WORK OF THE WEEK | KATHARINA GROSSE | Untitled, 2007
Welcome to our WORK OF THE WEEK series, where we highlight one exceptional work of art from our gallery each week. We want to give you the opportunity to engage with our program and to visit us virtually, while you cannot do so physically.
We start with a work on paper by Katharina Grosse. This artist is very dear to our hearts, as we have been following her closely for our private collection and we consider her to be one of the most important abstract painters working today. Her most recent institutional exhibition took place at the MFA Boston in 2019, where she was commissioned with a work which was shown in conversation with the ground-breaking 1943 mural by Jackson Pollock.
Katharina Grosse is best known for her large scale and colorful abstract paintings using an acrylic spray gun to apply paint. She began this practice in 1998 with the intention of extending the physical reach of her artistic gesture. This technique finds its first wide ranging application to works on paper in 2007, culminating in a show at FRAC Auvergne, which our work was part of. In this more condensed format, the layering of acrylic spray develops another dimension, creating a sense of depth in a purely abstract work, while also challenging the viewer to ponder the possible compositions concealed by layers of paint.
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ABOUT THE WORK
Born 1961 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Untitled 2007.3072 M, 2007
Acrylic on paper, 100 x 70.5 cm
Signed and dated verso
Inscribed verso: 2007.3072 M
Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich
Private collection, Switzerland
FRAC Auvergne, Katharina Grosse, THE FLOWER SHOW / SKROW NO REPAP, 2007 / 2008, p. 79
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Katharina Grosse, born 1961 in Freiburg im Breisgau and now based in Berlin, has been expanding the notion of painting in a seemingly effortless play between the explosive power of color, spacial setting, drawing, installation, and music, thereby absorbing and changing existing architecture. As with Imi Knoebel, color is a vital topic for Katharina Grosse. By applying color with a spray-gun and thereby extending her body with a mechanical device, layer for layer she creates new imagery. In her temporary in situ installations, the viewer not only looks at a painting but experiences a full immersion by entering the room of the work: walls, floors, and ceilings all fuse into one. Closely interlinked to the in situ installations are the works on canvas or paper created in the studio, which apply the same pictorial vocabulary and often serve as a vital part of the installations.
Katharina Grosse’s work is represented in major museums and private collections worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2018); chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China (2018); National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (2018); Rockaway! MoMA PS1, Fort Tilden, Queens, NY (2016); Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany (2015). A special exhibition dedicated to the artists’ works on paper was on view at Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany in 2015.