Embracing the events and incidents that arise as she paints, Katharina Grosse opens up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. While she is widely known for her temporary and permanent in situ work, which she paints directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, her approach begins in the studio. With calculated focus, she allows new patterns and procedures in her paintings to emerge from action, further multiplying this potential with stencils cut from cardboard and thick foam rubber—tools with which to develop further cuts, layers, and perspectival depths. Grosse’s gestures unfold all at the same time in unmixed acrylic colors, engulfing the viewer in a toxic sublime.
Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany. She studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and Kunstakademie Münster, Germany. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Hammer Projects: Katharina Grosse, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001); Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, South Korea (2001); Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (2002); Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2002); Perspectives 143: Katharina Grosse, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2004); Safn, Reykjavík (2004); Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark (2004); Something Leadlight, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2005); Constructions à cru, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2006); Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen (2006); FRAC Auvergne, France (2007); Atoms Outside Eggs, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2007); FRAC Auvergne, France (2008); Hello Little Butterfly I Love You What’s Your Name, ARKEN—Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen (2009); Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany (2009); Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany (2010); One Floor Up More Highly, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2010); Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2011); Third Man Begins Digging Through Her Pockets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2012); Two younger women come in and pull out a table, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2013); WUNDERBLOCK, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2013); Inside the Speaker, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2014); yes no why later, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); Seven Hours, Eight Rooms, Three Trees, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2015); and Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany (2016). Grosse’s recent site-specific installations include Untitled Trumpet, for the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); Rockaway! for MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! program (2016); The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Meters, Then It Stopped, Carriageworks, Sydney (2018); and Wunderbild, National Gallery, Prague (2018).
Grosse lives and works in Berlin.
From the Quarterly
Katharina Grosse at Carriageworks
On the occasion of Katharina Grosse’s latest in situ painting The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then It Stopped, at Carriageworks, Sydney, a series of video-interviews with the artist were created.
Katharina Grosse reflects on the work of Cy Twombly.
An interview between Katharina Grosse and Louise Neri. The two discuss Grosse’s process and examine the countless perceptual possibilities of her medium.
Fairs, Events & Announcements
NY Art Book Fair
September 21–23, 2018, project space room, booth S202
MoMA PS1, New York
Gagosian is participating in the NY Art Book Fair 2018 with a special project space conceived in collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe, exploring visual and notational approaches to dance and movement. Forsythe is a radical innovator in choreography and dance who has redefined the very syntax and praxis of his field. In the course of his singular career spanning five decades, he has developed an extensive repertoire of groundbreaking ballet choreographies and experimental, non-proscenium-based dance-theater works, as well as an open-access digital platform for dance analysis, notation, and improvisation.
At the NYABF, printed materials and videos by Forsythe are featured alongside selected Gagosian publications, as well as additional books and ephemera that reveal Forsythe’s wide-ranging influences and interests including Chris Burden, Katharina Grosse, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Rachel Whiteread.
William Forsythe, Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, 2011, performed by William Forsythe © William Forsythe
Seattle Art Fair
August 2–5, 2018, booth A09
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle
Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, a booth curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The presentation gathers works that reveal artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos. Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Taryn Simon, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol, among others.
Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 29–31, 2018, booth ICI8
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong. To view highlights from the booth in advance of the fair visit www.artsy.com. Our presentation will include works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Alexander Calder, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Edmund De Waal, Jean Dubuffet, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Walton Ford, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Karen Kneffel, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, and Zeng Fanzhi. Tickets are available at www.artbasel.com.
Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018
Opening this Week
The World on Paper
September 27, 2018–January 7, 2019
Palais Populaire by Deutsche Bank, Berlin
This exhibition includes works on paper by 133 artists from thirty-four countries and explores the evolution of this medium from postwar modernism to the digital age. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Katharina Grosse is included.
Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher
The Flexible Plan
The Rococo in Contemporary Art
Through January 6, 2019
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
The Flexible Plan: The Rococo in Contemporary Art examines the survival of European grandeur in contemporary art. The exhibition presents a varied panorama of works against the backdrop of the Rococo castle that houses the museum. Work by Glenn Brown and Katharina Grosse is included.
Glenn Brown, The Life Hereafter, 2011, Scharpff Collection © Glenn Brown
Through January 6, 2019
National Gallery, Prague
Katharina Grosse has been invited to develop a site-responsive work for the main hall of the Trade Fair Palace in the National Gallery, Prague. Wunderbild, which consists of two outsize paintings on cloth, will hang from the wall.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Wunderbild, National Gallery, Prague, February 16, 2018–January 6, 2019, commissioned by National Gallery Prague © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. Photo by Nic Tenwiggenhorn, courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Gagosian, and König Gallery
Katharina Grosse in
May 23, 2017–June 12, 2018
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
This exhibition of works from the first half of the nineteenth century brings together works from the collection of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden related to themes of forests, trees, and hunting. A monumental work by Katharina Grosse appears alongside these Romantic and early Realist paintings, acting as both a corrective to and shift away from the earlier work.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2015 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018