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Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2000 Acrylic on wall, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ⅜ inches (4.5 × 14.5 × 12.5 m), Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany, 2001© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Werner Hannappel

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2000

Acrylic on wall, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ⅜ inches (4.5 × 14.5 × 12.5 m), Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany, 2001
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Werner Hannappel

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2001 Acrylic on billboard, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ⅜ inches (4.5 × 12 m), Auckland, New Zealand, 2001© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2001

Acrylic on billboard, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ⅜ inches (4.5 × 12 m), Auckland, New Zealand, 2001
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2003 Acrylic on wall, 29 feet ⅜ inches × 57 feet 5 inches × 77 feet 1 ¼ inches (8.9 × 17.5 × 23.5 m), Pearson International Airport, Toronto© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Isaac Applebaum

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2003

Acrylic on wall, 29 feet ⅜ inches × 57 feet 5 inches × 77 feet 1 ¼ inches (8.9 × 17.5 × 23.5 m), Pearson International Airport, Toronto
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Isaac Applebaum

Katharina Grosse, Double Floor Painting, 2004 Acrylic on wall, bookshelf, and canvases, 22 feet 3 ¾ inches × 124 feet 8 inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches (6.8 × 38 × 11 m), Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Torben Eskerod

Katharina Grosse, Double Floor Painting, 2004

Acrylic on wall, bookshelf, and canvases, 22 feet 3 ¾ inches × 124 feet 8 inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches (6.8 × 38 × 11 m), Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Torben Eskerod

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2006 Acrylic on wall and canvas, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 75 feet 5 ½ inches × 9 feet 10 ⅛ inches (6 × 23 × 3 m), Museum Bochum, Germany© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on wall and canvas, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 75 feet 5 ½ inches × 9 feet 10 ⅛ inches (6 × 23 × 3 m), Museum Bochum, Germany
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann

Katharina Grosse, Cincy, 2006 Acrylic on wall, floor, glass, styrofoam, and soil, 15 feet 9 inches × 24 feet 3 ⅜ inches × 38 feet 8 ⅝ inches (4.8 × 7.4 × 11.8 m), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 27, 2006–May 06, 2007© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tony Walsh and Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Cincy, 2006

Acrylic on wall, floor, glass, styrofoam, and soil, 15 feet 9 inches × 24 feet 3 ⅜ inches × 38 feet 8 ⅝ inches (4.8 × 7.4 × 11.8 m), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 27, 2006–May 06, 2007
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tony Walsh and Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2006 Acrylic on wall, floor, glass, Styrofoam, and soil, 15 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 34 feet 5 ⅜ inches × 26 feet 3 inches (4.6 × 10.5 × 8 m), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, November 4, 2006–February 25, 2007© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018, photo by Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on wall, floor, glass, Styrofoam, and soil, 15 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 34 feet 5 ⅜ inches × 26 feet 3 inches (4.6 × 10.5 × 8 m), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, November 4, 2006–February 25, 2007
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018, photo by Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2008 Acrylic on various objects, 24 feet 7 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ½ inches × 16 feet 4 ¾ inches (7.5 × 12 × 5 m), New Orleans, November 1, 2008–January 18, 2009© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Studio Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2008

Acrylic on various objects, 24 feet 7 ¼ inches × 39 feet 4 ½ inches × 16 feet 4 ¾ inches (7.5 × 12 × 5 m), New Orleans, November 1, 2008–January 18, 2009
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Studio Grosse

Katharina Grosse, Un altro uomo che ha fatto sgocciolare il sui pennello, 2008 Acrylic on wall and floor, polyester resin, soil, canvas, and various objects, 26 feet 3 inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches (8 × 11 × 11 m), Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, September 19, 2008–January 6, 2009© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Paolo Terzi

Katharina Grosse, Un altro uomo che ha fatto sgocciolare il sui pennello, 2008

Acrylic on wall and floor, polyester resin, soil, canvas, and various objects, 26 feet 3 inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches (8 × 11 × 11 m), Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, September 19, 2008–January 6, 2009
© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Paolo Terzi

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Stuntweed, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany, May 1–September 13, 2009 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Stuntweed, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany, May 1–September 13, 2009

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Shadowbox, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, April 10–June 14, 2009 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Shadowbox, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, April 10–June 14, 2009

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Katharina Grosse, One Floor Up More Highly, 2010 Acrylic on wall, floor, clothing, Styrofoam, and fiberglass reinforced plastic, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts, April 4, 2010–January 1, 2012© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Art Evans

Katharina Grosse, One Floor Up More Highly, 2010

Acrylic on wall, floor, clothing, Styrofoam, and fiberglass reinforced plastic, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts, April 4, 2010–January 1, 2012
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Art Evans

Katharina Grosse, In Seven Days Time, 2011 Acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic, 30 feet 2 ¼ inches × 63 feet 11 ¾ inches × 4 ¾ inches (9.2 × 19.5 × .1 m), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann and David Ertl

Katharina Grosse, In Seven Days Time, 2011

Acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic, 30 feet 2 ¼ inches × 63 feet 11 ¾ inches × 4 ¾ inches (9.2 × 19.5 × .1 m), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann and David Ertl

Katharina Grosse, Third Man Begins Digging through Her Pockets, 2012 Acrylic on wall, 39 feet 6 ⅞ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 30 feet 11 ¾ inches (12.1 × 11 × 9.4 m), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, October 8, 2012–September 1, 2013© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tim Safraneck

Katharina Grosse, Third Man Begins Digging through Her Pockets, 2012

Acrylic on wall, 39 feet 6 ⅞ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 30 feet 11 ¾ inches (12.1 × 11 × 9.4 m), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, October 8, 2012–September 1, 2013
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tim Safraneck

Katharina Grosse, Third Man Begins Digging through Her Pockets, 2012 Acrylic on wall, 39 feet 6 ⅞ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 30 feet 11 ¾ inches (12.1 × 11 × 9.4 m), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, October 8, 2012–September 1, 2013© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tim Safraneck

Katharina Grosse, Third Man Begins Digging through Her Pockets, 2012

Acrylic on wall, 39 feet 6 ⅞ inches × 36 feet 1 ⅛ inches × 30 feet 11 ¾ inches (12.1 × 11 × 9.4 m), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, October 8, 2012–September 1, 2013
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Tim Safraneck

Katharina Grosse, Sie trocknen ihre Knie mit einem Kissen, 2012 Acrylic on wall and canvas, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 52 feet 5 ⅞ inches × 27 feet 10 ⅝ inches (6 × 16 × 8.5 cm), Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Sie trocknen ihre Knie mit einem Kissen, 2012

Acrylic on wall and canvas, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 52 feet 5 ⅞ inches × 27 feet 10 ⅝ inches (6 × 16 × 8.5 cm), Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Just Two of Us, 2013 Acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic, dimensions variable, MetroTech Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, October 27, 2013–July 13, 2014© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: James Ewing

Katharina Grosse, Just Two of Us, 2013

Acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic, dimensions variable, MetroTech Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, October 27, 2013–July 13, 2014
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: James Ewing

Katharina Grosse, Wunderblock, 2013 Acrylic on canvas, soil, and wall, 14 feet 1 ⅜ inches × 8 feet 6 ⅜ inches × 66 feet 11 ¼ inches (4.3 × 2.6 × 20.4 cm), Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, June 1–September 1, 2013© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Kevin Todora

Katharina Grosse, Wunderblock, 2013

Acrylic on canvas, soil, and wall, 14 feet 1 ⅜ inches × 8 feet 6 ⅜ inches × 66 feet 11 ¼ inches (4.3 × 2.6 × 20.4 cm), Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, June 1–September 1, 2013
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Kevin Todora

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Two Younger Women Come In and Pull Out a Table, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, February 16–June 9, 2013 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Peter Cox

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Two Younger Women Come In and Pull Out a Table, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, February 16–June 9, 2013

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Peter Cox

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Two Younger Women Come In and Pull Out a Table, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, February 16–June 9, 2013 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Peter Cox

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Two Younger Women Come In and Pull Out a Table, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, February 16–June 9, 2013

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Peter Cox

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Inside the Speaker—Leinwandsaal, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany, September 30, 2014–February 1, 2015 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Inside the Speaker—Leinwandsaal, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany, September 30, 2014–February 1, 2015

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Inside the Speaker—Erdraum, 2014 Acrylic on fabric, soil, and glass fiber reinforced plastic, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 136 feet 9 ¾ inches × 61 feet 4 ¼ inches (4.5 × 41.7 × 18.7 cm), Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany, September 30, 2014–February 1, 2015© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Inside the Speaker—Erdraum, 2014

Acrylic on fabric, soil, and glass fiber reinforced plastic, 14 feet 9 ¼ inches × 136 feet 9 ¾ inches × 61 feet 4 ¼ inches (4.5 × 41.7 × 18.7 cm), Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany, September 30, 2014–February 1, 2015
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, psychylustro—The Warehouse, 2014 Acrylic on wall and various objects, 68 feet 10 ⅞ inches × 475 feet 8 ¾ inches (21 × 145 cm), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Steve Weinik

Katharina Grosse, psychylustro—The Warehouse, 2014

Acrylic on wall and various objects, 68 feet 10 ⅞ inches × 475 feet 8 ¾ inches (21 × 145 cm), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Steve Weinik

Katharina Grosse, psychylustro—The Drama Wall, 2014 Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 41 feet ⅛ inches × 328 feet 1 inch × 14 feet 9 ¼ inches (12.5 × 100 × 4.5 m), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Steve Weinik

Katharina Grosse, psychylustro—The Drama Wall, 2014

Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 41 feet ⅛ inches × 328 feet 1 inch × 14 feet 9 ¼ inches (12.5 × 100 × 4.5 m), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Steve Weinik

Katharina Grosse, Wer, ich? Wen, Du? (Who, I? Whom, You?), 2014 Acrylic on foam and floor, 22 feet 8 ⅛ inches × 111 feet 6 ⅝ inches × 180 feet 5 ⅜ inches (6.9 × 34 × 55 m), Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, June 6–October 12, 2014© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nicolas UMJ Lackner

Katharina Grosse, Wer, ich? Wen, Du? (Who, I? Whom, You?), 2014

Acrylic on foam and floor, 22 feet 8 ⅛ inches × 111 feet 6 ⅝ inches × 180 feet 5 ⅜ inches (6.9 × 34 × 55 m), Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, June 6–October 12, 2014
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nicolas UMJ Lackner

Katharina Grosse, yes no why later, 2015 Acrylic on fabric and wood, 18 feet ⅝ inches × 59 feet ¾ inches (5.5 × 18 × 44 m), Garage Pavilion, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, June 1–August 9, 2015© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Egor Sliziak

Katharina Grosse, yes no why later, 2015

Acrylic on fabric and wood, 18 feet ⅝ inches × 59 feet ¾ inches (5.5 × 18 × 44 m), Garage Pavilion, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, June 1–August 9, 2015
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Egor Sliziak

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2015 Acrylic on canvas, 94 ½ × 152 ¾ inches (240 × 388 cm)© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2015

Acrylic on canvas, 94 ½ × 152 ¾ inches (240 × 388 cm)
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Olaf Bergmann

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Sieben Stunden, Acht Stimmen, Drei Bäume, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, July 10–October 11, 2015 © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Sieben Stunden, Acht Stimmen, Drei Bäume, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, July 10–October 11, 2015

© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Untitled Trumpet, 2015 Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 21 feet 7 ¾ inches × 68 feet 10 ¾ inches × 42 feet 7 ⅞ inches (6.6 × 21 × 13 m), Biennale di Venezia, Venice, May 9–November 22, 2015© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Untitled Trumpet, 2015

Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 21 feet 7 ¾ inches × 68 feet 10 ¾ inches × 42 feet 7 ⅞ inches (6.6 × 21 × 13 m), Biennale di Venezia, Venice, May 9–November 22, 2015
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, 114 ¼ × 76 inches (290 × 193 cm)© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016

Acrylic on canvas, 114 ¼ × 76 inches (290 × 193 cm)
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Katharina Grosse, Rockaway!, 2016 Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 49 feet 2 ⅝ inches × 114 feet 10 inches (6 × 15 × 35 cm), Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, New York, July 3, 2016–September 15, 2017© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

Katharina Grosse, Rockaway!, 2016

Acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, 19 feet 8 ¼ inches × 49 feet 2 ⅝ inches × 114 feet 10 inches (6 × 15 × 35 cm), Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, New York, July 3, 2016–September 15, 2017
© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

Katharina Grosse, This Drove My Mother up the Wall, 2017 Acrylic on wall and floor, 22 feet 11 ⅝ inches × 68 feet 10 ¾ inches × 32 feet 9 ¾ inches (7 × 21 × 10 m), South London Gallery, September 28–December 3, 2017© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

Katharina Grosse, This Drove My Mother up the Wall, 2017

Acrylic on wall and floor, 22 feet 11 ⅝ inches × 68 feet 10 ¾ inches × 32 feet 9 ¾ inches (7 × 21 × 10 m), South London Gallery, September 28–December 3, 2017
© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2018 Acrylic on canvas, 86 ⅝ × 59 ⅛ inches (220 × 150 cm)© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2018

Acrylic on canvas, 86 ⅝ × 59 ⅛ inches (220 × 150 cm)
© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: Jens Ziehe

About

A painting is simply a screen between the producer and the spectator where both can look at the thought processes residing on the screen from different angles and points in time. It enables me to look at the residue of my thinking.
—Katharina Grosse

Widely known for her in situ paintings, in which explosive color is sprayed directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, Katharina Grosse embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark.

Born in Freiberg im Breisgau, Germany, Grosse began painting at an early age, always attuned to the ways that color and light merged with thought itself. In her works on canvas from the 1990s, she juxtaposed colors of various densities and temperatures, repeating vertical, transparent brushstrokes. These led to related works painted directly onto the wall, where she lined hallways and staircases in sublime fields of artificial color. Introducing the spray gun as a painting tool, she began to paint across architectural interiors and exteriors. She produced her first work, a monochrome, using this technique at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, in 1998, spray painting the upper corner of a gallery in a deep green that spread partially down two adjacent walls and onto the ceiling. In 2000 Grosse became a professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee; and she taught the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf from 2010–2018.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Grosse combined the intersecting streaks of previous works with the cloud-like forms and mists made possible by the spray gun. The in situ paintings expanded in scale as she explored the liquidity and vast reach of the medium. In 2004, at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, she sprayed the gallery interior along with clothing, papers, eggs, and coins scattered across the floor; and in 2005, at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, she hung two huge canvases on the wall: one already painted, and one blank. She painted the latter on site, as well as the wall on which it hung. She then took down the painted canvas and leaned it against the wall on the floor, leaving a blank white rectangle.

For Grosse, there are no distinctions between painting, sculpture, and architecture. In addition to painting on canvases and over found materials like buildings and trees she also creates large polyurethane, Styrofoam, and cast-metal sculptures that act as abstract armatures for her paintings. Her in situ painting Untitled Trumpet was included in the Biennale di Venezia, in 2015, and Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, presented a major survey of her works on paper that same year. In 2016, adding to a sequence of significant public commissions in the US, she created a work for MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! series at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, New York, transforming a derelict aquatics center with sprays of red, white, and magenta. The following year, Gagosian presented Grosse’s first solo exhibition in New York, featuring major works from several interconnected suites of paintings, and one cast-metal sculpture. In these canvases, monadic forms migrate from one painting to another, appearing in new layers or fusing into clusters that advance and retreat. The paintings record Grosse’s ongoing reflections on color, density, and velocity, as well as her use of stencils applied directly to the surface throughout the painting process.

 In her most recent site-responsive paintings, Grosse has incorporated lengths of painted fabric, draped from the ceiling and spilling onto the floor, thus adding even more dimensionality to her immersive paintings. The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then It Stopped (2018) for Carriageworks, Sydney, was comprised of more than 27,000 square feet of suspended fabric, draped, knotted and folded across and through the nineteenth century industrial architecture of the building. In Wunderbild (2018), for the National Gallery in Prague, Grosse produced an imposing enfilade of paintings on loose cloth, draped from the walls on two sides. Painted on the floor of her Berlin studio, Wunderbild creates a bridge between Grosse’s studio canvases and in situ paintings, and its aqueous fields of color are punctuated by white palimpsests of negative space. This development continued in Prototypes of Imagination, Gagosian Britannia Street (2018), in which an entire wall of the gallery was covered by a sheet of painted fabric, asserting new spatial and temporal transformations.

Katharina Grosse

Photo: Andrea Stappert

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Magenta/Gold), 1994–2007 © Jeff Koons

Art Fair

Art Basel

June 13–16, 2019, booth C9
Messe Basel
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel, presenting works by Georg Baselitz, Joe Bradley, Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Alberto Giacometti, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, Albert Oehlen, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Mary Weatherford, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at artbasel.com.

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Magenta/Gold), 1994–2007 © Jeff Koons

Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong

March 29–31, 2019, booth 1C18
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, with works by Georg Baselitz, Edmund de Waal, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Duane Hanson, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Giorgio Morandi, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, Zao Wou-Ki, Zeng Fanzhi, and others. 

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at artbasel.com.

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Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

Art Fair

FOG Design+Art

January 17–20, 2019, booth 309
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
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Gagosian is pleased to participate in FOG Design+Art 2019, with modern and contemporary artworks by Joe Bradley, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, Giuseppe Penone, Nancy Rubins, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Adriana Varejão, Mary Weatherford, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Richard Wright, and others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at fogfair.com. To preview our booth, go to artsy.net.

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Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

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Museum Exhibitions

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2014 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

On View

Katharina Grosse in
In Bester Gesellschaft

Through August 4, 2019
Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin
www.smb.museum

In bester Gesellschaft, which translates to In Good Company, presents a selection of the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett’s most important acquisitions from the past ten years, ranging from those dating to the late Middle Ages to recent works. Work by Katharina Grosse is included.

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2014 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2011 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019

On View

Frozen Gesture
Gesten in der Malerei von Roy Lichtenstein bis Katharina Grosse

Through August 18, 2019
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
www.kmw.ch

In 1965 Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Brushstrokes and in doing so highlighted the fundamental elements of the image, such as the appearance of the colors and the pigment, the color fields and their limits, and not least the application of paint in the form of a gesture. This exhibition aims to explore the sheer range of gestures in contemporary painting. Work by Katharina Grosse, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Reed is included.

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2011 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943 © 2019 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

On View

Mural
Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse

Through February 23, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943) is recognized as one of the pivotal achievements of the artist’s career, the moment when he left figuration behind, expanded the scale of his work, and started to develop his signature drip technique. The MFA has commissioned German artist Katharina Grosse to respond to this work, in an effort to demonstrate how the two artists have respectively transformed painting through their innovative techniques and approaches to massive scale.

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943 © 2019 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2015 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019

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Katharina Grosse in
German Forest

May 23, 2017–June 12, 2019
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
albertinum.skd.museum

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, 2019

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