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Frieze New York Online
Katharina Grosse

May 6–15, 2020

Gagosian is pleased to present a selection of new works on paper and recent sculptures by Katharina Grosse for the online edition of Frieze New York. These works will premiere simultaneously on the inaugural Frieze Viewing Room and the Frieze app.

A selection of new works on paper will be exhibited for the first time in this presentation. Spraying over a single sheet of paper in broad arcs and zigzags, Grosse creates rhythmic markings. Rough-edged yet crisp stenciled shapes are partially veiled by light speckles of sprayed pigment, revealing Grosse’s ability to alternate between exuberant force and more detailed control. These intensely textural compositions hint at sculptural form as well as at the colossal movements of nature; grounded in deep greens and teal blues, they conjure swirling, aqueous depths.

Also available are four sculptures from a series made in 2017, cast from cut polystyrene into solid aluminum forms that preserve the innate lightness of the original medium. Vibrant layers of acrylic paint are sprayed across the cast metal supports; the sweeping motions of the spray jet explore, enhance, or counteract the spatial contours of the form with clashes of warm and cool hues. The resulting polychrome sculptures exude an industrial artificiality and dynamism while maintaining a sense of the natural and organic through their resemblance to windswept rock formations or shards of bone.

In partnership with Frieze, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of selected works will be donated to Human Rights Watch.

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Photo: Mitro Hood, Baltimore Museum of Art

Photo: Mitro Hood, Baltimore Museum of Art

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