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.
Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.
Artist Spotlight: Katharina Grosse features a recent work from the artist’s studio. For more information, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Zan Wimberley
Katharina Grosse: The Movement Comes from Outside
Katharina Grosse discusses her exhibition Is It You? at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Gagosian’s Jona Lueddeckens. They consider what sets the Baltimore installation apart from its predecessors, and how Grosse sees the relationship of the human body to her immersive environments as opposed to her canvases.
Katharina Grosse: I see what she did there
On the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Terry R. Myers muses on the manipulations of time in Grosse’s work.
Women Artists: Katharina Grosse
In this film by Claudia Müller, Katharina Grosse curates a virtual exhibition of works by ten female artists, including Valie Export, Isa Genzken, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Wangechi Mutu, and others. Speaking about each artist’s practice, she explains what draws her to the selected works, which range from painting and sculpture to performance video and installation.
Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud
We take a visual tour through Katharina Grosse’s Mumbling Mud and the installation process behind it as the artist discusses the effects of the work’s merging of built and painted space.
Trouvé and Grosse: Villa Medici
Tatiana Trouvé and Katharina Grosse discuss their exhibition Le numerose irregolarità, at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici, with curator Chiara Parisi.
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 was created.
Katharina Grosse | Tatiana Trouvé
September 13–November 30, 2019
An Exhibition for Notre-Dame
June 11–July 27, 2019
Prototypes of Imagination
May 16–July 27, 2018
Britannia Street, London
January 19–March 11, 2017
555 West 24th Street, New York
Katharina Grosse is available for online reading from May 13 through June 12 as part of Artist Spotlight: Katharina Grosse. The book documents the artist’s 2017 exhibition at Gagosian in New York, as well as important in situ works such as Rockaway! (2016). The publication includes essays by Dan Cameron and Okwui Enwezor, additional texts by Louise Neri, and a conversation with the artist by Isabelle Graw.
Katharina Grosse (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
In 2016, MoMA PS1 invited Katharina Grosse to transform an abandoned building at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, New York, into an artwork using her technique of spraying brightly colored paint directly onto the structure. In this video, produced by the museum and featuring footage of the work being made, Grosse explains the concepts and process behind the project, and her interest in color and scale.
Still from “Katharina Grosse: Rockaway!”
Friday, October 25, 2019, 6–7pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Gagosian Shop is pleased to host a launch event with Katharina Grosse and Parley for the Oceans, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to promoting ocean sustainability. To benefit Parley for the Oceans, Grosse has produced a series of uniquely painted surfboards constructed from sustainably sourced wood—reducing foam, resin, and fiberglass use. There will be remarks by Grosse and Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley, and the artist’s 2018 Gagosian monograph will be available for purchase. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Limited-edition surfboard by Katharina Grosse, produced in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019. Photo: Jens Ziehe
Opening this Week
It Wasn’t Us
Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Katharina Grosse will use the historical hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof and the outdoor area behind the building as the site for a new work that radically destabilizes and renegotiates the existing order of the space of the museum. Incorporating the floor of the hall and Styrofoam sculptural elements as a pictorial ground, her painting will extend beyond the building’s walls and into public space, inviting us to reconsider our habits of seeing, thinking, and perceiving.
Katharina Grosse, I Think This Is a Pine Tree, 2013, installation view, Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Photo: Thomas Bruns
Is It You?
Through June 28, 2020
Baltimore Museum of Art
For this exhibition Katharina Grosse presents five recent paintings and a new site-related environment. The central gallery is transformed with an expansive, immersive fabric installation that is partially suspended from the ceiling, creating a cloth “room” with vibrantly painted undulating walls.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Is It You?, Baltimore Museum of Art, March 1–June 28, 2020. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Photo: Mitro Hood, courtesy Baltimore Museum of Art
Katharina Grosse in
Collezione MAXXI. Lo spazio dell’immagine
Opened November 21, 2018
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
The spirit and the identity of the museum are being renewed with a display of more than thirty works by twenty-six artists. Dedicated to the museum’s new acquisitions, this group show aims to create a counterpoint between the abstract and the figurative. Work by Katharina Grosse is included.
Katharina Grosse, Ingres Wood Seven, 2017 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019 Photo: Jens Ziehe
Katharina Grosse in
Alexander Kluge: The Power of Music / The Opera: Temple of Seriousness
October 20, 2019–April 19, 2020
Kunsthalle Weishaupt and Museum Ulm, Germany
At the core of this exhibition was the power of music, which reaches special levels of expression in opera. The emotional power of socially relevant themes was explored through film, science, literature, and art, including work by Katharina Grosse.
Katharina Grosse, Stage 2—The Profit, 2019 © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2020