Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse
Gagosian Gallery
New York, 555 West 24th Street

Following Rockaway!, her transformation of the crumbling aquatics building in Fort Tilden into an erratic monument of summertime melancholy, Katharina Grosse returns New York with her first gallery exhibition in the city. After joining Gagosian Gallery’s roster this summer, Grosse occupies the gallery’s 24th street location with her exuberant visual language for which she primarily employs spray paint. While chance plays a key role in this endeavor, her grasp of color, form, and texture bears mesmerizing juxtapositions of creative stimuli and determination.

  Katharina Grosse Untitled, 2016 Acrylic on canvas © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Photo by Jens Ziehe. Courtesy Gagosian

Katharina Grosse Untitled, 2016 Acrylic on canvas © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Photo by Jens Ziehe. Courtesy Gagosian

“I do not have a vision. I am the vision. There are no limits to painting; that´s why I am involved in it. I don’t experience “limits” as limits. There is no resistance when I am painting. The inside and the outside coexist.” — Katharina Grosse

Both harmonious and turbulent, Grosse’s abstract creations simultaneously contain energetic sharpness of geometrical forms and voluptuous and mellow fluidity of rounded contours. Abstraction grants the Berlin-based artist a limitless territory in terms of narrative and form; however, her bodily gestures while handling the spray paint deliver a balanced utilization of discipline and chaos on canvas. Although Grosse is widely know for her immersive occupations of interiors such as her ambitious installations at MassMoCA in 2010 and 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, her works on canvas offer the chance to experience the artist’s intimate color tones and meticulous painting process. “I do not have a vision. I am the vision. There are no limits to painting; that´s why I am involved in it. I don’t experience “limits” as limits. There is no resistance when I am painting. The inside and the outside coexist,” says Grosse in an interview with BOMB Magazine about her process and vision.

On view through March 11, 2017

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