Katarina Grosse: Studio Paintings 1988-2022
Sabine Eckmann (Ed.), Gregory H. Williams, Graham Bader, Kathleen Bühler, Stephan Berg,
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Kunstmuseum Bern & Hatje Cantz, 2022
German artist Katharina Grosse (born 1961) is internationally celebrated for her large-scale on-site paintings that respond to built and natural environments. To date, less attention has been paid to her studio-based paintings. This publication corrects that oversight, providing the first in-depth exploration of Grosse’s studio-scale works, from her earliest paintings in the late 1980s to her most recent. Examining the powerful physical presence of these canvases and the central role they have played in Grosse’s experiments with color and paint, the catalog delves into their physical and optical properties, aesthetic potentials, qualities of independence and ability to create motion.
The immediate physical presence of color is central to Katharina Grosse’s creative endeavor. Through an open-ended process in which painting takes on the form of a performance, color embodies movement, making its sensory impact tangible. These issues not only drive her dramatically large site-related works painted across various surfaces in public places, they also inform her studio paintings, which have played an equally central role in her practice from the start. Bringing together 160 paintings, this publication serves as the first in-depth reference book on this important aspect of Grosse’s work. Five essays and an insightful interview with the artist explore how Grosse expands the concept of painting― not just in open space, but also on canvas―through a variety of ways, including her disregard of the traditional frame and her use of stencils, cut canvases, and elemental materials.