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Gow Langsford Gallery



Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse
b.1961 Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Katharina Grosse is one of the most inventive and intriguing painters working today. Through a fusion of painting with architecture and sculpture, Grosse produces a physically immersive experience for the viewer, choosing to work directly onto walls and objects using an industrial spray gun.  Her spray painted works enliven surfaces as vast and unorthodox as building exteriors, disused bunkers and massive dirt piles, as intimate as her own bed, bookshelves and clothing, as conventional as a stretched canvas or paper.  Her method draws from a combination of art historical traditions—from fresco, plein-air painting, Abstract Expressionism and street graffiti.

Colour is essential to Grosse and she achieves intense, visceral arrangements through careful blending and application of primary and secondary colours.  Each hue has the function of distinguishing between different movements and her extremely physical process of application is reflected within the pictorial space. 

Born and based in Germany, Grosse’s work has been commissioned by institutions around the world, including Amsterdam's De Appel, Paris' Palais de Tokyo, The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions        

Psychopapier, Johann Konig, Berlin
Just Two Of Us, Downtown Brooklyn Plaza, Public Art Fund, New York
Mein Schreibtiscdh, Das Schneefeld, Kurt-Kurt, Berlin
Wunderblock, Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, USA
Snakes lie between her and the shore, Nachst St, Stephan, Vienna
Two younger women came in and pull out a table, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands
2012 They Had Taken Things Along to Eat Together, Johann Konig, Berlin
Blue Orange, Public Art Project, Vara, Sweden
Third Man Begins Digging Through Her Pockets, MOCA Cleveland, USA
Can You Spell Mixing, Dirimart, Istanbull, Turkey
2011 In Seven Days Time, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
MANNER SOLLEN FRAUEN WOLLEN, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
 One Floor Up More Highly, MASS MoCA, USA
Hello Little Butterfly I Love You What’s Your Name, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
2009 Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
Neues Museum, Nürnberg
Arken - Museum for Moderne Kunst, Kopenhagen
2008 FRACAuvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
Galleria Civia di Modena,Modena
2007 Serralves,Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto
Renaissance Society, Chicago
TheSurburban, Chicago
FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane
This Is Not My Cat, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2006  De Appel, Amsterdam
Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich
Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid
The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen
Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati
Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
2005  Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles
Solvent Space, Richmond, Virginia
Constructions á cru, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2004  Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
SAFN, Reykjavik
Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Viafarini, Milan
2003  Fred-Thieler-Preis, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich
2002  Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Galerie Gross, München
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Kunsthalle Kiel
Cool Puppen, Touring
2001  George Fraser Gallery/Billboard, Auckland
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Artsonje Museum, Kyongju, Korea
Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Wien
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen
2000  Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich (since 1995)
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg (since 1993)
1999  Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
Galerie Barbara Gross, München
open house, Chinati Foundation Marfa, Texas
1998  Kunstverein Heilbronn
Todd Gallery, London
Kunsthalle Bern, Projektraum
Sightspacific, Kunstverein Bremerhaven
1997  Petra Bungert Gallery, New York
Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf (since 1995)
1996  Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck
Selected Group Exhibitions

My Crippled Friend, CCAD, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Curitiba International Biennaial, Brazil
Mushroom Hunter, Katharina Grosse, Joanne Greenbaum and Chris Martin, The Hournal Gallery, New York
2012  Deutsche Malerei: Hohepupunkte aus sechs Jahrzehnten, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Sie trochnen ihre Knie mit einem Kissen, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Bildspeicher II, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Germany
Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >>2003, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Sculpted Matter, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
For Example Painting, Galerie MArk Muller, Zurich
I am a Berliner, Convento Carmelo, Sassari, Italy
I am a Berliner, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
2011 The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St. Ives/ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
HDLU/ 1st Biennale of Painting, Home of HDLU, Mestrovic Pavillion, Zagreb, Croatia
 Rudolf Steiner und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg  
Grosse/Grosse, Barbara & Katharina Grosse, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany 
Ellipse, Quadriennale 2010 Düsseldorf, Germany
If not in this period of time - Contemporary German Painting, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil
The 2nd Today's Documents, Negotiations, Today Art Museum Beijing, China.
2009 John Leech and Gow Langsford Galleries Spring Catalogue Exhibition 2009, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Space as Medium, Miami Art Museum
Embrace!, Denver Art Museum 
Helmhaus, Zürich 
2006  Tokyo-Berlin/Berlin-Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
DEUTSCHE WANDSTUCKE Sette scene di nuova pittura germanica, Museion, Bozen
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. Die kunst zweier Städte, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Der Blaue Reiter im 21 Jahrhundert. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Taipei Biennial, Taipei
2005  Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
2004  Raumfürraum, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf
2003  deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
There’s no land but the land, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe
3D, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
German Contmeporary Art, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea
New abstract painting - painting abstract now. Abstraktion in der neuen Malerei,
Museum Morsbrioch Leverkusen
Soziale Fassaden u.a., Städtische Galerie im Lenbachaus, Munich
Grazie, Stiftung Schloß Dyck, Jüchen
PAINTING4, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham
Caso, Osaka
Process, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helinski
Final Cuts, Union, London
2002  25. Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
“Urgent Painting”, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2001  Milano Europa 2000, PAC, Milano
Ex(o)DUS, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
Casino 2001, SMAK, Gent
“Künstlerräume/Sammlerräume”, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
2000  Zeitwenden, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
1999  Chroma, Malerei der neunziger Jahre, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
Viereck und Kosmos, Amden und Kunsthaus Glarus
Ausloten: Fünf Positionen autonomer Malerei, Kunstverein Göttingen
Selections Fall '99, The Drawing Center, New York
Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Das Gedächtnis der Malerei, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau
Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Dr. Paint, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt
Pictures at an Exhibition, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Wien
1998  Every Day, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
1997  Abstraction/Abstractions - Geómétries Provisoires, Musée d´Art Moderne Saint-Etienne
Topping Out, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn
1996  Farbe - Malerei der 90er Jahre, Kunstmuseum Bonn
1995  Karo Dame, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendiaten, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Selected Publications

Ausloten: Fünf Positionen autonomer Malerei
, exhibition catalogue Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen 1999, with an essay by Roman Kurzmeyer.
Farbe - Malerei der 90er Jahre, exhibition catalogue Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn 1996, with an essay by Justus Jonas-Edel.
Fuchs, Rainer: Painting - A Game of Relation - Notes on Katharina Grosse, in: Parkett, Nr. 63, 2001, S. 154-162.
Katharina Grosse, catalogue Schmidt-Rottluff Stiftung, Dusseldorf 1995, with an essay by Andreas Denk.
Katharina Grosse, Nurnberg 1998, with essays by Roman Kurzmeyer, Ellen Seifermann and Armin Zweite.
Katharina Grosse, exhibition catalogue Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Bonn 1999, with essays by Nikola Doll and Christoph Schreier.
Katharina Grosse, exhibition catalogue Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen 2002, with an essay by Peter Friese
Katharina Grosse, Location, Location, Location, Dusseldorf 2002, with essays by Beat Wismer, Steffen Boddeker, Angela Schneider, Retrograde Strategies Cooperative, Judy Millar and Roman Kurzmeyer.
Katharina Grosse, Cool Puppen, exhibition catalogue Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; 
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Wolfratshausen 2002, with essays by Jonathan Watkins, Marion Ackermann, Roland 
Wäspe and Beate Ermacora.
Katharina Grosse. Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2003, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 2003, with a laudation of Armin Zweite.
Katharina Grosse. Infinite Logic Conference, exhibition catalogue Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm 2004, with an essay by Lars Mikael Raattamaa.
Katharina Grosse. Double Floor Painting, exhibition catalogue Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense 2004, with an essay by Lene Burkard and Tor Nørretranders and an interview by Cecilie Bepler.
Katharina Grosse. Holey Residue, exhibition catalogue de Appel, Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2006, with an essay by Janneke Wesseling. 
Katharina Grosse. Atoms Outside Eggs, exhibition catalogue Museu Serralves, Porto 2007, with essays by Ulrich Loock and Leonhard Emmerling.
Katharina Grosse. Picture Park, exhibition catalogue Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 2007, with an essay by Nicholas Chambers and an interview between Katharina Grosse and Robert Leonard.
Katharina Grosse. The Flowershow / SKROW NO REPAP, exhibition catalogue FRAC Auvergne, 2007/2008, with an essay by Jean-Charles Vergne.
Katharina Grosse. Un altro uomo che ha fatto sgocciolare il suo pennello, exhibition catalogue Galleria Civica, Modena 2008, with essays by Angela Vettese and Milovan Farronato.
Köhnen, Ralph: From System to Rhizome, in: Künstler, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Ausgabe 66, Munich 2004.
Kurzmeyer, Roman: Reflexive, in: Parkett, Nr. 74, 2005, pp. 144-146.
Nickas, Bob: Katharina Grosse, in: Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting, New York 2009
Obrist, Hans Ulrich: Orly. in Conversation with Katharina Grosse, in: Parkett, Nr. 74, 2005, pp. 134-139.
Vitamin P. New Perspectives in Painting, New York 2002, with an essay by Eric de Chassey.