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Katharina Grosse


Katharina Grosse — Born 1961, Freiburg, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Represented by Konig Galerie, Berlin/London/Vienna/Seoul; and Gagosian, Paris/Basel/London/Geneva/Rome/Athens/New York/Los Angeles/Hong Kong.


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. For Grosse, there are no distinctions between painting, sculpture, and architecture. In addition to painting on canvases and over found materials like buildings and trees, she also creates large polyurethane, Styrofoam, and cast-metal sculptures that act as abstract armatures for her paintings. 

"A painting is simply a screen between the producer and the spectator where both can look at the thought processes residing on the screen from different angles and points in time. It enables me to look at the residue of my thinking."— Katharina Grosse


Grosse studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she became a professor of painting later onwards (2010-18), having previously taught at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (2000–10). Major exhibitions of Grosse’s work have appeared at the Public Art Fund, Nasher Sculpture Center, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA Cleveland, Mass MoCA, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Hammer Museum - among others. 


Bad Girls 2021 - Featured Work

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Katharina GROSSE

Untitled, 2018

acrylic on canvas

265 x 175 cm - 104.3 x 68.9 inches


Not for sale.

Courtesy of the Bhansali Collection.

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