Sale: 535 / Evening Sale with Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Dec. 09. 2022 in Munich Lot 2

 

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Katharina Grosse
Ohne Titel, 2003.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 94,000
Sold:
€ 237,500 / $ 223,250

(incl. surcharge)
Ohne Titel. 2003.
Acrylic on canvas.
Signed, dated and inscribed with the work number "2003/1012 M" on the reverse. 217 x 130 cm (85.4 x 51.1 in).

• The year the work was made, Katharina Grosse was awarded the acclaimed Fred Thieler Prize for Painting from the Berlinische Galerie - an award for artists living in Germany and with a relevance for the development of contemporary art.
• Similar works from the 2000s are at important museums like the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.
• In 2017, Katharina Grosse joined the artist squad of Gagosian Gallery, New York.
• Over the past few years, the artist had grand solo shows at the HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, and the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
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We are grateful to the Studio Katharina Grosse, Berlin, for the kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica (acquired there in 2006).

"I think color is of course the centre, the core of my thinking, my acting, my main material. It has also been the guideline throughout all the development that I have made as an artist."
Katharina Grosse in an interview with Marc-Christoph Wagner for the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk in August 2020.

Katharina Grosse's painting has an expansive power and creates pictorial spaces that are different from the spaces of our everyday, three-dimensional world. Since the turn of the millennium, a group of works has emerged in which Grosse works with structures of colored lines. Color and line merge into color bands that stretch across the surface of the picture in concentric arcs or like wickerwork, forming a multidimensional fabric. The artist superimposes the paint in dense layers, but also leaves gaps, openings and breaks. The colors are transparent, the layers of color underneath remain visible, creating an impression of spatial depth. The present work from 2003, which captivates the viewer with both its arresting dimensions and a mesh of iridescent violet, orange and turquoise-blue tones, is a particularly beautiful example from this creative period. The palette impresses with color chords that, through partial overlapping, create an interesting mix of hues. The eyes wander across the huge canvas, linger here or there, and try to reveal the process of creation. The artist achieves the impression of floating colors through the way she applies the paint. She gently draws the broad brush soaked with strongly thinned paint across the canvas. The fascination that the work exerts on the observer is increased by the fact that the picture is not finite, it is open to all sides can seems to continue beyond the actual format. This is accompanied by the lack of a clear pictorial center and the pictorial structure becomes an even, thousand-fold interwoven fabric, like a flood in which the individual phenomena emerge or submerge. In this work Katharina Grosse plays with the topic of dissolution of boundaries and addresses the question of the pictorial space - a concept that she pursues to the extreme in her large-scale paintings and spatial installations. [SM]



2
Katharina Grosse
Ohne Titel, 2003.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 94,000
Sold:
€ 237,500 / $ 223,250

(incl. surcharge)