About the Exhibition
For the past two decades, Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Germany) has pushed the limits of painting, expanding the traditional notion of the canvas in both form and content. Interested in the spatial dimension of paint, Grosse wields a spray gun rather than a paintbrush, creating abstract and illusionistic layers of color and texture on unconventional surfaces. Grosse’s painting has transformed objects and environments as familiar and unexpected as building facades, piles of earth, domestic spaces, and abstract forms.
For Just Two of Us, Grosse has placed eighteen large, irregularly shaped sculptures in two separate clusters between the trees of the plaza. Like cosmic siblings, these craggy peaks call to mind unearthly forms: a jagged Technicolor quarry or piles of meteor debris. In contrast to their monumental scale and brutal shape, the ridges and valleys of each object create a delicate interplay of depth, movement and light. Veiled with Grosse’s diaphanous paint, they erupt in color as the boundaries of each plane are obliterated, transforming the plaza into an otherworldly landscape of vivid hues and undulating forms.
This exhibition is curated by Andria Hickey.
Katharina Grosse: Just Two of Us at MetroTech Commons is part of an ongoing program organized by the Public Art Fund, and sponsored by MetroTech Commons Associates and MetroTech companies including Forest City Ratner Companies, JPMorganChase, National Grid, WellChoice, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Special thanks to Forest City Ratner Companies and First New York Partners.
Public Art Fund exhibitions are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
About the Artist
Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions like the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2012): Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2011); and ARKEN Museum for Modern Kunst, Denmark (2009). Recent group exhibitions include The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St. Ives, UnitedKingdom (2011); Embrace!, Denver Art Museum (2009); and Space as Medium, Miami Art Museum (2009). Grosse’s work has been commissioned by institutions across the globe, including Amsterdam's de Appel Arts Center, Paris's Palais de Tokyo, The Chinati Foundation in 3 of 3Marfa, Texas, the The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, and the Queensland Art Gallery, in Brisbane. Katharina Grosse is represented by Galerie Johann König in Berlin.