Sale: 550 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2024 in Munich Lot 123000904


123000904
Katharina Grosse
Ohne Titel, 2000.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 140,000 - 180,000

 
$ 149,800 - 192,600

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.
Ohne Titel. 2000.
Acrylic on canvas.
Signed and dated on the reverse as well as twice inscribed with the dimensions. Inscribed with the work number 2000/1045 L" on the stretcher and on a label by a hand other than that of the artist. 260 x 190 cm (102.3 x 74.8 in).
Until September 22, 2024 The Kunstmuseum Bonn shows the comprehensive exhibiton "Katharina Grosse. Studio Paintings 1988-2023", which had previously benn on display at Kunstmuseum Bern (2023) and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis (2022).

• Master of the spray gun: large-format work in Grosse's characteristic spray technique.
• Katharina Grosse is one of the internationally most successful contemporary German artists.
• She has recently been honored with spectacular solo exhibitions at the Albertina in Vienna (2023/24), the Kunstmuseum Bern (2023) and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2020/21).
• Her spray-painted works can be found in, among others, the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich
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The work is registered in the catalogue raisonné with the number "2000/1045". We are grateful to the Studio Katharina Grosse, Berlin, for the kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: Private collection Switzerland.
Private collection Berlin (acquired from the above).

"I start painting from scratch, without sketches. I make all painting decisions on the spot."
Katharina Grosse in a talk with Juliane Rohr, in: Katharina Grosse. Der Name ist Programm, ntv, August 9, 2020.

Today, Katharina Grosse is considered one of the most important and renowned painters of abstract contemporary art and a master of monumental painting. Starting with her color field paintings in the 1990s, her artistic work is an important and progressive contribution to contemporary art. She not only paints on paper, canvases and other traditional image carriers, but also on meter-long fabric structure, objects, floors, mounds of earth, walls and facades. Through her artistic intervention, she transforms entire premises and venues into over-sized installations. With her choice of materials and her special, characteristic way of applying the paint, the artist clearly shifts the boundaries of painting: although Grosse also works with conventional brushes and paint rollers, her preferred tool since 1998 has always been the spray gun. "I use anything that makes sense for my project. I came to spray painting by chance in the mid-nineties. I was living in Marseille and a friend let me try out an airbrush gun. The sight of the small spray dots scattered over the surface never let me go." (Katharina Grosse, quoted from: n-tv online, www.n-tv.de/leben/Katharina-Grosse-der-Name-ist-Programm-article21863889.html). The use of a spray gun minimizes the direct physical contact between the artist and her chosen medium, which no longer needs to be touched to apply the paint. As sole activity, spraying thus resembles the process of seeing and observing much more than the traditional painterly application of paint with a brush. Like the human gaze gliding over an object, the spray gun goes back and forth over the support with some distance. In this manner, Katharina Grosse also applies numerous, very different, subtle layers of paint, some with glossy pigments, which combine to form a harmonious whole on the canvas. Her unusual method and her perception of painting as pure "over-painting" - as a rejection of the traditional concept of painting - led to a critical transition in her artistic work in the late 1990s, proving that the once declared dead discipline of painting, still offers room for innovation, change and new discoveries. This can also be seen in the characteristic work offered here, as it provides the viewer with a very special visual experience thanks to the delicate yet intense mist of paint that wafts across the surface and the astonishing depth achieved through the different layers of paint application. [CH]



123000904
Katharina Grosse
Ohne Titel, 2000.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 140,000 - 180,000

 
$ 149,800 - 192,600

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.