Katharina Grosse
At work in museum De Pont
Katharina Grosse
1961, lives and works in Berlin

Since the 1990s Katharina Grosse
has built up a repertoire consisting
of large painted canvasses and bright
acrylic colours sprayed onto both
interior and exterior walls, ceilings
and floors. It is a way of working
related to Colour Field Painting and
Abstract Expressionism, between
Impressionism and graffiti,
performance, process and
installation art. She investigates the
limits of painting by using different
concepts belonging to contemporary
and traditional artistic expression, in
which making and presenting
paintings continues to occupy an
important place.
Passing by the work
from Anish Kapoor
These impressive works bring
painting back to its essence: the
applying of pure colour onto a
surface. By repainting, removing
and relocating parts, the dynamism
of the working process is revealed.
The complex works possess a large
degree of drama Sometimes they are
light and airy, but more often they
are dark and destructive. There is
always more to discover: Grosse’s
unorthodox work deserves to be
viewed meticulously. The detail
demands just as much attention as
the whole that obtains a three-
dimensional dimension. Her
paintings run effortlessly from wall
to ceiling or floor, bending round
corners of adjacent surfaces. You are
literally standing in the middle of a
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art

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