Mark Grotjahn makes conceptually grounded paintings that collide abstract and figurative elements to unsettle the conventions of each. By continuously combining the seemingly incompatible poles of abstraction and figuration, realism and expressionism, rational logic and intuitive process, Grotjahn stakes a claim for the continued vitality of both abstraction and painting itself.
Kazimir Malevich, Painterly Realism of a Football Player—Color Masses in the Fourth Dimension, 1915 Oil on canvas 26 x 17 inches March 2 – April 30, 2011 I have transformed myself into the zero of form and dragged myself out of the rubbish-filled pool of Academic Art. I have destroyed the ring of the horizon and escaped from the circle of things, from the horizon-ring which confines the artist and the forms of nature. –Kazimir […]
Installation View February 27 – April 3, 2010 Blum & Poe is pleased to present our fifth solo exhibition of work by Mark Grotjahn. The exhibition is entitled, “Seven Faces” and will include up to twelve new paintings from Grotjahn’s “face” series. Visually reminiscent of Picasso, Grotjahn’s “face” paintings intermingle abstract and figurative renderings while dismantling and building on the conventions of modern and contemporary painting. Using sheets of cardboard that are primed and mounted […]
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Yellow Butterfly I Red P MARK GROTJAHN 07 781), 2007 Oil on linen, 63 x 53 inches May 30 – July 31, 2009 “I have an idea as to what sort of face is going to happen when I do a “face painting”, but I don’t exactly know what color it will take, or how many eyes it’s going to have, whereas the “butterfly paintings” are fairly planned out. They’re still intuitive, but I […]
Walkthrough with Curator Gary Garrels Curator Gary Garrels in conversation with artists Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool. Excerpts from interviews conducted by Hammer curator Gary Garrels with Oranges and Sardines artists. November 9 – February 8, 2009 Curated by Gary Garrels Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting with Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher […]
Lyubov Popova, Untitled from Six Prints. (c. 1916-1917) Linoleum cut title page with watercolor & gouache additions from a portfolio of six linoleum cuts June 11 — August 18, 2008 This exhibition, which inaugurates a series of newly opened galleries on the Museum’s second floor, surveys the widespread and recurring impulse toward geometric abstraction in modern and contemporary art. Artists representing various movements and geographical backgrounds are featured: Cubist, Dada, and Russian avant-garde artists of […]