San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Katharina Grosse has pushed the limits of painting to expand the traditional notion of the canvas in both form and content. Using a large nozzle spray paint gun, cranes, and scissor lifts, she has transformed building facades, urban landscapes, and domestic spaces with abstract and illusionistic layers of color and texture. From city center commissions to architectural interventions, her energetic large-scale public installations have focused on the artist’s desire to lend a sense of volume to paint, transforming each site into a vivid experience of color and depth for passersby and visitors alike. Grosse’s monumental New York debut, entitled Just Two of Us, is on view at Metrotech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn until September 2014.
Spring 2014 Series: Encounters: Artists, Cities and Communities
Through public commissions and site-responsive projects, the ways in which artists engage with the cities and sites they encounter continue to evolve alongside the communities and organizations that present their work. From citywide curatorial projects like Elmgreen & Dragset’s A Place Called Public in Munich, to Sam Durant’s investigation of historical narratives and their contemporary communities, and Katharina Grosse’s numerous site-specific outdoor commissions, considerations of place and people are always paramount to working in the public realm. The Spring 2014 Public Art Fund Talks series brings together a diverse group of artists to share the inspirations and practicalities involved in their varied approaches to the places and communities that become sites for public art.
The Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with theVera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
This program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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