Katharina Grosse

Six Paintings from Mr. Caplan

by Katharina Grosse 

Katharina Grosse is a German artist based in Berlin. We were captivated by her architectural shapes, and the vivid colors in her paintings. Her process is equally powerful: armed with a spray gun, she covers large canvasses, often close to seven feet heigh, with layers of paint. “I become a different being when I’m spraying,” she said in a recent interview. “I enlarge myself. I’m able to embrace far more than just my bodily presence. I would always start with these very intense yellows and greens and reds because I always assumed that that’s what’s underneath the surface. That’s how I see things. That’s how I see the world. The very strong and raw colors tend to attract or even repulse the viewer. They tend to create certain reactions in a very direct way. To be over-explicit with these raw colors is one of my intentions.” —Thessaly La Force

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 84 3/4 x 57 3/4 inches

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 84 1/4 x 56 1/2 inches

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 83 1/2 x 57 inches

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 58 inches

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 79 1/4 x 53 1/4 inches

Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 79 1/4 x 53 1/4 inches

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