Mark Grotjahn: Circus Circus


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Hardcover | 22.6 x 1.3 x 31.2 cm | 64 pp

Distanz | 2014 | 9783954760824

Mark Grotjahn (b. Pasadena, 1968; lives and works in Los Angeles) ranks among the best known American painters of his generation. His heterogeneous oeuvre includes depictions of anthropomorphic plants and masks as well as colourful abstract compositions in oil or wax crayon.

After 1997, he also produced numerous monochromes. Grotjahn's "Butterfly" and "Face" paintings are animated by a dynamic dialectic between gestural representation and formalist structure.

The lavishly designed book Circus Circus presents a selection of paintings from Grotjahn's Circus series as well as Mask, a bronze sculpture. The ambitious polychromatic works combine the geometric rigour of the Butterfly series with the gestural facture of the Face pictures, in which primary facial symbols emerge from flowing streams of colour.

The essays by Caroline Käding and Mark Prince analyse the Circus series in light of the painterly traditions on which it draws and examine its place in Grotjahn's oeuvre.


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