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Blum & Poe : MARK GROTJAHN - 27 Feb 2010 to 3 Apr 2010

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27 Feb 2010 to 3 Apr 2010
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Mark Grotjahn
Untitled (Yellow Green Rainbow Over Blue Face 840), 2009
[DETAIL] Oil on canvas, 106 1/4 x 70 1/4 inches
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Artists in this exhibition: MARK GROTJAHN


BLUM & POE

Is Pleased to Announce

MARK GROTJAHN
Seven Faces
February 27 - April 3, 2010

Opening reception
February 27, 2010 6-8pm


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 on linen as the ground, Grotjahn employs brush and palette knife to extensively build layer upon layer of oil paint to almost sculptural ends. Working in varying scales, combinations of texture, lines, color and abstracted geometric shapes develop into representational eyes and noses that are broken down, multiplied, and rearranged, fracturing any fixed perspective. Other paintings possess networks of expressive lines formed strictly with a palette knife and rest on the verge of non-objective abstraction. Both the gestural and literal carvings cut up the painting and further adds to the tension between illusionistic space and the reality of the paintings’ physical surface. The seemingly idiosyncratic “face” paintings are like their counterparts, his abstract and systematic perspectival-based “butterfly” paintings, simultaneously mimetic and expressive, but arrive at this balance in reverse order. These new ritualistically repetitive and intensely textured paintings point to Grotjahn’s implicit observations of and evolution in the practice of painting.

Mark Grotjahn has exhibited widely internationally, a selection of venues includes the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008, 2006, and 2005); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008 and 2005); Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2007); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2007), and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006). Grotjahn belongs to numerous public collections, such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center; Minneapolis, MN; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Grotjahn was included in the 54th Carnegie International in 2004 and the Whitney Biennial in 2006. Mark Grotjahn lives and works in Los Angeles.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be produced on the occasion of this exhibition.






MARK GROTJAHN
Biography

Born:
Pasadena, California, 1968

Education:
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley, CA, M.F.A.
Department of Art Practice, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, B.F.A.

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA



One-Person Exhibitions

2010
Seven Faces, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Gagosian, London, UK

2008
Dancing Black Butterflies, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Mark Grotjahn, Kunstmuseum, Thun

2006
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


2005
New Paintings, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Mark Grotjahn: Drawings, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Mark Grotjahn: el gran burrito, Boom, Chicago, IL
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

2000
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

1998
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Flowers in the Office, Brent Petersen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Group Exhibitions

2009
Mark Grotjahn and Jonas Wood, T&Sn'Kreps, New York, NY
Saints and Sinners, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

2008
Always There: a Group Show with Grey Paintings - Part 1, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Eyes Wide Open, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
For What You Are About to Receive, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow
Geo/Metric-Prints and Drawings from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Kaikai Kiki Artists, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Japan, Tokyo
Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting with Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY

2007-08
Past, Present, Future Perfect: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
The Complexity of the Simple, L&M Arts, New York, NY

2007
Fit to Print, Gagosian, New York
Hammer Contemporary Collection - Part I, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Desire, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf, Germany
Like color in pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Co
Painting as Fact - Fact as Fiction, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
USA Today, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Warhol and . . . , Kantor / Feuer, Los Angeles, CA
Zbigniew Rogalski, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France


2006
Dark Matter, White Cube, London,
Delete/How to Make a Perfect Ghost, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Gone Formalism, Institute of Contemporary Art, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Work/New Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York , NY, (organized by Ann Temkin)
Painting In Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Michael Darling)
The Monty Hall Problem, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
The Last Time They Met, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2005-06
The Painted World, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY


2005
Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Plip, Plip, Plipty!, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
New Work/New Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (organized by Ann Temkin)
Tête à Tête, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York (curated by Augusto Arbizo)
Think Blue, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA (travels to Blue Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX)

2004
54th Carnegie International 2004-05, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Colored Pencil, KS Art, New York, NY (curated by Geoffrey Young)
I, Assassin, Wallspace, New York, NY (curated by Slater Bradley)

2003
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Conversations, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
Pink, Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

2002
The Stray Show, Boom, Chicago, IL
Play it as it Lays, London Institute, London, United Kingdom (curated by Paul McDevitt and Declan Clark)
L.A. On My Mind: Recent Acquisitions from MOCA's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Jennifer Bornstein, Mark Grotjahn, Dave Muller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Blum & Poe, Santa
Monica, CA
Sharing Sunsets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Tucson, AZ (curated by Julie Deamer)
Out of Bounds: Working off Paper, Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Superman in Bed: Kunst der Gegenwart und Fotografie Sammlung Schurmann, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
David Brody, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Siobhan Liddell, Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY

2000
H20, Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA
'00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings From Los Angeles, Studio Guenzani, Milano, Italy
Young and Dumb, Acme, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Pentti Monkkonen)

1999
After the Gold Rush, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Lia Gangitano and
Joseph Wolin)

1998
Entropy at Home, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Winter Selections 1998, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Elias Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA

1997
Brent Petersen, Mark Grotjahn, Paul Sietsema, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Helmut Federle, Gunter Umberg, Mark Grotjahn, Ingo Muller, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

1996
Backroads (with Doug McConnell), Four Walls, San Francisco, CA

1995
Access, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Skowhegan Drive-in: collaboration with Doug Corson, Mark Grotjahn, and Mel Chin, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME



Grants and Awards

2003
Penny McCall Foundation Award

1995
Artist in Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME



Public Collections

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY








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