Mark Grotjahn

Born 1968
Hometown Pasadena, California
Lives and Works Los Angeles, CA
Education
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
MFA, University of California, Berkeley, California
BFA, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Mark Grotjahn Gallery Art

Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

Blum & Poe, New York, New York and Los Angeles, California

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, New York

Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Des Moines Art Center, De Moines, Louisiana

Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

Mark Grotjahn’s innate connection to the natural world is channeled into abstract compositions that engage with various motifs, including butterfly wings, water, and rays of light. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures consider the sublime using skewed angles, multiple vanishing points, and restricted color schemes to portray volume and irrational depth in two-dimensions. His works are reminiscent of Op Art in their illusory quality and Russian Constructivism in their utopian ideals. Spontaneous marks exist alongside more deliberate and severe lines, seeking to uncover the ways in which nature might still be influenced by his own design.


Grotjahn has shown at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Museum, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and MoMA PS 1, New York, among many others. He was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Carnegie International in 2004, and The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World at the Museum of Modern at in 2014. 

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