Untitled (big circle)
This print depicts overlapping geometric shapes and planes overlaid with stripes of red and white. During the artist's 2015 print project at Crown Point Press, Abts had this to say : “I decided to employ stripes, lines, circles and shadows. In addition, I wanted to use shaped plates and split plates, a concept I have used in painting over the last few years. The shapes of the plates were the starting points for my compositions. For example, the round corner gave me the idea of placing a big circle into it; the slanted top determined the direction of the stripes, and so on.”
German artist Tomma Abts' abstract works are complex explorations of their own creation. The artist adopts a self-determined and ever-evolving set of parameters that allow her to enact a series of decisions; the resulting compositions are intuitively constructed according to an internal logic. While abstract, Abts paintings are nevertheless illusionistic and rendered with sharp attention to details—such as shadows, three-dimensional effects, and highlights—that defy any single, realistic light source.
Tomma Abts was born in Kiel, Germany in 1967.
Abts has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois (2018); the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado (2014); the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City (2008); the Kunsthalle Kiel in Germany (2006); and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (2005).
Abts's work has been included in major international exhibitions such as the Berlin Biennial in Germany (2006), the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2004), and the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey (2001).
In 2006, Abts was awarded the Turner Prize by the Tate Modern in London. In 2008, the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States was held at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Abts is represented by greengrassi in London, UK and David Zwirner in New York City.
Abts lives and works in London, UK.
This print depicts overlapping geometric shapes and planes overlaid with stripes of red and white.More
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