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Tomma Abts

German, b. 1967

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Tomma Abts

German, b. 1967

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Winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, painter Tomma Abts makes small-scale, hard-edged abstractions that are the result of a rigorous working method. Using no source material, Abts builds the surfaces slowly, defining line and shape on overlapping layers. While the images often seem on the verge of representation, through Abts’s use of flattened perspective and color combinations, they always veer toward abstraction. Each painting is measured to exactly the same dimensions, and her titles, such as Isko (2008) and Teite (2008), are drawn from a German dictionary of first names, emphasizing each painting’s individuality and imparting a deeper sense of history and narrative to the canvases.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, painter Tomma Abts makes small-scale, hard-edged abstractions that are the result of a rigorous working method. Using no source material, Abts builds the surfaces slowly, defining line and shape on overlapping layers. While the images often seem on the verge of representation, through Abts’s use of flattened perspective and color combinations, they always veer toward abstraction. Each painting is measured to exactly the same dimensions, and her titles, such as Isko (2008) and Teite (2008), are drawn from a German dictionary of first names, emphasizing each painting’s individuality and imparting a deeper sense of history and narrative to the canvases.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Tomma Abts
Tracing Frank Stella’s Disproportionate Influence on Contemporary Art
Oct 30th, 2015
Tracing Frank Stella’s Disproportionate Influence on Contemporary Art
At Crown Point Press, Tomma Abts Prints Like She Paints
Oct 21st, 2015
At Crown Point Press, Tomma Abts Prints Like She Paints
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