Katharina Fritsch, ‘1. Postkarte (Chicago) ’, 2001-2002, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

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About Katharina Fritsch

Katharina Fritsch handcrafts sculptures that replicate everyday objects rooted in both folklore and personal experience. In manipulating the scale and color of these objects and arranging them in unexpected combinations, she destabilizes the familiar, as in Stilleben/1st Still Life (2009–12)—an installation comprising a giant yellow skull, an open pink hand, an enormous black egg, a winged mythological figure, and a life-size Madonna based on a cheap souvenir. Reaching near-industrial perfection, Fristch’s painstaking fabrication process entails sketches, handmade models, plaster castings, bronze, copper, or stainless steel re-castings, and finally a coating of highly saturated matte paint, creating her signature otherworldly effect. Deeply psychological and full of unsettling religious and spiritual associations, Fritsch’s work has been described as an attempt to visualize our greatest fears rooted in mythology, religion, cultural history, and everyday life.

German, b. 1956, Essen, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Solo Shows

2006
London, UK,
Katharina Fritsch
1999
London, UK,
New Work

Group Shows

2016
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2015
Duesseldorf,