Tracing Frank Stella’s Disproportionate Influence on Contemporary Art
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist, Blum & Poe, Shane Campbell Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, and Anton Kern Gallery / © Mark Grotjahn / Photo: Kevin Todora, Courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
Painter and draftsman Mark Grotjahn is known for his ongoing investigation of perspective. In the "Butterfly" paintings starting in 1997, he uses dual and multiple vanishing points to create complex compositions of radiant, tonal color, alluding to such touchstones in the history of modernist painting as Russian Constructivism, Op Art, and Barnett Newman's "zips." Alongside perspective, he has pursued ideas like color restriction, seriality, and the sublime. In his more recent "Face" series, roughly painted on cardboard mounted to canvas, Grotjahn retains his radiant motif but replaces geometric rigor with ritualistic, totemic energy.
American, b. 1968, Pasadena, California, based in Los Angeles, California