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February 6, 2012

Mark Grotjahn, Aspen Art Museum - A survey of paintings and drawings from the 1990s to now


Mark Grotjahn: A survey from the 1990s to now Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO February 17 - April 29, 2012 

MARK GROTJAHN, Untitled (Red Face 773), 2007-08. 
Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

A comprehensive survey of paintings and drawings by artist Mark Grotjahn dating from the late1990s to the present will be on view at the Aspen Art Museum (AAM). Mark Grotjahn makes conceptually grounded works that collide abstract and figurative elements to unsettle the conventions of each medium. By continuously combining these seemingly incompatible poles, as well as those of mimesis and expressionism, rational logic and intuitive process, Grotjahn stakes a claim for the continued vitality of abstraction and of painting itself. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring texts by Aspen Art Museum CEO, Director, and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and distinguished critic Barry Schwabsky. 

AAM and Aspen Skiing Company Lift Ticket Project

For the 2011-2012 ski season in Aspen, Mark Grotjahn has also designed five limited-edition lift tickets that feature images of his exuberant mask sculptures. Four of the sculptures are on public display at the peaks of each of the Aspen Skiing Company’s four mountains, allowing skiers to make the connection between the images on their lift tickets and the actual artworks. The fifth sculpture will be on view at the Aspen Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition. 

 MARK GROTJAHN 
2011-2012 Aspen Skiing Company Lift Ticket (1 of 5), 2011. 
Image courtesy of the artist and the Aspen Skiing Company 

MARK GROTJAHN was born in 1968 in Pasadena, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.  

Aspen Art Museum admission is free courtesy of John and Amy Phelan 

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