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Aspen Art Museum


Mark Grotjahn


An AAM publication. Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman. Texts by Barry Schwabsky and Zuckerman. Mark Grotjahn makes conceptually grounded paintings and drawings that collide abstract and figurative elements to both unsettle the conventions of each medium and stake a claim for their continued vitality. Published in conjunction with Grotjahn’s exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum, the first survey of his work from the late 1990s to the present, this fully illustrated catalogue features essays by Schwabsky, the Nation art critic, and Zuckerman, AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director. The catalogue chronicles Grotjahn’s series of butterfly paintings and drawings, in which he combines varying schemes of one-point perspective and a systematic investigation of color to mesmerizing effect; his penetrating flower and face paintings; and a recent series of “mask” sculptures that extend Grotjahn’s idiosyncratic investment in process and ritual in painting into three dimensions.