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Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 12' 4 7/8“ × 12' 11 7/8”.

Katharina Grosse

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Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 12' 4 7/8“ × 12' 11 7/8”.

The acclaimed German painter Katharina Grosse is known for her boundless approach to her chosen medium, spraying with an industrial paint gun not only canvases, but also mounds of soil, uprooted trees, architecture, sculptural elements, and—for the pleasure of beach-goers last summer—an entire one-story building, inside and out. In Rockaway!, 2016, a startling neo-Earthwork, superhuman gestures in wild sunset hues transformed a decaying structure, part of the old Fort Tilden army base on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, that was condemned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Grosse did not renew, repurpose, or memorialize the site in any conventional way. Instead, she drew out the spectacular quality of the catastrophic storm with her own show of force and excess, using gallon upon gallon of magenta, red, and white paint (as well as a crane) to obliterate the

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