Foreword by Jeremy Strick; Essay by John C. Welchman
Published 2014 by Nasher Sculpture Center
© 2014 Nasher Sculpture Center
“Feature Articles” Essay © 2014 John C. Welchman
9 x 9 x 1/4 in.
42 color illustrations
Cover: 4-color printed card
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Grotjahn came to prominence for large, richly worked paintings that evoke aspects of contemporary discourse. In two different series—the Face and the Butterfly paintings—Grotjahn used essential subjects to explore textures, colors, and form with refreshing boldness and almost hallucinogenic intensity. Alongside his paintings, Grotjahn has been working privately on sculpture for over a decade.
Published on the occasion of the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on Grotjahn’s sculpture, this richly illustrated catalogue highlights many new, never-before-seen, three-dimensional works. A scholarly essay by John C. Welchman, Professor of art history in the Visual Arts department at the University of California, San Diego, delves deep into the anthropomorphic qualities of Grotjahn’s paintings and sculpture, linking his work to that of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Odilon Redon, Jackson Pollock, and the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.