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Dresses (YSL autumn/winter 1966)

Dresses (YSL autumn/winter 1966), 2020 - Silke Otto-Knapp

Dresses (YSL autumn/winter 1966), 2020

Silke Otto-Knapp  

Print, Work on paper
60 x 80 cm / 23.62 x 31.5 inch
Edition of 20 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Silkscreen Print
  • This work is unframed
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about this work

Silke Otto-Knapp is best known for her watercolour paintings onto canvas, which juxtapose luminosity with flatness. Predominantly addressing the practice of painting via concerns with the physicality of paint and surface, Otto-Knapp's paintings marry abstraction with figuration. All are deployed with a rigorous signature method – repeatedly applying washes that are then partially removed to build diaphanous forms.

Typically working from photographic images, Dresses (YSL autumn/winter 1966), is based on found images of YSL's iconic, Tom Wesselmann inspired, shift dress. Produced in Otto-Knapp's signature style, masterfully captured in this silkscreen, the bodies of the two models flicker in and out of view from behind the dominance of the dress; subjects caught in a tension between artifice and reality, both manifest and blurred.

about Silke Otto-Knapp

Silke Otto-Knapp is a painter who works in the medium of watercolor on canvas. Otto-Knapp produces landscape paintings as well as paintings based on historical documentations of stage design and performance. Unlike traditional watercolorists, Otto-Knapp applies layers of watercolor that are washed down and then applied anew. These countless coats produce the coexistence of conflicting concepts of space – surface and depth, contour and corporeality, distance and closeness, reality and figurativeness – which give rise to a tension between the motif and the picture surface.

(courtesy of Taka Ishii)

Solo exhibitions include The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Camden Art Center, London; and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Group exhibitions include Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, Canada; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Germany; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Tate Britain, London; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Montehermoso Cultural Center, Spain; The 9th Istanbul Biennial; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Silke Otto-Knapp is represented by the following galleries; 
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Galerie Buchholz, Cologne / Berlin

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York 

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