Rosemarie Trockel

°1952, Schwerte (DE) – lives and works in Cologne (DE)

For over 30 years, Rosemarie Trockel has consistently resisted a signature style and her practice ranges from works on paper, ‘knitted paintings’ and sculptures to performance. Though it is difficult to associate a particular style with her work, several concurrent themes can be identified within her oeuvre, such as sexuality, the place of craft and mechanization in art, as well as her fascination with ethnographic and scientific studies.

Trockel has become best known for her machine-generated ‘knitted paintings’ – knitted woolen material placed on a stretcher – in which she challenges traditional notions of painting, feminine roles in society and culture at large, as well as art making itself. Additionally, her incorporation of references to popular culture through logos or symbols and sometimes text is yet another way to comment on the commodification of art and on the subjectivity of language and visual representation.

Rosemarie Trockel has had solo exhibitions including Aspen Art Museum, CO; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; New Museum, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museion, Bolzano and Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels. Her work was also featured in several group exhibitions at international art manifestations including Tea Party Pavilion, at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel.

Rosemarie Trockel is represented by the following galleries;
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Gladstone Gallery, Brussels / New York 


Sprüth Magers, Berlin / London / Los Angeles 

Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel (Courtesy of Sprüth Magers)

works by Rosemarie Trockel

Rosemarie Trockel - Shortage of Water - 2015

Rosemarie Trockel

Shortage of Water

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