Silke Otto-Knapp


Silke Otto-Knapp is a painter who works in the medium of watercolour on canvas. Otto-Knapp produces landscape paintings as well as paintings based on historical documentation of stage design and performance. Unlike traditional watercolourists, Otto-Knapp applies layers of watercolour 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)


Silke Otto-Knapp
Silke Otto-Knapp (Photo by Sharon Lockhart)

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 

works by Silke Otto-Knapp

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

Silke Otto-Knapp

Dresses (YSL autumn/winter 1966)


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