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Silke Otto-Knapp

°1970, Osnabrück (DE) - lives and works in Los Angeles (US)

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