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Mark Grotjahn (American, b.1968)
LOT ID: 70563
Untitled, 1996

Acrylic, on canvas
13.5 х 11 in. (34.29 x 27.94 cm.)
Other, accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist
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A rare, early example of Mark Grotjahn's captivating, celebrated paintings, "Untitled" (1996) depicts droplets of water or bubble-like forms, painted in the artist's signature obsessive, delicate style. Similar to his approach to painting as displayed in his ongoing Butterfly series, "Untitled" (1996) focuses on pperspectival investigations to create the illusion of depth and volume on a two-dimensional surface.

Mark Grotjahn (born in 1968 in Pasadena, California) received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2007); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005). Grotjahn's work can be found in many of the most prominent museum collections throughout the world, such as:

The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Guggenheim (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, CA)
Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)
Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Dakis Joannou Collection (Athens, Greece)
François Pinault Collection (Venice, Italy)
De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space (Miami, FL)
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