Mark Grotjahn

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Born in 1968, grew up in northern California. Well known for his abstract work and bold geometric paintings, Mark Grotjahn’s work grows out of conceptual practices and the painters studio. Grotjahn’s work has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Career
  Department of Art Practice, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, B.F.A.
  Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley, CA, M.F.A.
  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1968 Born in Pasadena, California
Awards
2003 Penny McCall Foundation Award
1995 Artist in Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Solo Exhibitions
2014 Mark Grotjahn, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
Mark Grotjahn, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
2013 Mark Grotjahn, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012 Mark Grotjahn, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Mark Grotjahn, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2011 Nine Faces, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Three to Five Faces, Shane Campbell, Chicago, IL
2010 Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Seven Faces, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2008 Dancing Black Butterflies, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
2006 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2005 Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Mark Grotjahn: Drawings, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Mark Grotjahn: el gran burrito, Boom/Shane Campbell, Chicago, IL
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
2000 Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
1998 Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Flowers in the Office, Brent Petersen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibitions
2013 Prima Materia. Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
Carnegie International Contemporary Galleries Reinstallation, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
The Show Is Over, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
Busted, High Line Art, New York, NY
2011 Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Malevich and the American Legacy, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
California Dreamin: Myths and Legends of Los Angeles, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France (curated by Hedi Slimane)
2010 The Artist’s Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980 – 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show 2010, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France Benches and Binoculars, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Mark Grotjahn, Jonathan Lasker, Sol LeWitt, Allan McCollum, James Siena, James Welling, BravinLee programs, New York, NY
At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (curated by Matthew Higgs)
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York, NY(curated by Jeff Koons)
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2009 Mark Grotjahn and Jonas Wood, T&S’nKreps, New York, NY
Saints and Sinners, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Beyond Black, White, and Gray, L&M Arts, New York, NY
Just Like This Train, PHIL, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
The Chef’s Theory, Five Thirty Thr33. Los Angeles, CA
Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Always There I, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Eyes Wide Open, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Geo/Metric: Prints and Drawings from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Kaikai Kiki Artists, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
for what you are about to receive, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY and Maccarone, New York, NY
2007-08 Past, Present, Future Perfect: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS
The Complexity of the Simple, L&M Arts, New York, NY
2007 Fit to Print: Printed Media in Recent Collage, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Hammer Contemporary Collection – Part I, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
USA Today, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
L.A. Desire (Part 1), Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf, Germany
Like color in pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
Warhol and . . . , Kantor / Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
Zbigniew Rogalski ‘Air’, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
2006 Dark Matter, White Cube, London, UK
Day for Night, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Delete/How to Make a Perfect Ghost, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY (on your CV but needs new line separating it from the “Dark Matter” show)
Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago Collections
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Gone Formalism, Institute of Contemporary Art, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Mark Grotjahn, Richard Hawkins, Jay Heikes, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL
Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Painting In Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Michael Darling)
RED EYE: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
The Last Time They Met, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
The Monty Hall Problem, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2005-06 The Painted World, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
2005 Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tete a Tete, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Augusto Arbizo)
New Work/New Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (organized by Ann Temkin)
Plip, Plip, Plippity!, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Think Blue, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Seventh Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, Luckman Gallery, The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, LA
2004 54th Carnegie International 2004-05, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (curated by Laura Hoptman)
Now is a Good Time, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Dean Valentine)
Colored Pencil, KS Art, New York, NY (curated by Geoffrey Young)
I, Assassin, Wallspace, New York, NY (curated by Slater Bradley)
The Thought That Counts. Sister, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Inaugural Group Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Conversations, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
Pink, Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan
2002 The Stray Show, Boom, Chicago, IL
Play it as it Lays, London Institute Gallery, London, UK (curated by Paul McDevitt and Declan Clark)
L.A. On My Mind: Recent Acquisitions from MOCA’s Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Jennifer Bornstein, Mark Grotjahn, Dave Muller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Sharing Sunsets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Tucson, AZ (curated by Julie Deamer)
Out of Bounds: Working off Paper, Luckman Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Superman in Bed: Kunst der Gegenwart und Fotografie Sammlung Schurmann, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
David Brody, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Siobhan Liddell, Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY
2000 H20, Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA
’00: Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper from Los Angeles, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
Young and Dumb, Acme, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Pentti Monkkonen)
1999 After the Gold Rush, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Lia Gangitano and Joseph Wolin)
1998 Entropie zu Hause, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germany
Winter Selections ‘98, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Group Show, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Phenomenology: Michael Byron and Mark Grotjahn, Elias Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 Brent Petersen, Mark Grotjahn, Paul Sietsema, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Ingo Muller, Helmut Federle, Gunder Umberg, Mark Grotjahn, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1996 Backroads with Doug McConnell, Four Walls, San Francisco, CA
1995 Access, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Skowhegan Drive-in: collaboration with Doug Corson, Mark Grotjahn, and Mel Chin, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME