Born 1958, Cologne, Germany; lives in New York, New York

Jutta Koether's restless energy translates into a prolific body of work that is at once affirmative and nihilistic. Although she writes and performs, frequently in collaboration with fellow artists and musicians, she is foremost a painter. Rather than hanging her paintings according to the conventions of the "white cube," however, Koether contextualizes her paintings within an "expanded field" by affecting a number of physical interventions in the space. In recent exhibitions these have included placing a silver exercise ball at the installation's center; painting the walls silver; putting shiny mylar-strip curtains at the gallery's entrance; and adding strobe lights. These strategies for obstructing and instructing the viewing experience demonstrate Koether's relentless interrogation of the conditions in which painting is produced and viewed.


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Very Lost Highway, 2005 (installation view, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne). Installation with drawings, paintings, and miscellaneous media, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist; courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne