Matthew Marks Gallery

Katharina Fritsch

Katharina Fritsch’s sculpture often begins with an archetypal image, which she subverts with shifts in scale and color. Madonnenfigur / Madonna (1987) is based on a small statuette of the Virgin Mary that Fritsch enlarged to her own height and painted a vibrant yellow. Other sculptures depict life-size figures as different characters and types, all male, including a chef, a giant, and an art dealer. But Fritsch is perhaps best known for her uncanny animal sculptures. Rattenkönig / Rat-King (1993) is a circle of sixteen gigantic rats, each nearly ten feet tall, with their tails tied in a massive knot at the center. Art historian Jean-Pierre Criqui has said of Fritsch’s animal sculptures, “The way the artist uses them, but also the situations in which she places them, gives them ambiguous powers at the intersection of several tendencies: humanity’s ancestral fears and superstitions, as expressed, for example, in tales and legends; the intensities of totemic thought and of its images; and the uncanny and Freudian dream study.”

Typically each work is molded by hand, then cast in plaster, reworked, and then cast again in polyester. The polyester form is finished with a matte paint, which absorbs light, giving the sculpture’s surface a disorienting immaterial quality. “My sculptures can never be totally grasped, like a picture that has something unresolved about it,” Fritsch has explained. “They stay in your head like an enigma. That’s how life seems to me and that’s how I depict it.”

Katharina Fritsch (b. 1956) lives and works in Düsseldorf. She represented Germany at the 1995 Venice Biennale and has had one-person exhibitions at museums across Europe and the United States, including the Kunstmuseum Basel, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern in London, and K21 in Düsseldorf. In 2009 her work was the subject of a retrospective at Kunsthaus Zürich and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. In 2013 she created Hahn / Cock, an enormous sculpture of a bright blue rooster, for London’s Trafalgar Square. Versions of the work are now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

KATHARINA FRITSCH

February 13–May 2, 2020

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

KATHARINA FRITSCH

November 4–December 22, 2017

523 West 24th Street
New York

KATHARINA FRITSCH

May 3–June 14, 2008

522 West 22nd Street
New York

KATHARINA FRITSCH

November 6–December 24, 2004

522 West 22nd Street
New York

KATHARINA FRITSCH

April 29–June 23, 2000

522 West 22nd Street
New York

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New Work

April 19–June 8, 1996

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

Group Exhibitions

ALEX DA CORTE, TRISHA DONNELLY, KATHARINA FRITSCH, KEN PRICE, TERRY WINTERS

September 11–October 9, 2021

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

THOMAS DEMAND, KATHARINA FRITSCH, ROBERT GOBER, BRICE MARDEN, KEN PRICE, MARTIN PURYEAR, CHARLES RAY, PAUL SIETSEMA, ANNE TRUITT, TERRY WINTERS

September 14–October 21, 2017

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

10 SCULPTURES

July 11–August 29, 2015

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION

July 19–August 16, 2014

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS, KATHARINA FRITSCH, MARTIN HONERT, GARY HUME

July 10–August 14, 2014

523 West 24th Street
New York

SCULPTURE
Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Charles Ray

February 8–April 19, 2014

523 West 24th Street
New York

DARREN ALMOND, KATHARINA FRITSCH, MARTIN HONERT, GARY HUME, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN, TERRY WINTERS

July 14–August 25, 2012

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

NEW WORK
Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Martin Honert, Charles Ray, Terry Winters

September 10–October 16, 2010

522 West 22nd Street
523 West 24th Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

PAINTING: NOW AND FORVER, PART II

July 3–August 15, 2008

522 West 22nd Street
New York

SMALL SCULPTURE

September 23–October 28, 2006

523 West 24th Street
New York

SCULPTURE
Darren Almond, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Ugo Rondinone, Tony Smith

September 20–November 1, 2003

522 West 22nd Street
New York

TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS
An exhibition curated by Katharina Fritsch

July 9–August 15, 2003

522 West 22nd Street
New York

SOMETHING ANYTHING
An exhibition curated by Nayland Blake

July 2–August 16, 2002

522 West 22nd Street
New York

100 DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

November 3–December 22, 2001

523 West 24th Street
New York

DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts Benefit Exhibition

December 8–December 23, 2000

522 West 22nd Street
New York

WILLEM DE KOONING, PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS, LUCIAN FREUD, KATHARINA FRITSCH, RONI HORN, ELLSWORTH KELLY, BRICE MARDEN

September 25–November 27, 1999

522 West 22nd Street
New York

MAVERICK
Jean-Marc Bustamante, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Roni Horn, Thomas Schütte, Andreas Slominski

February 7–April 11, 1998

522 West 22nd Street
New York

SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION
Richmond Burton, Peter Cain, John Chamberlain, Katharina Fritsch, Andreas Gursky, Roni Horn, Gary Hume, Andy Warhol

July 7–July 28, 1995

522 West 22nd Street
New York

Books

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Figure in the Garden: Katharina Fritsch at the Museum of Modern Art

KATHARINA FRTISCH

KATHARINA FRITSCH

100 DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

Posters

PAINTING: NOW AND FORVER, PART II

TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS
An Exhibition Curated by Katharina Fritsch

out of print

SOMETHING ANYTHING
An Exhibition Curated by Nayland Blake

MAVERICK
Jean-Marc Bustamante, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Roni Horn, Thomas Schutte, Andreas Slominski

out of print

Editions

KATHARINA FRITSCH
Schlange / Snake

KATHARINA FRITSCH
Fischring und Stern / Fish Ring and Star

Current Museum Exhibitions