Galerie Richard

Rainer GROSS

Gross’ process is alchemic. He first paints six or seven layers of different-colored pigments suspended in water on one canvas. These are neither a solid color nor a pattern, but each layer covers the last completely. Next, he applies an approximately 1/8-inch-thick layer of paint on another canvas of equal size, pressing the two canvases together by hand and leaving them to “cure.” Gross then pulls the canvases apart, revealing the parts of the surface that have adhered to the other. This idiosyncratic technique produces a consciously unpredictable crackled impasto landscape that a viewer can connect to other materials or textures that are altered by time. Gross hangs the double painting upside down, confusing the viewer by escaping obvious symmetries.

A deeper understanding of Gross’ paintings asks the viewer to consider the challenges entailed in becoming a painter in 1970s Cologne, when the ideology of “The End of Painting” professed by Joseph Beuys and Associates at the Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf became dominant among the art world’s “elite.” Being a painter meant thinking about the specificities of the medium and new ways to push it forward. From figuration to abstraction, Gross’ series share one common trait: they reveal every layer of paint and texture. From sticking kitsch canvases on his paintings and superimposing geometrical lines on figurative subjects, to the “Twin Paintings” and the “Contact Paintings,” his work has always been a play of visible superimpositions using various layers of paint.

Biography
1951 born Cologne, Germany
1973-2019 lives and works in New York City, Cutchogue, Long Island and Cologne, Germany

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA
Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada
Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, Düsseldorf, Germany
AT&T Corporate Art Collection, USA
Bayer A.G. Leverkusen, Germany
Bell Atlantic, Arlington, VA, USA
Berlex Labs, NJ, USA
Bernstein Collection, New York, USA
Chase Bank collection, New York, USA
Cohen Familie Collection, New York, USA
Collection Peter Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin, Germany
Hewlett-Packard Collection, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland
Hirschhorn Collection Washington D.C., USA
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign IL, USA
Kunsthalle Emden, Stiftung Henri Nannen, Emden, Germany
Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Germany
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, USA
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, Canada
MGM Mediengruppe München, Germany
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Museum Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany
Museum Vilnius, Latvia
Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland
Pro Sieben, München, Germany
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Rathaus der Stadt Köln, Germany
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
UBS Union Bank of Switzerland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
“Twin paintings – Contact Paintings”, Galerie Richard, Paris, France
2019
“Contact Paintings”, Galerie Richard, New York City, NY
“Twins – Contact paintings”Galerie Floss und Schultz, Cologne, Germany
2018
“Twins” Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City, NY
Frederic Boloix Fine Arts, Ketchum, Idaho
2017
Galerie Rother-Winter, Wiesbaden (with Thomas Reiffenscheid)
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany
“Freunde treffen sich”, Museum Villa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach, (with Wolfgang Niedecken and Manfred Boecker)
2015-16
Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Ketchum, Idaho, USA
2014
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany (with Wolfgang Laubersheimer)
Galerie Rother-Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany (with Thomas Reiffenscheid)
2015/16 Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Ketchum Idaho
2014
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany (with Wolfgang Laubersheimer)
Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany (with Thomas Reifferscheid)
2013
Galerie Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Graf und Schelble, Basel, Switzerland
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA
2012
Frederic Boloix Fine Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany (NY paintings 1972–2012*)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany (Early Paintings)
Galerie Hafenrichter, Nürnberg, Germany (Logo paintings on paper and canvas)
2012/11
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany (Early Paintings)
2010
Galerie Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (mit Wlodzimierz Ksiasek)
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA
2009
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2008
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, USA
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Galerie Pfaff, Nürnberg, Germany
2007
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
2006
Galería Pedro Torres, Logrõno, Spain
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2005
Fundation Sala Robayera, Miengo Cantabria, Spain
(Rainer Gross 2005*)
Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ, USA
2004
Axel Raben Gallery, New York, USA
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galeria Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
2003
Doppelgänger, Contact paintings, Singles & Twins 1996–2003*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Museum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, Germany
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Axel Raben Gallery, New York, USA
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2002
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Galerie Parade, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
2001
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Galerie Parade, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
(Gemeinschaftsarbeiten auf Papier/Collaborations on Paper,
mit Degenhard Andrulat)
2000
Galerie Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark (Rainer Gross 2000*)
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1999
Graf & Schelble, Basel, Switzerland
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
1998
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Viersen, Germany (Twins 1997–1998*)
1997
Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, USA
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
Galerie OZ, Paris, France
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Köln, Germany
1997
Takt – und Fingerspitzengefühl/Fingertip-Tingling*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Kölnische Galerie des Kölnischen Stadtmuseums, Köln, Germany
I – Space, College of Fine and Applied Arts,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, Chicago, IL, USA
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Champaign, IL, USA
1996
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
Kölnische Galerie des Kölnischen Stadtmuseums, Köln, Germany
(Takt- und Fingerspitzengefühl/Fingertip-Tingling*)
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada
1995
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany
1994
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
Galerie Steinmetz, Bonn, Germany
1993
Ohne Worte, Persönliche Geschichten, Without Words: Private Stories*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Städtische Galerie im Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
An Inheritance Unequaled *, Anderson Gallery, USA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
1992
Auf Papier, 1977–92*:
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
1991
Eine Erbschaft sondergleichen 1991*: BIS Art Space,
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Ohne Worte*: Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Without Words*: Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, USA
1990
Galerie OZ, Paris, France
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany
1989–91
Brustprüfung/Breast Exam*
(Wanderausstellung/travelling exhibition): Kunsthalle Emden,
Stiftung Henri Nannen, Emden, Germany
Städtisches Museum Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Bayer AG., Kultur im Foyer, Leverkusen, Germany
Museum Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark
Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Museum Gotha, Gotha, Germany
1989
Gallery Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, QB, Canada
Orangerie, Schloss Rheda, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany
Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON, Canada (LUXUS)
1988
Gallery Moos, New York, USA (LUXUS*)
1987
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (LUXUS)
1986
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany
(An Inheritance Unequaled, Art Cologne)
1985
Galerie Krief-Raymond, Paris, France
Karin Bolz Galerie, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
1984–85
Une collection s’anime. Eine Sammlung lebt*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Galerie Municipale d’ Art Contemporain, Saint Priest, France
Städtisches Museum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
1984
Freitagsgalerie Imhof, Solothurn, Switzerland
Gallery Yves Arman, New York, USA (Forum Zürich, Switzerland)
1983
Gallery Yves Arman, New York, USA
Gabrielle Bryers Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Krief-Raymond, Paris, France (F.I.A.C., France)
1980
Elizabeth Weiner Gallery, New York, USA
1979
Tower Gallery, Southampton, New York, USA
1974
Galerie Witte, Köln, Germany

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020
Galerie Richard, Art Paris, Paris, France
2017
Beijing Biennale China Art Museum
Museum Villa Zanders Bergisch-Gladbach
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
2016
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
2015
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA
Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany
2014
China Art Museum, Shanghai (Neo-Expressionism in Germany)
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, (Summer group show)
Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Sun Valley Idaho
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany (Art Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany, (“Rot” Art Fair, Karlsruhe, Art Cologne ,Germany)
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany (Rot)
2013
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Galerie Filser und Gräf, Munich, Germany (Art Fair, Cologne, Germany)
Zhan Zhou International Art Museum, Beijing, China, (Neo-Expressionism)
Graficás, Nantucket, USA
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Miami Project Fair, Florida, USA
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
2012
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, (Houston Fine Art, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, USA
Alpha Gallery, Boston, USA
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Art Fair Paris, France
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2011
Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York (Houston Fine Art, USA;
Pulse Miami, USA)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany
Pulse New York und Miami, USA
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
2010
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2009
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany (Pulse Art Fair, New York,
Art Fair in Miami und Hong Kong Art)
Galerie Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn,
Germany (Degenhard Andrulat, Michael Tönges)
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M.,
Germany (Tiere)
2008
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA
Galerie Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Katharina Rich-Perlow Gallery, New York, USA
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
(Pas de Deux)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany (Pulse Art Fair, New York, USA;
Art Fair Chicago, USA)
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA (Works on paper)
2007
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Katharina Rich-Perlow Gallery, New York, USA
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany
Gráficas, Nantucket, MA, USA (Works on paper)
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, USA
2006
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (Abstrakt)
Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany (Art Miami, USA; Art Cologne)
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany (Pulse Art Fair, New York, USA;
Art Fairs in Bologna, Brussels)
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
2005
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Graf & Schelble Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Galerie Stefan Röpke, Köln, Germany
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA (Art fair Chicago)
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
2004
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (V.I.P. 2 – Die Neuen)
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
2003
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2002
Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany (Der Auftrag der Farbe*)
Kunstverein Trier Junge Kunst, Trier, Germany
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
DFN Gallery, New York, USA
2001
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany (Acchrochage)
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln (Acchrochage)
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany (Spektrum Kunstlandschaft*)
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Erhard Klein Galerie, Bad Münstereifel, Germany
2000
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany (Acchrochage)
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany
1999
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany (Portraits)
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
(Is there still life? Blick zurück nach vorn)
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Köln, Germany
St. Gereon, Köln, Germany
Kent Gallery, New York, USA (X-MAS)
1998
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany (Art Cologne)
Gallery OZ, Paris, France
Graf & Schelble Galerie Basel, Switzerland (Art Zürich, Switzerland)
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Köln, Germany (Art Basel, Switzerland;
Art Cologne, Germany)
1997
Madrid Museo de la Cidad, Madrid, Spain (Solo*)
Michael Schneider Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bonn, Germany
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany (in medias res*)
Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Viersen, Germany (Abstract)
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany
1996
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (The World is a Broken Mirror)
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn, Germany
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
1995
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada (How Red Works)
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany
1994
Marquardt Ausstellungen, München, Germany (Gelb)
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath,
Frankfurt a. M., Germany (Art Cologne)
Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON, Canada
1993
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,*
(Wanderausstellung, traveling exhibition):
Drawing Center, New York, USA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Fundación para el Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA , USA
Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, USA
1992
Galerie OZ, Paris, France
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (European Pop Art, Art Cologne)
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (Das geteilte Bild*)
Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Paris, Musée du Louvre, Paris,
France (Camel*)
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, USA (Proud Possessions:
a Community Collects*)
1991
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (State Portrait*)
Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany (The New York Show)
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
European paintings, Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, USA (Without words*)
Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON, Canada (Private Stories)
1990
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA (Free Spirits)
Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON, Canada
1989
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (Reality as concept)
Galerie Burgis Geismann, Köln, Germany (Rare Metallic)
Gallery Moos, New York, USA (Working on paper)
1988–89
Hommage-Demontage,*
(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition): Neue Galerie-Sammlung,
Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
Städtisches Museum Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
Provinciaal Museum Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
Museum moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria
1989
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (Art Cologne)
1987
Gallery Moos, New York, USA
1986
Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (Words)
New York Arts Academy and New York Academy of Science, New York,
USA (Liberty)
Galerie Inge Baecker, Köln, Germany (My Art History)
Gallery Krief-Raymond, Paris, France (New York-Paris-Berlin, F.I.A.C.)
Famagusta Gate, Nikosia, Cyprus (Seven Cologne Artists in Nicosia)
1984
Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Gallery Yves Arman, New York, USA
Maison Des Arts, Belfort, France (Paysages Singulairs*)
Galerie Christian Chaneau, Paris, France (Tel paintre-quels maitre*)
Gallery Sander, New York and Erhard Klein Galerie Bonn, Germany
(The Suitcase Edition, with Kolhöfer, Lambertin und Runge)
Centre Culturel De Boulogne, Billancourt, France; Salon De Montrouge,
France; Centre Culturel, Montrouge, France; Sousse, Tunis, Tunisia
(Les Milles et une Nuit)
1983
„Self Portrait” (Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
New York Now,*(Wanderausstellung/traveling exhibition):
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
Kunstverein München, Germany
Musée cantonal des beaux arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany
1982
Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (Instant Picture*)
Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
1981 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, USA (Hommage*)
1973
Museum Bochum, Germany (Kunst und Technik, Kunstpreis junger Westen*)

Zu den mit einem * gekennzeichneten Ausstellungen ist ein Katalog
erschienen.
Exhibitions marked with an * were accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

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