Catherine Gross, color in all its glory at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

At the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the exhibition “La Couleur en fugue” brings together the works of five contemporary artists around the theme of color until August 29. Focus on the art of Katharina Gross, an artist of German descent who is celebrated for her work in vibrant colors that transform space.

Can change color space. Color allows you to enhance the look. And Katharina Gross’s work broadens the power of color. His works, often made on site, immerse visitors in a multicolored bath that is widely applied to the architectures they transform. His massive interventions give rise to sensitive wonder and freedom where he puts it: You know all about it before the color reaches your senses. In other words, in a visceral way, before any reasoning …


His strategy

At the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, German artist Frank Gehry enters into a dialogue with architecture, which he particularly appreciates. It intervenes at a height of fifteen meters from Gallery 10, the most spectacular of the building, where a Zenithal light enters. Often, he starts by covering the surfaces with white paint, a way to reset the place before it goes unnoticed. With a large tool: an industrial spray gun that takes the place of a brush.

Splinter of Catherine Gross, 2022, plywood, acrylic on wall and floor, 1750 x 1000 x 2200 cm, presented at Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris © ADAGP, Paris 2022. Photo: © Myriam Boutoulle

Her body and her gestures are lengthened by this tool with which she creates whirlpools, whirlpools, bright, often glossy colored whirlpools. Thus it creates an existential vertigo because normal landmarks dissolve to give way to the spontaneity of the senses. Borders and scales blurred, borders removed: imagination and innovation have free rein. First for yourself: ” I don’t imagine how the work should be done, he says. But, in the beginning, I have some premises or thoughts that force me to work in a certain way while drawing.. A

Color in abstraction

However, for the foundation, he designed a commemorative object that he added to his intervention. Splinter [éclat] It consists of nineteen wooden triangles drawn at a height of ten meters. The object appears to rise and fall at the same time in upward and downward movements, which adds to the vertigo of the whole. The emptiness attracts German artists who question it from the point of view of painting.

Splinter (details), 2022, Catherine Gross, plywood, acrylic on wall and floor.  ADAGP, Paris 2022 Louis Vuitton Foundation / Marc Domage

Splinter (details), 2022, Catherine Gross, plywood, acrylic on wall and floor. ADAGP, Paris 2022 Louis Vuitton Foundation / Marc Domage

How can a painting exist there, secure its flow and waves there? For CanyonA space that is called because it comes alive under a glass roof and visible at all levels of the foundation, Gross imagines a permanent work (Canyon) A multi-colored corolla made of eight wide ribbons of aluminum. It reveals new dimensions of space. ” Color is where our brains and the universe meet Paul Cানzanne says. Katharina Gross rediscovered this encounter.

Catherine Gross, splinter, 2022 plywood, acrylic 1750 x 1000 x 2200 cm on walls and floor.  Foundation Louis Vuitton, installation scene of the exhibition La Couleur en fugue in Paris.  A ADAGP, Paris 2022 © Louis Vuitton Foundation / Marc Domage

Catherine Gross, splinter, 2022, plywood, acrylic on walls and floor 1750 x 1000 x 2200 cm. Foundation Louis Vuitton, installation scene of the exhibition La Couleur en fugue in Paris. A ADAGP, Paris 2022 © Louis Vuitton Foundation / Marc Domage

Kupka and Kandinsky did so in their own way as pioneers of abstraction. As such Pollock dared with his natural passion and abstract diversity. And if, like Sol Luit, Catherine Gross looks a lot at the Italian frescoes of the Renaissance, her passion goes back to the unknown when using the guesswork of caches and pigments like cave painters. To imagine another version of the world, color is also included.


“Run color. Gilliam, Parino, Toroni, Fat, Rooney.
Louis Vuitton Foundation
8, Mahatma-Gandhi Avenue, 75016 Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr
Until 29 August

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