post-title Bettina Blohm | Gatekeeper | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 12.09.-21.11.2020

Bettina Blohm | Gatekeeper | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 12.09.-21.11.2020

Bettina Blohm | Gatekeeper | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 12.09.-21.11.2020

Bettina Blohm | Gatekeeper | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 12.09.-21.11.2020

until 21.11. | #2826ARTatBerlin | Galerie kajetan Berlin presents from 12th September 2020 the solo show Gatekeeper with works by the artist Bettina Blohm.

Bettina Blohm’s work is an amalgamation of the European tradition and American Process painting. In over 30 years, the German-American artist has developed a vocabulary of shapes and gestures, a limited set of tools, with which she works, concentrating on pattern, repetition, rhythm, scale and color. For Bettina Blohm, paintings are material objects, they have a visual identity and they tell a story.

In line drawing, analogous to writing, the grids are first created, segment by segment, from top left to bottom right. Repeated over-painting or wiping away condenses the grid, creating a paint surface that shows the process of its making, a history, like a character in a play. Lines slip, and tilt or bend the space, the works have an appearance of being in flux, of unstable geometry.

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Bettina Blohm | From the series DAYLIGHT MUTATIONS | 65 x 50 cm | 2019 |
Acrylic, gouache, charcoal on paper | Courtesy Bettina Blohm & kajetan Berlin | Photo: Marcus Schneider

Bettina Blohm started the current series in 2017, using mostly a vertical format of 65×50” (165 x 127 cm). The paintings have an overall rhythm of square and rectangular shapes on a plane. Working in a predominantly monochrome mode, with shifting lines of various thickness, the artist opens up a kind of intermediate space.

The title Gatekeeper implies both, descriptive and metaphorical meaning. Many diaphanous layers are contrasted with one dominant color, which sits on the surface, and is like a gate to that which lies beyond. Gates are symbolic entrances into new worlds or represent communication between one world and another, between the living and the dead.

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Bettina Blohm | From the series DAYLIGHT MUTATIONS | 68 x 84 cm | 2019 |
Acrylic, Gouache, charcoal on paper | Courtesy Bettina Blohm & kajetan Berlin | Photo: Marcus Schneider

Bettina Blohm lives in New York and Berlin. In Berlin, she concentrates on works on paper whereas the paintings are made in New York. The exhibtion shows a selection of both groups of works.

BETTINA BLOHM

1961 in Hamburg geboren/ born in Hamburg, Germany

1980-84 Studium der Freien Malerei an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München/ studies painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

1984 Umzug nach New York / moves to New York City

2003 US Staatsbürgerin / becomes US citizen

2004 Arbeitsstipendium / residential fellowship in Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2008 Atelier in Berlin / studio in Berlin

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Bettina Blohm | From the series MOSAIKFORMEN | 65 x 50 cm | 2018 |
Acrylic, charcoal on paper | Courtesy Bettina Blohm & kajetan Berlin | Photo: Marcus Schneider

Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl) / solo exhibitions:

2020
“Gatekeeper” Kajetan Berlin

2018
“Berlin Drawings” Haus am Waldsee (im Bikini), Berlin

2017
“Memory Palace”, Galerie Werner Klein, Köln

2014
Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2013
“Zeichnungen und Bilder”, Galerie Werner Klein, Köln

2012
“Recent Works”, (mit Lisa Abbot-Canfield) Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University, Old Westbury, NY
“Bilder und Skulpturen”, (mit Hans Michael  Franke)
Galerie Werner Ruhnke, Potsdam

2010
“Landschaft und Linie”, Galerie Werner Klein, Köln

2009
Galerie Werner Tammen, Berlin (mit Werner Pokorny)
Galerie Robert Kastowsky, Wien

2008
“Dialog Eduard Micus”, Museum Micus, Ibiza
Galeria Joanna Kunstmann, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Galerie Ursula König, Hanau

2007
“Kohle, Buntstift, Säure”, Zeichnungen und Radierungen, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
“Intervall und Rhythmus”, (mit Susanna Niederer)
Galerie Werner Ruhnke, Potsdam

2006
“Malerei 2004 bis 2006”, Galerie Renate Kammer, Hamburg

2005
“Seeing-Thinking-Drawing”, Zeichnungen und Grafik, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Gottorf

2003
“Bettina Blohm und Alex Katz”, Galerie Susanne Albrecht, München

2002
“Something about Landscape”, Haus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg

2001
“Bettina Blohm – Malerei”, Museum Moritzburg, Halle und Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
“Paintings”, Robert Steele Gallery, New York

2000
“Malerei 1998-2000”, Galerie Susanne Albrecht, München

1997
“Imago”, Galerie Susanne Albrecht, München

1996
“The Road to Delhi”, HERE, New York

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Bettina Blohm | From the series DAYLIGHT MUTATIONS | 65 x 50 cm | 2019 |
Acrylic, gouache, charcoal on paper | Courtesy Bettina Blohm & kajetan Berlin | Photo: Marcus Schneider

Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl) / selected group exhibitions:

2020
“Gezeichnete Stadt” Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (Katalog)
“20 Jahre Galerie Werner Klein” Werner Klein Galerie, Cologne
“Die Vielfalt der Farbe”, Werner Klein Galerie, Cologne
”außer vielleicht eine Konstellation” curated by Michael Glasmeier, oqbo, Berlin

2019
“Labyrinth der Farben” mpk Kaiserslautern (Katalog)

2017
“The State of New York Painting”, curated by Michael Walls, CUNY Kingsborough, New York
“Schnittstellen”, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

2016
“Band” curated by Stephanie Buhmann, Painting Center, New York
“If only Bella Abzug were here”, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2015
“Parallel Lines”, Merton Simpson Gallery, New York
“Ars Continuum”, Amelie A.Wallace Gallery, SUNY, New York

2014
“Berlin – New York”,  Galerie oqbo, Berlin
“Lass Dich von der Natur anwehen. Landschaftszeichnungen der Romantik und Gegenwart”, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen
“Farbe und System”, Galerie Werner Klein, Köln

2013
“Lass Dich von der Natur anwehen. Landschaftszeichnungen der Romantik und Gegenwart”, Kunsthalle Bremen
“Line and Form”, Marc Straus Gallery, New York

2012
“Paper Band”, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York
“Bestandsprobe”, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

2010
“10 Jahre Galerie Werner Klein”, Köln
“New Prints” curated by Philip Pearlstein, International Print Center, New York

2009
“Gegenwart der Linie”, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
“Das erste Jahr”, Galerie Robert Kastowsky, Wien

2008
“Die Welle”,  Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg
“New Prints”, curated by James Siena, International Print Center, New York
“paint it blue”,  Werke aus der ACT art collection Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg,  Bremen
“connected”, Altes Museum, Mönchengladbach

2004
“Colored Pencil”, Kerry Schuss Gallery, New York

2003
“Accrochage”, Museum Walter im Glaspalast, Augsburg
“Off the Beaten Track-Contemporary Mindscapes”, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College  “Reminiscent of Nature”, Farm Art Space, Missoula, Montana

2002
“Der Berg”, Heidelberger Kunstverein
“Made in Tribeca”, mit Melissa Meyer und Jerry Zeniuk, Galerie Susanne Albrecht , München
“Quadrate”,  Galerie Susanne Albrecht, München

2001
“Landschaften eines Jahrhunderts”, Städt. Galerie Aschaffenburg

2000
Robert Steele Gallery, New York

1999
“Serialität: Reihen und Netze”, Städt. Galerie Bremen

1998
“Neuerwerbungen”, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
“Gallery Group”, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

1997
“Gallery Artists”, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York
“Some Artists we like”, Robert Steele Gallery, New York

1995
“Mixed Media Show”, State University of Arizona, Tempe

1993
“Landschaften, Reisebilder”, Galerie Susanne Albrecht, München

1991
“Entracte”, Michael Walls Gallery, New York

1990
“Blau, Farbe der Ferne”, Heidelberger Kunstverein

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Bettina Blohm | From the series DAYLIGHT MUTATIONS | 65 x 50 cm | 2019 |
Acrylic, gouache, charcoal on paper | Courtesy Bettina Blohm & kajetan Berlin | Photo: Marcus Schneider

Öffentliche Sammlungen (Auswahl) / selected public collections:                         

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard (Sammlung Wynn Kramarsky)
Graphische Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
Haus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg
Kunsthalle Bremen
Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen, Schloss Gottorf
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle
Städel Museum, Frankfurt

Vernissage: Friday, 11th September 2020, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in accordance with the applicable hygiene and clearance rules

Exhibition period: Saturday, 12th September to Saturday, 21st November 2020

Special Opening hours during Gallery Weekend 2020: Saturday, 12th September + Sunday, 13th September, each 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Exhibition Bettina Blohm – Galerie kajetan Berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

 

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