Senior Partner Bellatrix Hubert will lead guests through the gallery's latest show featuring painter Tomma Abts.
David Zwirner is pleased to present a select number of seats at their press preview of their new exhibition by Tomma Abts, the gallery’s first show with the artist since 2008. The show at Zwirner's 519 West 19th Street location coincides with "Tomma Abts: Mainly Drawings," the inaugural exhibition at the new Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.
One of today’s most significant abstract painters, Abts has continuously explored the activity of painting. Guided by intuition, Tomma's paintings’ evolution is evidenced by ridges and uneven texture, with earlier layers subtly visible beneath the final coating. Abts’s layered process is echoed visually in the eight paintings included in this exhibition, which each involves shapes that overlap each other and blur any differentiation between foreground and background as well as positive and negative space.
The exhibition also includes drawings by the artist made with colored pencils. While these can be seen to extend the use of lines in her paintings, and also begin with no prior plan, they involve a different process. Each series is based on a defined set of elements, and each drawing is completed in one session. They all follow the same format and are always untitled, in contrast to the paintings, whose titles are chosen from a dictionary of first names.
About the artist
Born in 1967 in Kiel, Germany, Tomma Abts studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin from 1988 to 1995. She joined David Zwirner in 2005, and had her debut exhibition at the gallery in New York in 2008.
Prominent institutions which have hosted solo shows of the artist’s work include the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2011); New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (both 2008); Kunsthalle Basel; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (both 2005).
Abts was the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize, organized by Tate Gallery, London. Her work has been included in major international exhibitions such as the Berlin Biennial (2006); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2004); Istanbul Biennial (2001); amongst others.
Her work is represented in public collections internationally, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Tate Gallery, London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives and works in London.