An installation view of the exhibition Tomma Abts, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2014.

Tomma Abts

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Tomma Abts, the gallery's first show with the artist since 2008. On view at 519 West 19th Street in New York, it will coincide with Tomma Abts: Mainly Drawings, the inaugural exhibition at the new Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, designed by architect Shigeru Ban (through October 26).

One of today's most significant abstract painters, Abts has continuously explored the activity of painting. Starting each of her works without a preconceived idea, knowing only the size of the canvas and her materials, she gradually arrives at the composition over varying periods of time. Guided by intuition, the paintings' evolution is evidenced by ridges and uneven texture, with earlier layers subtly visible beneath the final coating. While abstract, the works are still illusionistic, and shadows, gradations of color, a sense of movement, variations between light- and darkness, and three-dimensional, trompe l'oeil-like effects seem to evoke objects and landscapes. The portrait format of the compositions and their intimate scale enhance the sense of individuality and invite "face-to-face" encounters with the viewer, thus underscoring the mental process involved in their execution. Like remnants of thoughts, the physical objects take time to fully observe and always retain open-ended meanings.

Read more

For more information about available works contact inquiries@davidzwirner.com

A painting by Tomma Abts, titled Voke, dated 2013.

Tomma Abts

Voke, 2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
18 7/8 x 15 inches (48 x 38 cm)
A painting by Tomma Abts, titled Feke, dated 2013.

Tomma Abts

Feke, 2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
18 7/8 x 15 inches (48 x 38 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Tomma Abts, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2014.
An installation view of the exhibition Tomma Abts, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2014.
An installation view of the exhibition Tomma Abts, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2014.

German artist Tomma Abts (born 1967) creates her paintings and drawings using a rigorous process that combines the rational with the intuitive. Starting with no external source material and no preconceived idea of the final result, Abts makes complex abstract compositions that ultimately take as their subject the process of their own creation. This publication accompanies her exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum, which is the first to survey the artist's extensive drawing practice. It features 41 works from 1996 to the present—many never before exhibited—and includes new works created specifically for the exhibition. The catalogue also features essays by Bob Nickas, Katy Siegel and Heidi Zuckerman.

A painting by Tomma Abts, titled Wybe, dated 2014.

Tomma Abts

Wybe, 2014
Acrylic and oil on canvas
Work in two parts, overall 18 7/8 x 15 inches (48 x 38 cm)
A painting by Tomma Abts, titled Hebo, dated 2013.

Tomma Abts

Hebo, 2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
18 7/8 x 15 inches (48 x 38 cm)

    Information

      Inquire

      To learn more about this artwork, please provide your contact information.

      By sharing your details you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.

      Inquire

      To learn more about available works, please provide your contact information

      By sharing your details you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.

      • Tomma Abts
        Explore
        Installation Views