Bettina Blohm Exhibition

Marc Straus

poster for Bettina Blohm Exhibition

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MARC STRAUS presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by Bettina Blohm. This will be the artist’s first show with the gallery.
Bettina Blohm has been refining her abstract paintings for nearly thirty years. Her visual language is
inspired by the dense color palettes of Matisse, the scale and breadth of the Abstract Expressionists, and
the poetic lack of naturalism of Asian landscape paintings. Each painting is focused on a single color,
shifting with brushwork, thickness, hatches and lines to create intermediate spaces. In “DOUBLE
DUTCH,” the ground is a lush blue with interweaving loops of greenish-ochre and small moments of other
colors. The title undoubtedly refers to the jump rope game that using two ropes at a time, requires timing
and acrobatic facility. In these flat paintings we sense such fluidity, energy, and movement.
Blohm’s works take many months to create. She builds layer upon layer of paint, washes off entire
sections, and repaints to create a gestural and urgent surface holding a sense of emotional intensity
underneath. She states, “through this process the paintings acquire their own history, like fictional
characters. I think of the result as something parallel to nature.”

Blohm studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany and moved to New York in 1984,
later establishing a second studio in Berlin. She is currently part of a survey exhibition organized by
Kunsthalle Bremen and later travelling to Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen . She is in numerous
international collections, and has exhibited at such prestigious institutions as Museum Pfalzgalerie
Kaiserslautern, Germany; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Kurpfälzisches Museum,
Heidelberg, Germany, and International Print Center, New York. Blohm lives and works in New York and



from October 26, 2014 to December 12, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-10-26 from 17:00 to 19:00


Bettina Blohm

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