Thomas Schütte Prints
New York, NY 10110
With pathos and an ingenious sense of humor, Schütte often re-visits many of the motifs of classical sculpture, such as female nudes, standings figures, and monumental memorial statues. The Frauen etchings depict Schütte’s large sculptures of reclining women, the sculptural counterpoint to the Grösser Geiste which is on display in the Grace lobby.
Frauen (B), 2006
Suite of 18 color etchings
Each 28 x 39-5/8 inches
The prints on view in the Grace Building span the full range of Thomas Schütte’s graphic output, from the 1990s to the present. The wonderfully craggy faces of the Alte Freunde (Old Friends) etchings are based on small clay sculptures that Schütte made in the early 1990s, and evoke the nineteenth century caricatures of Honoré Daumier.
Alte Freunde, 2010
Suite of 10 line etchings with open bite
Each 31 x 20-1/2 inches
The prints on view in the Grace Building span the full range of Thomas Schütte’s graphic output from the 1990s to the present. Schütte’s Twelve Portraits are poignant depictions of women, ranging from friends of the artist (such as the gallery owner Gisela Capitain) to icons from art history (Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Ginevra de’ Benci).
12 Portraits, 2008
Suite of 12 etchings with drypoint and carborandum on colored ground
Each 35-3/8 x 27-1/2 inches
Twelve Portraits, 2014
Suite of 12 etchings in color
Each 28-8/8 x 20-13/16 inches
The prints on view in the Grace Building span the full range of Thomas Schütte’s graphic output, from the 1990s to the present. The earliest, Woche (Week), consists of seven self-portraits of the artist looking in a mirror.
Suite of 7 color lithographs
Each 24 x 18-1/2 inches
About Thomas Schütte:
Thomas Schütte (b. 1954, Oldenburg, Germany) is among the most important contemporary artists of his generation. He has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions, including at the Monnaie de Paris (2019); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2019); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); Foundation Beyeler, Basel (2014); Serpentine Gallery, London (2012); Reina Sofa, Madrid (2010); and Dia Art Foundation, New York (1999.) In 2005, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, and in 2020/2021 he will be the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Schütte’s work is uncategorizable in a traditional sense, as he produces sculpture, drawing, prints, ceramics, and architecture across a vast range of materials and scales, from small aluminum figures that are only a few centimeters tall to monumental steel, bronze and glass sculptures (such as the Model for a Hotel which he built in 2007 in London’s Trafalgar Square.)