Rosemarie Trockel. Untitled. 1987

Rosemarie Trockel Untitled 1987

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Trockel created what she calls her "knitting pictures" as a response to her perception of a male-dominated art world. By using traditionally feminine resources and techniques, she calls into question an assumed hierarchy of materials, which places painting at the top and craft at the bottom. In this work, knitted wool was stretched on a frame, mimicking the typical way an oil painting on canvas is displayed. A commercial machine was programmed to knit the phrase "Made in Western Germany" into the wool, an allusion to the artist's background and to the commodification of artists and art in a capitalist society.

Gallery label from Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now, November 17, 2011-February 17, 2014.
8' 2 1/2" x 70 7/8" (250 x 180 cm)
Scott Burton Fund
Object number
© 2019 Rosemarie Trockel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Painting and Sculpture

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