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Frontage (Well, Show Me Nothing)
Jutta Koether
Frontage (Well, Show Me Nothing)


Oil on canvas

188 x 290 cm
Jutta Koether’s abstract paintings, with their translucent interconnected web patterns, fragments of texts and songs, are like a portrait of the artist in our times. She is a painter, but not only that. Interweaving soft, sinuous brushwork and delicate colouring with bold cartoon-style figuration and graffiti-making is just part of a bigger whole – an interdisciplinary artistic practice overlapping performance, music, writing and other activities, and reflecting her strong, feminist, punk/pop-influenced engagement with contemporary theory and culture.
Jutta Koether


Oil on canvas

250 x 200 cm
Koether used to edit the German culture and music publication Spex and has been based in New York since the 1990s. In her vibrant paintings she shows a fascination with the German ‘bad painting’ of Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, while taking unabashed pleasure in the physical, handicraft of art-making and its associations with traditional women’s work. Her lush style is reminiscent of the fluid nature of street art, DIY and self-published comic books, and shares a similar disregard for traditional ideas about technique.
Leibhaftige Malerei
Jutta Koether
Leibhaftige Malerei


Acrylic on linen

400 x 484 cm
Gesturing hands, legs and a face float amidst the sketchy greens of Mède (1992). Multiple embedded elements are fused into a swirling, magnetic whole whose stormy, messy layering includes a strangely pop ‘smiley face’ over the whole work. Frontage (Well, Show Me Nothing) (1994) features an exploding cartoon bubble at its centre, from which contradicting lines, figurative elements and letters radiate and intersect in thinned pastel shades. The lines recalling railway maps, a hand holding dollar bills in the upper right-hand corner and an open one at the centre of the canvas suggest multiple possible narratives in the sweeping abstract composition.

Leibhaftige Malerei (2007), an elegant large-scale painting, harnesses abstract abandonment into a dark forest scene depicting figures performing a mysterious act in the foreground. The painting fuses Koether’s interest in experimental technique with the primal, raw power of self-consciously primitivistic imagery.

Jutta Koether's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1958, Cologne
Lives and works in New York


The Fifth Season, Bortolami, New York

Mad Garland, Campoli Presti, Paris
The Thirst, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Berliner Schlüssel, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin

Berliner Schlussel, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin

Lux Interior, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
Sovereign Women in Painting, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

New Yorker Fenster, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
No.5, Kunsthall Landmark, Bergen, Norway
The fact that you place your bet on red does not mean that the black is not still there, Galerie
Francesca Pia, Zürich
JXXXA Leibhaftige Malerei, Sutton Lane, Paris
Leibhaftige Malerei JXXXA, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

Änderungen Aller Art, Kunsthalle Bern
Jutta Koether / Rodney McMillian, with Rodney McMillan, Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects,
Dead Already, with Kim Gordon, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Love In a Void, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien with Silke Otto-Knapp
Fantasia Colonia, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

Very Lost Highway, Simultanhalle, Köln
Extreme Harsh, Ausstellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tübingen
I Is Had Gone, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether, Talk and Performance at Tate Modern, London

Fresh Aufhebung - Künstlerisches Interesse am philosphisch verneinten Wunderglauben,
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln
Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
Fresh Aufhebung, 371 Grand Street, New York

The Club in the Shadow, in collaboration with Kim Gordon, Kenny Schachter conTEMPorary,
New York
Desire Is War, Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
Europe Extreme III: Farbenfieber, Performance, Pro qm, Berlin

Black Bonds, Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino, Swiss Institute, New York
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln

Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln
zur grünen schenke-fünf uhr nachwithtags. die geheimen Bilder, Galerie Freund, Wien

Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

Billet-Doux, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln
Songs of New York & c, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

After Shows, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Warmer Stern, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln

frontage, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

Unter, Galerie Bruno Brunnet, Berlin
Affective Import: Antibodies I-V, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

Unter, Galerie Bruno Brunnet, Berlin
Affective Import: Antibodies I-V, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York

Massen. Malerei und Versammlung, Generali Foundation, Wien
Kissing the Canvas, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
The Halal File, Standard Graphik, Köln
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz

20 Minuten, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Köln

The Things Art Makes, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz
Werkschau Jutta Koether, Kunstraum Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Road to Cairo, CC Galerie, Graz
Keeping the Issues Alive, Galerie Janrig, Krefeld


Whitney Biennal 2012, Whitney Museum, New York

Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Invitation to the Voyage, Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York
The Rose-Colored Room, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
Antidepressiva, Galerie Peithner Lichtenfels, Wien
Sovereign Woman, Texte zur Kunst zum Gallery Weekend Berlin, Linienstr.160, Berlin
Abstract-Mad-Stir-Delirium-Copper-Bottomed-Work-Stick-Shop, daad Galerie, Berlin
Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art From Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London

Utopie und Monument II, Steirischer Herbst 2010, Graz
Sammlung Reininghaus, Sammlung Falckenberg – Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg

Besides, With, Against, And Yet: Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture, The Kitchen, New York
Per Non Dormire: JUTTA KOETHER, MICHAEL BUTHE & MAX KLINGER, Villa Romana, Florence
Trio Exhibition 2009, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Palindrom, curated by Tom Holert and Michael Dreyer, Hermes und der Pfau Project Space for
Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
Quodlibet II, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Schere, Stein, Papier, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Bijoux de Famille, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
See This Sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
Painting at the (other) end of art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Born to be Wild, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Cave Painting, PSM Gallery, Berlin

Reena Spaulings: Courbet your enthusiasm, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Her Noise Archives, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat.)
Black Noise, A tribute to Steven Parrino, Ile des impressionnistes, Chatou, France
Light is a kind of rhythem (part 2), Glaspavillion, Berlin
Jutta Koether / John Miller, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Performance at Artists Space, New York
Performance, with Grand Openings, at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
(MUMOK), Vienna
Performance, with Grand Openings, at Bumpershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
Altered States of Paint, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
CA.BU. + BA.D.AL.MO, Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf, Germany

Epileptic Seizure Comparison, Green Naftali, New York24 November - 22 December, Sutton Lane, Paris
Zwischen Zwei Toden / Between Two Deaths, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
From the Audible to the Visible, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris
Stubborn Materials, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York
Lost and Found. Von Verlusten und Strategien der kulturellen Selbstermachtigung, Shedhalle Zurich
Painting as Fact - Fact as Fiction, dePury & Luxembourg, Zurich
Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart, von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Wuppertal,
Germany (cat.)
Shandyismus - Autorschaft als Genre - Ausstellungsgesprach, Secession, Vienna and
Kunsthaus Dresden
For the People of Paris, Sutton Lane, Paris (cat.)
What we do is secret, Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva
Feminist Legacies and Potentials in Contemporary Art Practice: If I Canʼt Dance I Donʼt Want to be Part of Your Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
If I Canʼt Dance I Donʼt Want to be Part of Your Revolution, Utrecht, Netherlands

…In Autumn, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien
Reena Spaulings: Bialystoker, Sutton Lane, London
Gifts go in one direction, Apexart, New York
Metalist Moment, Performance, Herald St, London
Make your own life: Artists in and out of Cologne, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Love Letter, Herald St, London
Galerie Daniel Buchholz at Metro Pictures, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York
The Dimes of March, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
The Subversive Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum, New York

Performa 05, Performa, New York
Blankness is not a Void, Standard Oslo, Oslo
Afterall, Apexart, New York
Trade, White Columns, New York

Jetzt und zehn Jahre davor, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
Rheinschau, Köln
Teil 1 Müllberg, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln
Publish and be damned, Cubitt, London
Born to be a Star, Künstlerhaus Wien
The Big Nothing, ICA Philadelphia
The personal is political, und peinlich, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, P.S.1, New York

Fresh Aufhebung, Performance im Rahmen d. Ausst. „Dass die Körper sprechen, auch das
wissen wir seit langem, Generali Foundation, Wien
Vom Horror der Kunst, Steirischer Herbst, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
20th Anniversary Show, Monika Sprüth - Philomene Magers, Köln
The Melvins, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main
Holler Color Holler, Special Event in the Backroom of Greene Naftali, New York

Unknown Pleasures, Daniel Reich, New York
2000 MU Art Foundation/De Witte Dame, Kims Bedroom, Eindhoven
Prophecies, Swiss Institute, New York
Hex Enduction Hour by the Fall, Team Gallery, New York, kuratiert von Bob Nickas

Malerei, INIT-Kunsthalle, Berlin

Brushholder Value, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Mary Heilmann, Joan Jonas, Jutta Koether, Monique Prieto, Pat Hearn
Gallery, New York

Thomas Emde, Isabell Heimerdinger, Jutta Koether: No Strangers to
Paradise, Three German Artists in California, Newspace, Los Angeles

A / Drift, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Painting the Extended Field, Magasin 3, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö
Screen, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Ooo La La!: Twelve Members of the New York Art World Select Twelve
Emerging Women Artists, Soho 20, New York

When Techno Turns to Poetry, Kunstwerke, Berlin
Joy of Painting, Here, New York

Spielverderber, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Rehearsal for ‘frontage’, innerhalb von „Taste Venue, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Dysfunction USA, Arthur Rogers Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Reflex: Die Neunziger, Wiener Secession, Wien
The Use of Pleasure, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Galerie Jousse Cequin, Paris, kuratiert von Peter Hopkins
Malerei 2000, Wien, kuratiert von ARTFAN
June, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Abstract for Affective Import, Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent
Study Program Annual Open Studio Competition, New York
Parralax View: Cologne-New York, P.S. 1 Institute for Contemporary Art, New York
X- Art Foundation, Blast Art Benefit, New York
Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln

7 Rooms, 7 Curators, Institute for Contemporary Art, New York
Projezioni, Buchholz & Buchholz, Köln von Gregorio Magnani
1968, Le Consortium, Dijon
Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin with Merlin Carpenter, Michael Krebber, Cosima von Bonin
Galerie Laage Salomon, Paris with L. Joubert
Massenverhältnisse - Standards, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Köln
The Inside Job, innerhalb von „The Real Thing, Water Bar, New York, organisiert
von Eric Oppenheim

Regard sur la Jeune Creation Allemande, 36. Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge
Koether - Malerei 2, 90 a.s.o., Auvers-sur-Oise, kuratiert von Francoise Claire
Prodhon und Alain Reinaudo
Auf Tod folgt Tod, innerhalb von „The Köln Show, 9 Kölner Galerien, Köln

Hypostatics, Kunstverein München, kuratiert von minimal club, München

of Everyday Life, innerhalb der Ausstellung „Broken Neon, Forum Stadtpark, Graz,
kuratiert von Martin Kippenberger
Information in Jutta Koether, Wiener Secession, Wien
f. Plakat Buch
Spectacle of the West, La Maquina Espanola, Sevilla with Bettina Semmer und Rosemarie
Practical Relations of Everyday Life, Raum Lothringer Straße, München

Terminal Islands, Forum Stadtpark, Graz

Trockel Semmer Koether, La Grande Serre, Rouen with Bettina Semmer und Rosemarie