A 12-foot-long sculpture created by Katharina Grosse, Untitled, rises up from the front lawn of the museum. The work is on loan from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. Grosse created Untitled in 2013 from acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic. Grosse, who was born in Germany in 1961, has been pushing the envelope of what constitutes an abstract “painting” for many years. She works in conventional mediums, such as acrylic and canvas, but also with installations such as dirt, Styrofoam and other types of non-traditional materials.
“Her work comes from a long lineage of gestural abstraction that goes back to the abstract expressionists but also includes Earth art, graffiti and street art,” said Marshall Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “This work is just as much of an ‘intervention’ in the landscape as it is a sculpture installed in front of the museum. Like all of her work, it is active and engaging and in no way passive.”