Jutta Koether: Femme Colonne - Lévy Gorvy
  • Jutta Koether's painting 4 Women, JP, IG, CB, JK

    JUTTA KOETHER 4 Women, JP, IG, CB, JK 2021 Oil on canvas 82¹¹⁄₁₆ x 98⁷⁄₁₆ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (210 x 250 x 3 cm) © Jutta Koether

Jutta Koether: Femme ColonneExhibitions

London
December 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

 

22 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PY
40 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4TE

#FemmeColonne

Jutta Koether: Femme Colonne

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce its second exhibition with Jutta Koether. On view at 22 Old Bond Street and 40 Albemarle Street, Jutta Koether: Femme Colonne features seven new, large-scale paintings. Since the 1980s, Koether has utilized appropriation to situate herself within an eclectic artistic genealogy that references idioms from French baroque painting to Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism. In a recurring repertoire of pixelated or “bruised” grids, vibrant red paint, and unfurling ribbons and curtains, Koether layers her own figuration with art historical motifs, recasting these symbols to provoke generative new meanings. This recursion of representational devices invites each viewer to engage deeply with Koether’s canvases, exploring the many valences of signification each opens up—individually and in juxtaposition with other works, across the landscape of art history.

Jutta Koether: Femme Colonne elaborates on the artist’s tradition of canonical reference. The exhibition borrows its title from a term coined by art historian T. J. Clark in an essay on the French classicist Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). In his reading of Poussin’s The Sacrament of Marriage (1647–48), Clark refers to the figure at the painting’s far left as the “femme-colonne,” which literally translates to “woman column”—the folds of her clothes and veil are all that remain visible beyond the looming architectural form at her right. Koether’s paintings in Femme Colonne reckon with and reimagine this mysterious figure, simultaneously encompassing the human and the architectural, the upright and the horizontal, the marginal and the pivotal.

The paintings on view extend representational motifs and schemas Koether has developed throughout her artistic career; her signature red hue and reconceptualized female nudes respond to Clark’s academic proposition of uprightness, femininity, and light. Like the “woman column” herself, Koether’s Femme Colonne is what Clark might call “an invitation to reading.” Portraying a vibrant dialogue with art history, the seven distinctive works also encourage contemporary discourse, their iterative structure functioning as a unified body which interweaves verticality, gender, materiality, and paint. In her project of revisiting, remaking, and (re)presenting the femme-colonne, Koether paints new, evocative formations that rely upon and engage the participation of the viewer—the presence of the being standing always nearly out of frame.

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Selected Works

  • Jutta Koether's painting Lying, LF, Rags

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Lying, LF, Rags
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    70⅞ x 90⁹⁄₁₆ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (180 x 230 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's painting Grand Holding

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Grand Holding
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    78¾ x 59¹⁄₁₆ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (200 x 150 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's 35-part painting Berlin Boogie #11

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Berlin Boogie #11
    2021
    35 parts, oil on canvas
    31 canvases: 11¹³⁄₁₆ x 11¹³⁄₁₆ x ¹³⁄₁₆ inches (30 x 30 x 2 cm)
    2 canvases: 11¹³⁄₁₆ x 11¹³⁄₁₆ x 1⁹⁄₁₆ inches (30 x 30 x 4 cm)
    2 wooden panels: 11¹³⁄₁₆ x 11¹³⁄₁₆ x ¹³⁄₁₆ inches (30 x 30 x 2 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's painting Femme Colonne #4

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Femme Colonne #4
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    78 3/4 x 19 11/16 x 1 3/16 inches (200 x 50 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's painting Femme Colonne #5

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Femme Colonne #5
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    78¾ x 19¹¹⁄₁₆ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (200 x 50 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's painting Standing, LF, Rags

    JUTTA KOETHER
    Standing, LF, Rags
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    90⁹⁄₁₆ x 70⅞ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (230 x 180 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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  • Jutta Koether's painting 4 Women, JP, IG, CB, JK

    JUTTA KOETHER
    4 Women, JP, IG, CB, JK
    2021
    Oil on canvas
    82¹¹⁄₁₆ x 98⁷⁄₁₆ x 1³⁄₁₆ inches (210 x 250 x 3 cm)
    © Jutta Koether

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