Jutta Koether

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Jutta Koether (born 1958) is a German artist, musician and critic based in New York and Berlin[1] since the early 1990s.

Early life and education[edit]

Koether was born in Cologne. She relocated to New York City in 1991.[2] She is currently a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.[1]


Koether's paintings are exercises in color, line, form and pattern and often feature text. Her style has precedent in the work of Sigmar Polke and Kenny Scharf.[2] She is also inspired by artists and intellectuals who have created an alternative to mainstream culture, including underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger and musician Patti Smith.[3]

For much of the 1990s, she mixed graffiti-inspired brushwork, fluorescent colors (especially bright pink), fragmented images and assorted quotations on surfaces that had a vibrant, all-over undergrowth.[4] Her solo show at Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, in 1997 featured a soundtrack by the artist, accompanied by Tom Verlaine.[5] Her visionary work, according to The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, sees painting as multipurpose.[6] She has collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon on a number of projects, for example Her Noise at Tate Modern in 2005.[7][8]

In spring 2012, Koether took part in the three month exposition of Whitney Biennial.[9] Around that time, she conceived two large series of works that respond directly to the French artist Nicolas Poussin, a reinterpretation of his The Seven Sacraments reimagined as a series of installations, and Seasons (2012), a response to Poussin’s The Four Seasons.[10]

Since 1985, Koether has also worked as a reviewer and editor for many magazines and journals such as Spex, Texte zur Kunst, FlashArt and Artscribe.

Selected exhibitions[edit]


  • Maquis, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
  • A Moveable Feast - Part XV, Campoli Presti, Paris
  • Champrovement, Reena Spaulings, New York


  • Un établissement aux Folies-Koethère, Établissement d'en face projects, Brussels
  • Cycle 1. Jutta Koether. Viktoria, Luise, Isabelle, Praxes, Berlin
  • The Double Session, Campoli Presti, London
  • Seasons and Sacraments, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Seasons and Sacraments, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, United Kingdom


  • The Fifth Season, Bortolami Gallery, New York


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



  • New Yorker Fenster, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Koln
  • No.5, Kunsthall Landmark, Bergen
  • Touch and Resist, Song Song, Wien
  • Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich


  • Anderungen aller Art, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern



  • Very Lost Highway, Simultanhalle, Köln
  • extreme harsh, Ausstellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tübingen
  • I Is Had Gone, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
  • Her Noise, South London Gallery, London
  • Blankness is not a Void, Standard Oslo, Oslo
  • Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether, Talk and Performance at Tate Modern, London




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


  • Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Koln
  • zur grunen schenke-funf nachmittags. die geheimen Bilder, Galerie Freund, Wien



Brushholder Value, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster


Dysfunction USA, Arthur Rogers Gallery, New Orleans


Parralax View: Cologne-New York, P.S. 1 Institute for Contemporary Art, New York


Werkschau Jutta Koether, Kunstraum Stuttgart, Stuttgart


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