b. 1952, Germany

Rosemarie Trockel Artworks

Referencing Pop art, minimalism, and modernist abstraction, Rosemarie Trockel's paintings, installations, and sculptures recover materials and mediums commonly associated with feminine labour to address the patriarchal dominance of the art world.

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Rosemarie Trockel: Knitted Works

Trockel became known for her machine-knitted wool paintings in the mid-1980s. The monochrome compositions incorporate traditional knitting patterns, like stripes and checks, beside speech bubbles, Playboy bunny logos, and trademarks reading 'Made in West Germany'.

Feminism

In the same years, Trockel worked for the magazine Eau de Cologne in collaboration with artists like Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, and Cindy Sherman. Three issues were published by gallerist Monika Sprüth with a specific focus on the works of women artists.

Titled Post-Menopause, the artist's 2005 retrospective at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne was named after the wool painting Menopause (2005). The survey challenged both the notion of aging artworks and retrospectives, while proclaiming a continuation of feminist art and knitted paintings.

Sculptures

Equally witty and observant, sculptures like Schizo-pullover (1988), a grey wool sweater with two neck holes, offer playful commentaries that draw from social and cultural symbols and existing material associations, at once provoking and propelling the imagination.

A similar subversion of the domestic, Trockel's 'hot plates' transformed electric cooker hot plates into wall reliefs modelled after speakers and record players. Minimalistic in colour and shape, the resulting patterns paid homage to the dotted canvases of established Pop artists.

Book Drafts

The series 'Book Drafts' gathers over 200 drawings and collages that were made between 1978 and 2003 as an antidote to procrastination. Most take the form of a book cover, sometimes with pages inside, while others are simply decorated with a title graphic, a drawing, photograph, or a photocopy of found images.

With emphasis on design and formal characteristics, 'Book Drafts' is a collection of 'associative thoughts' that carried the artist through creative blockages, with witty titles like Spiral Betty, referring to American artist Robert Smithson's 1970 land art sculpture, Spiral Jetty.

This act of collecting, re-ordering, and re-writing inherent to Trockel's process can be noted in later works like CLUSTER II — Prisoner of Yourself (2015), an assemblage of digitally reconfigured photographs that form a visual diary of the artist's previous exhibitions.

Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos

Trockel's 2012 presentation at the New Museum in New York, A Cosmos, juxtaposed 30 years of the artist's works with artefacts from different eras and cultures, including objects from non-professional artists, echoing Trockel's interest in collapsing the distinction between high and low art.

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The Mystery of Malpica by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture
Rosemarie Trockel The Mystery of Malpica, 1992 Wool, life belt, white-red, pink plexiglass box
100 x 100 x 25 cm
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59 Likes by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork photography, print
Rosemarie Trockel 59 Likes, 2015/2021 Digital print on paper, plexi frame
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Happy Valentine by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork painting
Rosemarie Trockel Happy Valentine, 2021 Oil on canvas
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White Hope by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork painting
Rosemarie Trockel White Hope, 2021 Oil on canvas
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Challenge by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Rosemarie Trockel Challenge, 2020 Ceramic, sol-silicate-based paint
67 x 67 x 8 cm
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Lucky Lady by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Rosemarie Trockel Lucky Lady, 2017 Ceramics, slip trailing
60 x 60 x 20 cm
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Dry Milk (Mother's Invention) by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture
Rosemarie Trockel Dry Milk (Mother's Invention), 2020 Ceramic, glazed
71 x 57 x 6 cm
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CLUSTER II - Prisoner of Yourself by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork print
Rosemarie Trockel CLUSTER II - Prisoner of Yourself, 2015 19 digital prints on paper mounted on forex, framed
240 x 452 cm
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Louvre 2 by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Rosemarie Trockel Louvre 2, 2009 Ceramics, multi coloured, glazed, platinum
72 x 72 x 29 cm
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What - If Could - Be by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork painting
Rosemarie Trockel What - If Could - Be, 1990 Wool (beige-black) on canvas, plexiglas frame
150 x 155 x 3 cm
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Untitled by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork painting
Rosemarie Trockel Untitled, 2014 Acrylic wool on canvas, plexiglass frame
70 x 85 cm
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Farm by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork painting
Rosemarie Trockel Farm, 2013 Acrylic wool on canvas, framed in plexiglas
50 x 50 cm
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Zum schwarzen Ferkel 2 by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork ceramics
Rosemarie Trockel Zum schwarzen Ferkel 2, 2006 Ceramics, platin glazed
160 x 130 x 8 cm
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Untitled (Pro) by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork mixed media
Rosemarie Trockel Untitled (Pro), 1986 Knitted wool on canvas, plexiglas frame
144.8 x 165.1 cm
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Untitled by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture
Rosemarie Trockel Untitled, 1987 Iron, electric burners, enamel paint, plaster, with patina
87 x 49.8 x 50.2 cm
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Sunday Prayer by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork textile
Rosemarie Trockel Sunday Prayer, 2015 Acrylic wool
80 x 100 cm
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Study for a Survey by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture
Rosemarie Trockel Study for a Survey, 2009 Ceramics, multi coloured, glazed, Platinum
55 x 55 x 17 cm
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Untitled by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork mixed media
Rosemarie Trockel Untitled, 2013 Mixed acrylic material
110 x 110 cm
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Made in China by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Rosemarie Trockel Made in China, 2008 Ceramic, glazed
40 x 33 x 30 cm
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Interior Motive by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork sculpture
Rosemarie Trockel Interior Motive, 2013 Acrystal, perspex, acrylic paint
65 x 45 x 26 cm
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Marble Doesn't Smile by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork installation
Rosemarie Trockel Marble Doesn't Smile, 2013 Acrystal, perspex, acrylic paint
70 x 49 x 7 cm
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Rubbersoul by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork installation
Rosemarie Trockel Rubbersoul, 2013 Acrystal, perspex, acrylic paint, clockwork
25 x 130 x 35 cm
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Fears into Touch by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork installation
Rosemarie Trockel Fears into Touch, 2013 Acrystal, perspex, acrylic paint, clockwork
79 x 100 x 7 cm
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Clock Owner by Rosemarie Trockel contemporary artwork installation
Rosemarie Trockel Clock Owner, 2013 Acrystal, perspex, acrylic paint, clockwork
70 x 49 x 13 cm
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