Biography

The works of artist Frank Gerritz are characterized by a special materiality and highly precise surface design. The artist, who studied sculpture, creates (wall) sculptures of clear geometric forms with graphite on MDF panels, with paintstick on aluminium and makes (large format) drawings. These are abstract, strictly conceptual works, which nevertheless start from and refer back to the human being.

From the beginning the artist has defined his parameters, which he derives from an average physicality. Gerritz’s art is primarily concerned with centres and edges, lines and corporeal surfaces, the definition of volume and space. In doing so, he virtuously plays the contrasting pairs of light and dark, horizontal and vertical direction, fleeing and centring forces.

Yet he always adheres to a thought-out geometric grid as well as to square and rectangle. His works may initially remind us of works of Minimalism, but they are exactly the opposite. Their quality, for all their precision, is based on the sensuality of life.

Frank Gerritz was awarded the Edwin Scharff Prize Hamburg in 2010. His work has been shown in numerous international museum and gallery exhibitions since the late 1980s.

Works

Exhibitions

Documents

Publications

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2024

Then and There, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca

2022

Frank Gerritz. Sculptural Light, Kirche der Jesuiten, St. Peter, Cologne

XF Projectos, Galleria Xavier Fiol, Madrid

2021

Temporary Ground, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden

Kompass, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

Bartha Contemporary, London

2020

Mulholland drive, Bjorn & Gundorph Gallery, Aarhus

Gemini Royal Flush, Bartha Contemporary, London

2019

Sonic Reducer, Galerie Haas AG, Zürich, Switzerland

First Born Second, Bartha Contemporary, London

Titanium Light, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Skulptur – Standfläche, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

2018

Four Center Connection, XF Projectos, Madrid

Kiyoshi’s Dream, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Between The Lines, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

2017

Duett (with Winston Roeth), Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Minimal Pop, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

To Drop A Line, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt a. M.

2016

Bartha Contemporary, London

Sleeper, Edinburgh

Galeria Xavier Fiol, Madrid, Spain

2015

Minimal, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt a.M.

Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

2014

The Definition Of Space, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt a.M., Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

Drip Drawings and Dark | Light | Spaces, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Drip Drawings and Dark | Light | Spaces, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

2013

Sea of Light, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

2012

Some Early Drawings, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne

Dark Space, Bartha Contemporary, London

Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Iced Honey, Pablo’s Birthday (Tribeca), New York

Icons, Starlets and Disasters, Pablo’s Birthday (Soho), New York

2011

Time Code, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg

Breeze of Light, Nusser & Baumgart, Munich

Musée Tavet-Delacour, Pontoise

2010

Auctions, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

invitationals I auctions, Weserburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen

2009

Two Lines Horizon, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Coded Language, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

2008

Further Down The Lines, Weserburg/Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen

Coded Connection, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne

2007

Then and There, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Breaking the Ice, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

2006

Reflex, Invitational Invitations, Gallery N. von Bartha

We Ship Worldwide – Credit Cards Accepted, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

2005

Invitational Invitations, Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, Munich

Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim (with Winston Roeth)

Lovers and Sidewinders, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

2004

Early Sculptures, Gallery N. von Bartha, London

2003

Last Minute Dream, Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, Munich

2002

Stark Gallery (with Winston Roeth), New York

2001

Coded Language, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

2000

Parallel Universe, Galerie von Lintel & Nusser, Munich

Stark Gallery, New York

1999

Brandstetter & Wyss, Zurich

1998

Galerie Thomas von Lintel, Munich

Between the Lines, Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover

1997

Seraphic Light, Stark Gallery, New York

Territory, Brandstetter & Wyss, Zürich

1995

Headline” (wall drawing), Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover

Brandstetter & Wyss, Zürich

Galerie Hajo Müller, Cologne

1994

Some more Drawings, Stark Gallery, New York

The Center (wall drawing), Wynn Kramarsky, New York

1992

The Column Drawing, Stark Gallery, New York

1991

Sculpture Installation, Stark Gallery, New York

Skulpturen, Schloß Reinbek, Reinbek, Schleswig-Holstein

1990

Skulpturen, Stormarnhaus, Schleswig-Holstein

1989

Blockformation I, Kunst-Büro-Berlin, Berlin

1988

Anonyme Portraits, Galerie Hirsch-Fischer, Hamburg

Skulptur-Standfläche, Kunst-Büro-Berlin, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)

2023

Black, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

Energie – Energy. Works of the Schroth Collection, Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Soest

2020

FRÜHER WAR SCHON IMMER JETZT, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg

A DARKER SHADE OF BLACK, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum

ABSTAND, Episode 3, Papier, Galerie Haas, Berlin

LEIDENSCHAFT IST UNSER ANTRIEB, Werke aus der Sammlung Kunstraum am Limes, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

ABSTAND, Episode 2, Gegenwart, Galerie Haas, Berlin

ART IS HOPE, ART IS LIFE, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

HARD EDGED, SOFT SPOKEN, Bartha Contemporary, London

GROUPSHOW, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

2019

Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Patrick Heide Contemporary, London

30 Years Anniversary Part I, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

In Guter Gesellschaft, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg

30 Years Anniversary Part II, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Connections In Black, Gimpel & Mueller, Paris

2018

Double Rotation, Sammlung Lafrenz, Weserburg, Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Bremen

Painting Black, Raum Schroth im Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest

2017

Twinkle Of An Eye, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Format, Kunstraum Schroth, Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest

Groupshow – In Neuen Räumen!, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Zeichnungen / Drawings, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt a. M.

2016

Precise Feelings II, Kloster Wedinghausen, Arnsberg

Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Sammlung Schroth, Kunstmuseum Kaiser Wilhelm, Krefeld

Morgner Haus, Soest

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

2015

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Time Shift, Bartha Contemporary, London

Precise Feelings, Sammlung Schroth at Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen

Take Part, Sammlung Schroth, Galerie M Beck im Haus der Unternehmerverbände, Saarbrücken

2014

Existenzielle Bildwelten, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen

Farbe und System, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne

Sneak Peak, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

25th Anniversary, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Drawings, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt am Main

Architecture du Silence, Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris

Papier, Pablo’s Birthday, New YorkYork

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Sneak Peak, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Anniversary, Galeria Xavier Fiol, Palma de Mallorca

Drawings, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt am Main

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Architecture du Silence, Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris

Papier, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

2013

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

2012

Drawings and Prints from the Schroth Collection, Galerie des Kunstmuseums Wilhelm-Morgner-Haus, Soest

Information. Collection Schroth, Kloster Wedinghausen, Arnsberg

Le bruit de dessin, Villa du Parc, Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse

Works on Paper, Bartha Contemporary, London

Papier/ paper II, kunstgaleriebonn, Bonn

New Art At UD, Old College Gallery, University Museums of the University of Delaware, Newark

Alles Linie. Material und Zeichnung, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne

2011

Great American Nude, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Minimal And Beyond, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

2010

Drawing attention, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Innenaussen, 4th Biennial of Drawing, Kunstverein Eislingen

2009 – 2010

arte povera bis minimal, Einblicke in die Sammlung Lafrenz, Museum Wiesbaden

2009

Noble Gäste, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen

Continuous Perspectives, Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, Munich

Große Arbeiten auf Papier, Mihel Nisi – Aktuelle Malerei, Berlin

Drawings, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Works On Paper, Two Rooms, Auckland

2008

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

Minimal = More, Lafrenz Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Wir nennen es hamburg, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg

Drawings, Fahnemann Projects, Berlin

Gegenstandslos, Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn

Zeichnung als Prozess, Museum Folwang, Essen

Private/ Corporate V, Minimal Art and Minimalism, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin

2007

Schwarz & Weiss, KSK Rottweil, Rottweil

Straight Forward, Pablo’s Birthday, New York

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

2006

Horizontales, Verticales, Seules, Musée du Pontoise, Pontoise

Accrochage, Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim

2005

Minimal Means, Kunstverein Eislingen, Eislingen

2004

6 Positionen aus der Sammlung Falckenberg, Works from Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, Frank Gerritz, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Special presentation at Art Cologne 2004, Cologne

Skulptur und Farbe. Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Lafrenz, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg

66-03. Ein neuer Dialog der Sammlungen Lafrenz und Reinking, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen

2003

Landscape. Seascape. Territory (with Winston Roeth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Frank Gerritz), Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, Munich

Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

2002

Das befreite Nichts, (with John Armleder, Jean-Marie Bustamante, Günter Förg, Clay Ketter, Imi Knoebel, Perry Roberts, Winston Roeth), Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg

Choose your Partner. An International Drawing Show, (with Stephen Ellis, Jonathan Lasker, Fabian Marcaccio, Winston Roeth, Sean Scully, Günter Tuzina, among others), Nusser & Baumgart Contemporary, Munich

2001

Monets Vermächtnis. Serie – Ordnung und Obsession, (with Tom Bell, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman, among others), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg

Patient Process, (John Andrews, Matthew Kluber, Joan Waltemath, among others) Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for Arts, Grinell, Iowa

Phoenix, (with Andre, Donald Judd, Sherrie Levine, Frank Stella among others) Collection H. Falckenberg (Collection Gundlach and Collection Lafrenz), Hamburg

2000

Galerie Fortlaan 17, (with Heiner Binding, Günter Tuzina) Gent

Stark Gallery (with Gary Lang, Winston Roeth, Steven Rosenthal, Michael Rouillard, Michael Venezia, Joan Waltemath), New York

Brandstetter & Wyss (with Daniel Robert Hunzinger, Rainer Splitt), Zürich

1999

Works on Paper, (with Ernst Caramelle, Helmut Federle, Raimund Girke, Robert Mangold, Rolf Rose, David Row, Günter Tuzina, Steven Willats), Brandstetter & Wyss, Zürich

1998

Erster Umbau (with Bernd & Hiller Becher, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Carry Claric, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Johan Grimonprez, Jürgen Klauke, Astrid Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Dennis Oppenheim, Rolf Rose, Jane & Louise Wilson), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg

Metore II, (with John Armleder, Robert Barry, Herbert Hamak, Mc Cracken, Julia Mangold, Steven Parrino, Hubert Scheibl, Rudolf Stingl among others), Galerie Windows, Brussels

Wahlverwandtschaften II, (with Jill Baroff, Michael Rouillard, Rainer Splitt, Beat Zoderer), Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover

1997

Wahlverwandtschaften I (with Stephan Balkenhol, Bernhard Prinz, Karin Sander, Rosemarie Trockel), Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover

Brandstetter & Wyss, (with Raimund Girke, Joe Goode, Steven Steinmann, Günter Tuzina), Zürich

1995

Galerie Béla Jarzyk (with Ingo Meller, Günter Tuzina, Alan Uglow), Cologne

1994

Galerie Hajo Müller (with Sigmar Polke), Cologne

Junge Kunst, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern

1993

The Second Dimension, Twentieth – Century Sculptors’ Drawings, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

1992

Arthur M. Sackler Museum (with Sol Lewitt), Boston

The Sculptural Body, Stark Gallery, New York

1991

Invitational Drawings, Stark Gallery, New York

1990

Raum, Modell & Wirklichkeit, Weltbekannt e.V., Hamburg

Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen

Das Sammeln der Dinge, Kunst-Büro-Berlin, Berlin

1988

Kopfformen, Große Elbstrasse 88, Hamburg

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