The minute something works, it ceases to be interesting. As soon as you have spelled something out, you should set it aside.
—— Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel is a preeminent German conceptual artist renowned for her works that challenge traditional notions of femininity, sexulaity, culture and artistic production. Trockel gained international recognition through her series of Knitted Paintings that contain a repeated pattern produced by a computerised knitting machine. Additionally, her incorporation of references to popular culture through logos or symbols and sometimes text is another way to comment on the commodification of art and on the subjectivity of language and visual representation. Since the late 1990’s Trockel has worked extensively with clay and has also continued to produce both hand and machine knitted “paintings”. Several of these paintings were exhibited in her major mid-career retrospective, Post-Menopause at Ludwig Museum, Kessel in 2005. The title of this exhibition has been read as a comment on the common occurrence of women artists only receiving recognition at a late stage of their lives. Trockel has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held in institutions such as MAXXI – Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo, in Rome, The Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, and the Dia Foundation for the Arts in New York. She has also participated in exhibitions in significant institutions such as the MoMA in New York, the Fondation Beyeler in Rien and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. Trockel has also participated in several international biennials, and her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2011 Kaiserring from the city of Goslar, which is one of the best-known prizes for contemporary art in the world. Trockel currently lives and works in Cologne.