Regen Projects presents an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Silke Otto-Knapp curated by Kitty Scott. This is the second solo presentation of the artist’s work at the gallery, and the first in Los Angeles since her passing in October 2022. An opening art party will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 5-7pm.

About the Exhibition

This exhibition brings to the fore the broad reach and development of Otto-Knapp’s late paintings. In them, her depictions of dancers and landscapes all come to share the vocabulary of a black palette. This approach gives way to staged pictorial space that hovers between limited depth and illusion. Otto-Knapp’s studies or “watercolor drawings” were—together with photographs and digital images—the lifeblood of her preparatory approach to painting during this moment.

About Silke Otto-Knapp

Silke Otto-Knapp (1970–2022) was born in Osnabrück, Germany, and lived in Los Angeles. She served as professor of painting and drawing at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. She earned an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 1996. In addition, She received a Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, in 1997.

Otto-Knapp has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide: Silke Otto-Knapp, Casa Mutina Milano, Italy (2022–2023); Silke Otto-Knapp: In the waiting room, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2020); Bühnenbilder, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2017–2018); Land lies in water, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015); Monday or Tuesday, Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); Cold Climate, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2014); Questions of Travel, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna (2014), Fogo Island Arts, Canada (2014); Geography and Plays, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); A light in the moon / MATRIX 239, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2011–2012); Many many women, Kunstverein München (2010); Present Time Exercise, Modern Art Oxford (2009); and 50ft Queenie, Tate Britain, London (2005–2006).

Silke Otto-Knapp

Silke Otto-Knapp, Untitled 16, 2018. Watercolor on paper, 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.6 cm)

Additional Exhibitions

Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions such as Joan Didion: What She Means, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2022–2023), Perez Art Museum, Miami (2023–2024); Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Barbican Centre, London (2020–2021), V&A Dundee (2022); and Though it’s dark, still I sing, the 34th Bienal de São Paulo (2021).

More About Silke Otto-Knapp

Otto-Knapp’s work is held in the permanent collections of museums including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Art Institute of Chicago; Belvedere Museum, Vienna; Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg (Mudam); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Tate Modern, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; among others.

About Kitty Scott

Kitty Scott is a renowned curator in the field of contemporary art with decades of experience leading Canadian art institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has organized numerous exhibitions including Beautiful world, where are you?, the 10th Liverpool Biennial (2018), and A way out of the mirror, Geoffrey Farmer’s project at the Canada Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). She was an agent for dOCUMENTA (13) (2012) and has written extensively on contemporary art for journals, books, and catalogues.

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On view: June 2, 2023 – August 12, 2023

What: Silke Otto-Knapp
Where: Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038