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Jutta Koether

Jutta Koether

German artist, musician and critic
Jutta Koether
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Intro German artist, musician and critic
Is Journalist Painter
From Germany
Type Arts Journalism
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1958, Cologne, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 64 years
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Jutta Koether (born 1958) is a German artist, musician and critic based in New York City and Berlin since the early 1990s.

Early life and education

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


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. 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.

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. Her solo show at Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, in 1997 featured a soundtrack by the artist, accompanied by Tom Verlaine. Her visionary work, according to The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, sees painting as multipurpose. She has collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon on a number of projects, for example Her Noise at Tate Modern in 2005.

In spring 2012, Koether took part in the three-month exposition of Whitney Biennial. 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.

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


  • 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


  • Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Lux Interior, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
  • Sovereign Women in Painting, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles


  • 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


  • Love In a Void, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
  • Metalist Moment, Performance, Herald St, London


  • 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


  • Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, New York City
  • Fresh Aufhebung - Künstlerisches Interesse am philosophische verneinten Wunderglauben, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln
  • Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
  • Fresh Aufhebung, 271 Grand Street, New York


  • Desire Is War, Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
  • The Club in the Shadow, in collaboration with Kim Gordon, Kenny Schachter conTEMPorary, New York


  • 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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