Kerstin Brätsch: Innovation
Published by Walther König, Köln.
Edited with text by Patrizia Dander. Foreword by Bernhard Maaz, Achim Hochdörfer, Andrea Viliani. Text by Kathy Halbreich, Lanka Tattersall. Interview by Philipp Coulter, Allison Katz.
With a chronological plate section and detailed texts, this is the first monograph on the widely acclaimed German-born, New York–based painter Kerstin Brätsch (born 1979), a star of The Museum of Modern Art's 2014 show and catalogue The Forever Now.
It surveys her expanded painterly practice, which includes paintings on paper and mylar foil, glass works and marblings, but also performances and collaborative projects as Das Institut (with Adele Röder) and Kaya (with Debo Eilers and Kaya Serene). Throbbing with bright color and thick, writhing forms, Brätsch's paintings are often installed in a manner that further intensifies their physicality—hung by magnets, draped or framed in between sheets of glass and then leaned against the wall. For the first time, this book highlights the developments and connections between her various bodies of work.