Frank Nitsche

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Frank Nitsche has developed a sophisticated visual language, overlapping layers of paint on top of each other, intersecting lines and creating specific forms. Geometric figures, lines and shapes are composed to abstract formations which could remind of construction plans, technical models, design, calligraphy or computer programs. To work on his abstract compositions, Frank Nitsche makes use of a large visual archive taken from media, pop and consumer culture which he arranges, selects and condenses into his own pictorial idiom; his “albums” being published as artists books or exhibited next to the paintings.

"Nitsche exclusively develops his typically distorted and intertwined planar formalisations during the painting process - without any computer assistance, but nevertheless intentionally including a general aesthetic of medialisation in the paintings. In his opinion "all aspects of social life are designed. I understand my work", says Nitsche, "as the resume and essence of all design, so to say, the deformed design of the zeitgeist, the over-design and the distortion of the over-design." In this respect the scintillatingly compact, evocatively synthetic character of the paintings also harbours social-critical reflections. [...] Nitsche applies a unique pictorial logic to the development of every one of his paintings. For him there is no seriality; not even the formats are standardised. He enters the painting process completely: positioning a form, reacting to it in subsequent steps, obliterating existing parts, overpainting, complementing, erasing further parts, overpainting again, and so on. He continues this until a structure exists with the desired tension, rigour and dynamics."

Jens Asthoff, Into the Green in Frank Nitsche: Green, Galerie Max Hetzler, 2006

Image: AZO-29-2015, 
oil on canvas
, 54 x 51 cm

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected Institutional Exhibitions





Darren Almond, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Rineke Dijkstra, Günther Förg, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Bridget Riley, Thomas Struth, Rebecca Warren, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications / Ridinghouse, Berlin and London 2014
With texts by Julie Sylvester and Jean-Marie Gallais
Edited by Jean-Marie Gallais

€ 45,-

A IV–X - Galerie Max Hetzler


Frank Nitsche

Artist's book, edition of 300, signed and numbered by the artist, 2013

€ 180,-

Always There - Galerie Max Hetzler

Always There

Haluk Akakçe, André Butzer, Günther Förg, Mark Grotjahn, Arturo Herrera, Sarah Morris, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Anselm Reyle, Kay Rosen, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2008
Text by Gudrun Inboden

€ 40,-

Works on Paper - Galerie Max Hetzler

Works on Paper

Franz Ackermann, Haluk Akakçe, Darren Almond, André Butzer, Günther Förg, Ellen Gallagher, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Graham Little, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Chloe Piene, Jorge Queiroz, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2005
Text by Kirsty Bell

€ 35,-

GREEN - Galerie Max Hetzler


Frank Nitsche

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2005
Text by Jens Asthoff

€ 30,-

Selected Press