Tomma Abts

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
20 June – 9 September 2018

Tomma Abts’s (b. 1967, Germany) striking paintings are modest in scale yet the culmination of an intense and rigorous working process that is both precise and intuitive. Working consistently with the same format for twenty years, she has nevertheless found endless possibilities for investigating the language of form in painting. Starting with no source material and no preconceived notion of the final composition, the internal logic of each work gradually unfolds to guide a series of decisions that are aimed at establishing the final image. Abts’s exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, co-organised with the Art Institute of Chicago, is her first solo exhibition in a UK public institution and will present work from the last decade. 

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Tomma Abts, Feke, 2013 Acrylic & oil on canvas 48 × 38 cm Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

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Tomma Abts, Fiebe, 2017 Acrylic & oil on canvas 48 × 38 cm Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

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Tomma Abts, Jeels, 2012 Acrylic & oil on canvas 48 × 38 cm Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

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Tomma Abts, Weie, 2017 Acrylic & oil on canvas 48 × 38 cm Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

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