Rosemarie Trockel

One of the most persuasive feminist artists working today

By her recent standards the past year has been a relatively quiet one for Trockel on the exhibition front. There was a solo show at New York’s Gladstone Gallery at the end of last year, another at the Paris gallery space of rebooted journal Cahiers d’Art and a survey of ceramic works from the past decade of her thirty-year career at the rebooted Aspen Art Museum. And, of course, her work featured in a number of group shows, among them the Gwangju Biennale. Featuring a wide range of media – sculpture, video, drawing, textiles to name but a few – Trockel’s oeuvre is notoriously hard to pin down, but that didn’t stop her picking up the CHF 150,000 Roswitha Haftmann Prize, the biggest in Europe, in recognition of both the importance of her extraordinary artistic output and the influence she exerts on younger artists, in part through 16 years of teaching in her role as Professor of Sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.