Mark Grotjahn: Untitled (Captain America)
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Mark Grotjahn: Untitled (Captain America) at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, featuring the large-scale, ten-part drawing Untitled (Captain America) (2008–09).
With its centrifugal radiant motif, the work synthesizes the comic-book hero Captain America—a patriotic super-soldier fighting the Axis powers during World War II—into pure, vibrating lines of force in symbolic red, white, and blue. Geometry and process resonate with each other in the razor-sharp perspectival rays and random allover marks—traces of Grotjahn’s tenacious working method, as he moves from one drawing to another—as well as in the skeins of acid-yellow calligraphy that surface from time to time, like an Abstract Expressionist palimpsest.
The publication comprises a twenty-two-page accordion-fold pullout with each panel of the drawing on a dedicated page and a booklet featuring a text by art historian David Anfam, both bound to the hardcover case.