Nick Mauss is a German/American artist known for an approach to drawing that reverberates across multiple media and histories, taking the form of sculpture, painting, publications, curated exhibitions, writing, and most recently, ballet and exhibition design.
In the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an architectural intervention of trompe l'oeil cotton brushstrokes appliquéd to velvet walls (transposed from a memory of an encounter with a work by Christian Bérard) became a filter through which genealogies of modern art within the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection could be thought and seen differently; in 2014 an exploded “booth” in an art fair presented itself as a multi-tiered stage on which ballet dancers, musicians, and artists performed on the brink of rehearsal, continuously, for five days in a row; and in 2016, Mauss orchestrated and designed an exhibition in celebration of the set and costume designer Leon Bakst at the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco.
Mauss is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College. Recent solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York; Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; and MD72, Berlin. Curated exhibitions and interventions include: “Between the Lines”, Chelsea Hotel, New York; “Bloodflames III,” Alex Zachary, New York; “Florine Stettheimer,” Lenbachhaus, Munich; and "Portraits d'Interieurs," Nouveau Musee National de Monaco. His work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Artists Space, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; the Jewish Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Zürch; and is currently on view in "Question the Wall Itself," at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
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