R.H. Quaytman

R.H. Quaytman,  To the German Language  (still) video, 25:27 minutes. image courtesy of the artist

R.H. Quaytman, To the German Language (still) video, 25:27 minutes. image courtesy of the artist


R. H. Quaytman  is an American contemporary artist, best known for her paintings on wood panels and research-based installations.  Each iteration of her work, or "Chapter" is guided by architectural, historical and social characteristics of the original site to which she responds. The Chapter is a useful formal apparatus for Quaytman as it allows her to think about the relationship between paintings in a group, akin to paragraphs of a chapter in a novel, and also suggest relationships between the Chapters themselves. Quaytman has been making and exhibiting paintings since the mid-’80s; from 2005-2008 she co-ran and directed the collaborative gallery, Orchard on New York’s Lower East Side. 

Quaytman has had recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (2018), Secession, Vienna (2017), Los Angeles MOCA (2016), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2015), Gladstone Gallery (2014) The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2013), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2011). Significant group exhibition include Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), documenta 14 (2017), Manifesta 11 (2016), mumok Vienna (2016), Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2016) Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015) and the  2010 Whitney Bienniale. Since 2006, she has taught in the MFA program at Bard. Quaytman is the recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship (2001). Quaytman earned her B.A from Bard College and her MFA from National College of Art & Design, Dublin. 

Becoming American features Quaytman’s To the German Language (2013), a subjective historiography of a uniquely American institution, Dia Art Foundation, which touches on the primacy of landscape and place for a generation of artists and individuals, including Dia's founders Heiner Friedrich and Philippa de Menil. To the German Language was originally presented as a video lecture in collaboration with Jeff Preiss at Dia Beacon in December 2011.