Rosemarie Trockel was born in 1952 in Schwerte, Germany. She studied painting in Cologne in the mid-70s, and had her debut show at Galerie Philomene Magers in Bonn, in 1983; since then, she has exhibited widely in Europe and North America, including in such major shows as the 1996 and 1999 Venice Biennales, the 1995 and 1999 Istanbul Biennials, and Documenta X. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at the Sammlung Goetz, Munich and the Kunsthalle, Hamburg. Trockel lives and works in Cologne.
Lynne Cooke has been curator at the Dia Center for the Arts since 1991. She has written and edited several volumes on contemporary art and has lectured widely on the topic throughout the world.