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Hauser & Wirth at Art Cologne | Rita Ackermann. New Paintings | Press Release

Rita Ackermann. New Paintings

Hauser & Wirth at Art Cologne

11 - 14 April 2019
Preview: 10 April 2019
Hall 11.2, Booth A 20


At Art Cologne 2019, Hauser & Wirth dedicates its presentation to the Hungarian-born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann with a selection of new paintings from her Mama, Sister and Chalkboard series. The paintings on view evolve from bodies of works previously shown at Ackermann's solo exhibition 'Brother and Sister' at Hauser & Wirth Zürich earlier this year and continue to explore the artist's manifestations of movement, line and gesture.

Throughout her practice, Rita Ackermann has interrogated the boundaries of figuration in contemporary painting and has sought to blur the lines between formal representation and abstraction. The artist's ghost-like compositions are achieved through sweeping, determined gestures of drawing, painting and erasing, wherein figures rise to the surface only to dissolve again. From her early figurative works made in the 1990s to her recently acclaimed series on view in Cologne, the artist has continued to deconstruct and reconsider the limitations of the figurative line.

The selection of new works includes the artist's Mama and Sister paintings; abstract renderings of characters which take personal subject matter as a point of departure. The abstractions reach new heights in Ackermann's Mama paintings, as she obscures her various pencil-drawn figures through thick swatches of brightly coloured oil paint. A continuation of the artist's signature Chalkboard paintings are also on view, which depict figures drawn from chalk shifting in and out of sight on the green primed canvas. Ackermann's exploration of the accumulation and deletion of line charges her paintings with a powerful rhythm, which moves with varying momentum across the works' surfaces.

Rita Ackermann on 'New Paintings'
Drawings are like veins; blood vessels leading to the heart…I do not know if life is forever, but I know I make paintings to live. Therefore, I must deconstruct the contours of the figure…Erased, blurred boundaries, no limits. Automatical drawings of the Dada games gave the line to the blind. The lines of the unconsciousness which lead to the unknown. Over and over re-addressing the line to blindly find the contour. Through the lines there is a flow, fast and slow, always with a different speed. Without mastering humility, it is not possible for me to obtain the vertical mobility needed to illuminate new boundaries in painting. And what I hope for my paintings is that they think themselves into existence.

About the artist
Rita Ackermann was born in 1968 in Budapest, Hungary. She currently lives and works in New York. Ackermann's recent solo exhibitions include: 'Brother and Sister', Hauser & Wirth Zürich (2019), 'Movements as Monuments', La Triennale di Milano, Italy (2018); 'Turning Air Blue', Hauser & Wirth Somerset, England (2017); 'KLINE RAPE', Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, NY (2016); 'The Aesthetic of Disappearance', Malmö Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden (2016); 'Chalkboard Paintings', Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Switzerland (2015); 'MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE-HAIR WASH', Sammlung Friedrichshof, Burgenland, Austria and Sammlung Friedrichshof Stadtraum, Vienna, Austria (2014); 'Negative Muscle', Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street, NY (2013); 'Fire by Days', Hauser & Wirth London, Piccadilly (2012); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami FL (2012); 'Bakos', Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (2011); and 'Rita Ackermann and Harmony Korine: ShadowFux', Swiss Institute, New York NY (2010).

Ackermann's work has also featured in numerous group presentations including 'Michael Jackson: On the Wall', National Portrait Gallery, London, England (2018); 'Tainted Love', Contort Moderne, Poitiers, France (2018); 'Transmissions: recreation- repetition', Paris, France (2015); 'Extreme Drawing: Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950' The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT, (2013); 'Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting', MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami FL (2013); 'Looking at Music: 3.0', Museum of Modern Art, New York NY (2011); 'Inaugural Exhibition', New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, New York NY (2010); 'Street and Studio', Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2010) and 'Whitney Biennial', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY (2008).

Press contact:

Chloe Kinsman
mailto:chloe@hauserwirth.com
+44 7780 904 011

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