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b. 1968, Hungary

Rita Ackermann Biography

The opposing impulses of creation and destruction mark the touchstone of the Hungarian-born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann's practice, which continues to evolve and manifest itself in the shift from representation to abstraction.

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Ackermann's compositions occupy a space between the figurative and the abstract, where human forms simultaneously disappear and re-emerge. In a series titled Chalkboard Paintings, large-scale compositions on canvas were primed with chalkboard paint, on which washes of white chalk and green and blue pigments were applied. These Abstract Expressionist-like works are reminiscent of actual chalkboards in a classroom, covered with unintentional erasures and marks, yet they have been conceptually executed by multiple deletions of figurative drawings and landscapes. By way of these gestures, the revenant outline of the erased drawings often emerges into the foreground. The final picture is a record of these movements.

Text courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Exhibition view: Rita Ackermann, Mama ‘20’, Hauser & Wirth, Zürich (12 September–18 December 2020). © Rita Ackermann. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jon Etter. 

Rita Ackermann Featured Artworks

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Mama Study 8 by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama Study 8, 2020Oil and China marker on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama, Kokoshka’s Hand by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, Kokoshka’s Hand, 2020Oil, acrylic, pigment, pastel and china marker on canvas
193 x 188 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama, The Best Is Always Yet to Come by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, The Best Is Always Yet to Come, 2020Oil, pigment, acrylic, china marker and oil crayon on canvas
190.5 x 165.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama, Backwards 7 by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, Backwards 7, 2020Oil, acrylic and china marker on canvas
190.5 x 165.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama, Let me in by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, Let me in, 2020Oil, acrylic and china marker on canvas
190.5 x 165.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama, Skirt on Fire by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, Skirt on Fire, 2020Oil, acrylic, pigment, and china marker on canvas
193 x 190.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Mama Study 3 by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama Study 3, 2020Oil and China marker on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
non-dairy creamer by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita Ackermannnon-dairy creamer, 2013Oil on vellum
136.5 x 91.4 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire

Rita Ackermann Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Rita Ackermann, Mama '20 at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
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12 September–18 December 2020 Rita Ackermann Mama '20 Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, ZurichZürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth, 22nd St, New York22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Stronger Than Language at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
Closed
11 June–5 July 2020 Group Exhibition Stronger Than Language Hauser & Wirth, St. MoritzSt. Moritz

Rita Ackermann Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz

Rita Ackermann In Related Press

Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event....

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