Rita Ackermann was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968. She studied at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, and moved to New York City to continue her studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. After establishing herself in the New York art scene during the 1990s, Ackermann moved to Texas in 1999, returning to New York two years later.

Rita Ackermann
On view March 16 – May 6, 2012

This survey exhibition of the Hungarian-born, New York-based artist examines Ackermann’s work throughout her career and the changes that occurred through her immersion into Western culture. Among the exhibition’s 48 works are several never-before-seen paintings, drawings, collages from 1993 to the present.

After studying at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Ackermann moved to New York City in the early 1990s, where she garnered acclaim for her drawings depicting the liberation of the female form. Inspired by literature, film, and philosophy, Ackermann has drawn extensively on her perspective as a European artist immersed in American cultural vernacular to create a diverse body of work that ranges from expressionism to abstraction. Her work frequently depicts American archetypes including nymphets, outlaws and matrons.

Early figurative paintings like Get A Job (1993) highlight Ackermann’s connection to Hungarian modernism, with its characteristic psychology, surrealism, and automatism. These works brought her immediate acclaim. Ackermann’s work is marked by abrupt changes in style and subject. Her next paintings were based on snapshots of her little brother, suggesting poses of male bravado. Because she was working from a photograph, she did not have to think about a subject; she could focus on the act of painting and her work became more abstract. Her work took a new direction with The Ugly Painting (1996-1997) and a series of ballpoint pen drawings of layered and juxtaposed images referencing war, which resemble collages…

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