Published by Hauser & Wirth Publishers. Text by Gianni Jetzer, Harmony Korine, Scott Griffin, Rita Ackermann
Rita Ackermann’s vibrant, large-scale Mama paintings layer drawings with applications and scrapings of impasto and oil stick, expressing complex histories and emotions. The immersive nature of the Mama suite is fully illustrated and expressed in this book, with a critical essay by Gianni Jetzer that explores and contextualizes Rita’s evolution as an artist and the significance of the Mama works, complementing filmmaker Harmony Korine’s fake interview with Ackermann and a tribute to the artist by Scott Griffin. The importance of Ackermann’s drawings in her painting practice is elucidated in a poem by the artist and seen in the book’s robust plate section, which features all of the Mama paintings made to date.
This tall, slim, concise volume--filled from front to back with full bleed images--collects recent collage work by the influential New York-based, Budapest-born artist, musician and performer Rita Ackermann--who is represented in New York by Andrea Rosen Gallery. Writing in The New York Times, Roberta Smith described the collage works thus: "Ms. Ackermann is equally at home with scissors or ballpoint pen; with finely rendered figures and poetic phrases or words and images clipped from newspapers and magazines; and with clogged compositions or spare ones. Women--as victors, victims or silent witnesses--appear in all situations." In this volume, installation shots and details but up against one another, drawing the viewer into a world of powerful female physicality. Ackermann's work was featured at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 15.75 in. / 40 pgs / 40 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/1/2008 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2008 p. 130
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714418TRADE List Price: $24.00 CDN $33.00