Maria Lassnig

November 19 - December 23, 2005

537 W 22nd Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Curated by Andrea Teschke
Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Vienna-based artist Maria Lassnig. This is the artist's second gallery show in New York since 1989.

Maria Lassnig is considered one of the most preeminent international artists today. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions since the early 1950s. She has become well known for her body-awareness
paintings, drawings for which she first started creating in 1948:

At first I called my body awareness "paintings", then "introspective" experiences; later on I did not call them anything at all after I had been ridiculed for claiming that my blobs and piles of color were "self portraits." I recommend my body awareness paintings as an ideal application of art because the subject matter can never be exhausted. I have only abandoned this "content" when outside events were stronger than I was, when I encountered love, death and oppression and had to submit to or revolt against something.1

For this exhibition, the artist selected a group of 11 paintings and 11 drawings, all of which feature the artist as her own model in different emotional and physical states. These pictures are not traditional self-portraits; instead they express the artist's inner awareness. Four paintings show the artist in different positions on crutches. Despite displaying a disability they are funny and grotesque because, according to Lassnig, "imperfections may be overcome through humor." The figures are painted on a white background with strong contours as in "Death and the Girl" which shows the artist dancing with a skeleton.

Numerous retrospectives have been devoted to Maria Lassnig's paintings and drawings, among them the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1994, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf in 1985, the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 1995, and the Museum of Modern Art, Ludwig Foundation, Vienna in 1999.

Maria Lassnig was born in Carinthia, Austria in 1919. She studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. After several stays in Paris in the 1950s and a 12-year residency in New York, she returned to Vienna in 1980 and represented Austria that same year at the Biennale di Venezia. Maria Lassnig received the renowned Max Beckmann award in 2004.

A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition with an essay by Robert Storr. The exhibition will open November 19, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and will be on view through December 23. For further information, please contact the gallery at 212-680-9467 or info@petzel.com.


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  • Maria Lassnig
Installation view
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
2005
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    Maria Lassnig
    Installation view
    Friedrich Petzel Gallery
    2005
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
17.25 x 23.5 inches
    2 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    17.25 x 23.5 inches
  • <i>Crutches</i>
2003
Pencil and watercolor on paper
17.25 x 23.5 inches
    3 / 22
    Crutches
    2003
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    17.25 x 23.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
17.25 x 23.5 inches
    4 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    17.25 x 23.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
19.5 x 27.5 inches
    5 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    19.5 x 27.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2003
Pencil on paper
23.5 x 17.25 inches
    6 / 22
    Untitled
    2003
    Pencil on paper
    23.5 x 17.25 inches
  • <i>Le Jeu du Destin</i>
1999
Oil on canvas
79.92 x 57.87 inches
    7 / 22
    Le Jeu du Destin
    1999
    Oil on canvas
    79.92 x 57.87 inches
  • <i>Der Tod und das Maedchen (Death and the Girl)</i>
1999
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 61.02 inches
    8 / 22
    Der Tod und das Maedchen (Death and the Girl)
    1999
    Oil on canvas
    78.74 x 61.02 inches
  • <i>Die Malerin (The Painter)</i>
2004
Oil on canvas
80.71 x 59.06 inches
    9 / 22
    Die Malerin (The Painter)
    2004
    Oil on canvas
    80.71 x 59.06 inches
  • <i>Die Bezwitscherte (The Betwittered)</i>
2000
Oil on canvas
81.1 x 59.06 inches
    10 / 22
    Die Bezwitscherte (The Betwittered)
    2000
    Oil on canvas
    81.1 x 59.06 inches
  • <i>Die Reiche Hirtin (The Rich Shepherdess)</i>
1999
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 59.06 inches
    11 / 22
    Die Reiche Hirtin (The Rich Shepherdess)
    1999
    Oil on canvas
    78.74 x 59.06 inches
  • <i>Die Oberen und die Unteren (The Superiors and The Inferiors) or (Those Above and Those Below)</i>
1997
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 59.06 inches
    12 / 22
    Die Oberen und die Unteren (The Superiors and The Inferiors) or (Those Above and Those Below)
    1997
    Oil on canvas
    78.74 x 59.06 inches
  • <i>Profitanskis</i>
2001
Oil on canvas
79.92 x 59.06 inches
    13 / 22
    Profitanskis
    2001
    Oil on canvas
    79.92 x 59.06 inches
  • <i>Krueckenscheide</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
23.5 x 17.25 inches
    14 / 22
    Krueckenscheide
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    23.5 x 17.25 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
17.25 x 23.5 inches
    15 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    17.25 x 23.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
19.5 x 27.5 inches
    16 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    19.5 x 27.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled</i>
2005
Pencil and watercolor on paper
17.25 x 23.5 inches
    17 / 22
    Untitled
    2005
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    17.25 x 23.5 inches
  • <i>Untitled (Diagonally on Two Crutches)</i>
2005
Oil on canvas
49.21 x 39.37 inches
    18 / 22
    Untitled (Diagonally on Two Crutches)
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    49.21 x 39.37 inches
  • <i>Untitled (Horizontally on Two Crutches)</i>
2005
Oil on canvas
49.21 x 39.37 inches
    19 / 22
    Untitled (Horizontally on Two Crutches)
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    49.21 x 39.37 inches
  • <i>Untitled (One Crutch)</i>
2005
Oil on canvas
49.21 x 39.37 inches
    20 / 22
    Untitled (One Crutch)
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    49.21 x 39.37 inches
  • <i>Untitled (Crutches, Broken Leg)</i>
2005
Oil on canvas
49.21 x 39.37 inches
    21 / 22
    Untitled (Crutches, Broken Leg)
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    49.21 x 39.37 inches
  • <i>Crutches 2003</i>
2003
Pencil and watercolor on paper
27.5 x 19.5 inches
    22 / 22
    Crutches 2003
    2003
    Pencil and watercolor on paper
    27.5 x 19.5 inches
Catalogues
Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig

Serpentine Gallery

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Essays by
Robert Storr, Ave Maria
Paul McCarthy, Flat Polite
Jennifer Higgie, Too Few Words.

Julia Peyton-Jones
Director, Serpentine Gallery and
Co-Director, Exhibitions & Programs

© 2008 König Books, London; Serpentine Gallery, London; the artist and the authors.

ISBN: 978-3-86560455-2