Rita Ackermann
Hungarian, born 1968
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Rita Ackermann. Turning Air Blue,
Hauser & Wirth
Rita Ackermann: KLINE RAPE,
Hauser & Wirth
Mana Exposition,
Mana Contemporary

Rita Ackermann first achieved recognition for her depictions of almond-eyed girls idling in states of undress, a Gauguin-like take on New York's 1990s downtown culture. Ackermann's paintings, drawings, and collages combine Neo-Expressionism with figure drawing, deploying ballpoint ink and spray paint atop oil and acrylic to yield congested, luridly colored surfaces. Ackermann's 2008 series "Don't Give Me Salad (Nurses)" references Richard Prince's well-known paintings, but with her own pulp novel take on females straddling fragility and violence.