Maria Lassnig, "Don Juan d'Austria," 2001, oil on canvas, 78.74 x 59.06"
Maria Lassnig, "Assistance," 2008, oil on canvas, 78.74 x 59.06"
Maria Lassnig, "Optimisten/Optimists, 2009, oil on canvas, 78.74 x 59.06"
Maria Lassnig, "Schlafende/Sleepers,"2009, oil on canvas, 78.74 x 59.06"
In Time Out New York, Maria Lassnig's show at Friedrich Petzel was selected as a Critics' Pick for Best Painting this week. The exhibition comprises twelve paintings, created over the past four years, in which Lessnig continues her exploration of gender relationships and all their angst-ridden unruliness. The paintings blend the realism she mastered as a student and the spontaneity of automatic drawing. She has said that automatic drawing enables her to describe the body not as it is perceived from the outside but as it is experienced from the inside. Over the course of her long career, Lassnig, who is in her nineties, has embraced a number of styles, including Realism, Surrealism and Expressionism. In this show, the most recent paintings reveal that Lassnig may be turning in a more refined, less sensational direction.
"Maria Lassnig," Friedrich Petzel, New York, NY. Through December 22, 2010.
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