Titles by Subject
Written by Rita Ackerman, Bonnie Clearwater, Harmony Korine, Felix Ensslin and John Kelsey
About This Book
A native of Hungary, Rita Ackermann moved to New York City in the mid-1990s. She arrived to find a culture (and art world) in transition: rave and zine culture was in full swing; collaborations between artists, musicians, and magazine and book publishers were pervasive; and the dawning of the Internet age was upon us. Within a few short months after settling in New York, the artist received widespread attention for her work, particularly a group of canvases populated with figures inspired by the cult German film We Children from Bahnhof Zoo about the heroin subculture of the 1970s. Her work forged a new visual language: paintings, drawings, and collages which telescoped between a virtuoso—and sometimes brutalistic—expressionism and taut, precise figurative drawing. Ackermann’s work explores the paradoxical relationship between fragility and violence, as she derives inspiration from literature, film, philosophy, and popular culture.
About the Author
Bonnie Clearwater is the director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Harmony Korine is a screenwriter, director, and author. John Kelsey is a New York City-based art writer. Felix Ensslin is a Berlin-based curator and writer. Josh Smith is an artist