Rita Ackermann: Vertical Vanish | Zeng Fanzhi

901 East 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Feb 02, 4 PM - 6 PM — ends Apr 30, 2023
Beginning 2 February, Hungarian-born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann will debut a new body of work at Hauser & Wirth’s Downtown Los Angeles Arts District complex. On view in the North Gallery, ‘Vertical Vanish,’ Ackermann’s first exhibition with the gallery on the West Coast, will unveil large scale gestural oil paintings that synthesize line, color and form.

Repeated figures and motifs emerge and then disappear again within fields of saturated color achieved through the artist’s actions – drawing, painting and erasing. Oil, china maker and acrylic are heavily worked into the surface of canvas and raw linen whereby figures are lost, lines are scraped away to reveal shattered compositions.

Ackermann’s latest works present a complex layering of visual language oscillating between abstraction and figuration into a subconscious unfolding of form.

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Hauser & Wirth’s Downtown Arts District location will host ‘Zeng Fanzhi,’ the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by the renowned Chinese artist, featuring a series of monumental, abstract landscapes presented harmoniously within the distinctive soaring space of the South Gallery.

Zeng Fanzhi’s intuitive approach to the canvas is evident in his bold, expressionistic abstractions evoking natural phenomena. Rendered with a dynamism and exquisite palette, these paintings echo the magnetism and perceptual impact of 20th century color field painting but with a distinctively 21st century aura. Heralding Zeng Fanzhi’s latest technical breakthroughs, the works on view initiate the artist’s use of bright, saturated fields of color to define a painting. A seemingly vast expanse of hues, closer inspection of each surface reveals a delicate interwoven palette of vivid pigments.

This exhibition marks the latest in Hauser & Wirth’s ongoing series of Los Angeles presentations conceived to introduce the city to the oeuvres of foremost international contemporary artists, further forging connections across geographical and cultural territories.