New York

Rita Ackermann

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Rita Ackermann is a painter who tends to put that talent in the service of a wider, more adventurous milieu-making activity, connecting with music, fashion, and other urban scenes in order to carry sensations from one place over into another, sometimes making us rediscover what painting is along the way. One example is The Deer Slayer, the shadow-puppet theater she produced in 1997. With live narration by Kim Gordon and music by members of the No Neck Blues Band, the show—combining painting and performance, improvised sound plus changing backdrops and the illuminated figures that moved across them—seemed to be making up a strange new language on the spot. Other memorable moments include performances by her band Angelblood, her stained-glass windows at the bar Max Fish and the New Museum, an early CD-ROM animation about a lonely girl in a bathroom, and the schizo makeup she once styled for

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