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Birgit Jürgenssen, Untitled, 1980, pencil, colored pencil, and oil crayon on paper, 15 1/2 x 20 1/2".

Birgit Jürgenssen

McCaffrey Fine Art | 23 East 67th Street

Birgit Jürgenssen, Untitled, 1980, pencil, colored pencil, and oil crayon on paper, 15 1/2 x 20 1/2".

Austrian-born feminist artist Birgit Jürgenssen produced a wide variety of work—paintings, photographs, performances, sculptures, collages, drawings, and clothing, among other forms and media—before her untimely death in 2003 at age fifty-four. Inspired by the writings of Sigmund Freud, her oeuvre features classically Surrealistic juxtapositions that allude to the associative operations of the unconscious, and often seems abuzz with psychosexual energy. Her work marries this interest in Freudian psychoanalysis to a political optimism—“between ‘waking and dreaming’ we can learn ‘seeing,’ and recognize ‘a tomorrow’ in the future,” she once wrote. This outlook manifested in a focus on uprooting sexism, a position that evolved partly in reaction to the milieu in her homeland when she attended art school in the 1960s, a decade marked by (mostly male) Viennese Actionism.

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