Maria Lassnig: Selves and Reciprocals

Maria Lassnig, Selbstporträt expressiv, 1945, oil on canvas (courtesy of the art
Maria Lassnig, Selbstporträt expressiv, 1945, oil on canvas (courtesy of the artist)

Paul D’Agostino reviews Maria Lassnig at MOMA PS1, New York, on view through September 1, 2014.

D’Agostino writes: "Through Lassnig’s aesthetic pursuit of what she called 'body awareness,' the depictive self that she 'is' or 'becomes,' and the manners and modes of self-ness she conveys, can also be intuited, by viewers, with reciprocity. ... From one tumultuous era to the next, in defiance of so many personal and formal odds, in several cities from Europe to the US, and in various mediums ... Lassnig worked. Hard. And thought. Hard. She asked incisive questions and made penetrating, sagacious suggestions. And her output is refreshingly, devastatingly great."