Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) was an Austrian artist. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during World War II. She was best known for known for her painted self-portraits characterized by fluid strokes of bright paint vividly suggesting the colour and texture of her own ageing skin, although the personas that she adopted were often extremely ambiguous. She was the first female artist to win the Grand Austrian State Prize (1988). She was awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale (2013). Lassnig’s work has been the focus of surveys at Hauser & Wirth, London (2017); Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York (2014); Halle für aktuelle Kunst, Hamburg, Germany (2013); Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2012); Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria (2012); Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2009); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (2009); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2008); Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany (2006); Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2005); Städelmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2004); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2003); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1994). Lassnig's work is held in the collection of the MOMA, New York.
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