06.07.2024 - 09.22.2024
Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth (b. 1940, Vienna) has, over the course of six decades, developed a unique abstract vocabulary grounded in the physical world. Her close observations of the human form, animals, landscapes, and art historical references along with extensive travel around the world have informed her paintings and watercolors. Jungwirth’s energetic paintings are decidedly non-conformist in style, and are made on unexpected supports, such as cardboard, old city maps, accounting books, or brown paper. The artist’s paintings evoke a sense of spontaneity through their erratic forms and intense colors. Her intuitive approach to markmaking has often been described as the bridge between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel.
This survey exhibition presents Jungwirth’s work from the mid–1970’s through the present including a substantial selection of watercolors and oil paintings on paper, canvas, and cardboard. Accompanying the paintings will be four artist books. The exhibition will conclude with new pieces that the artist is making this year thereby encompassing 50 years of remarkable production. For the first time since 1966, when she was awarded the Joan Miró Award, the artist’s work will be shown in Spain.
Martha Jungwirth is regarded as the most important Austrian representative of the generation between the Viennese Actionists and Franz West. Her sustained dedication to exploring the materiality of paint, freedom of expression, perception, and gesture has resulted in critical contributions to the history of abstraction and to contemporary painting more generally.
Galleries: 205, 206, 207 and 209
Curator: Lekha Hileman Waitoller
Untitled (Maja III), 2022
Oil on paper on canvas
264.9 x 226.8 x 2.7
Alkar Contemporary Collection (ACC), Bilbao