22 April 2018 | Blouin Artinfo
“A comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Florentina Pakosta is soon to open at the Albertina to celebrate the artist’s birthday.
The solo show explores Pakosta’s incredible and inspiriting artistic career, throughout which she fought to stay true to her mind’s eye. Opening on May 20, 2018, the exhibition runs until late August 2018.
The large-scale retrospective marks the artist’s marks the artist’s 85th birthday.
Florentina Pakosta (born 1930, Vienna) was a painter and graphic artist who devoted herself to art against all resistance from the outside.
The exhibition showcases her oeuvre spanning her entire career — starting from the drawings and printed graphics produced at the beginning of her creative career, to the works from the later parts of her life.
In Pakosta’s initial works we see her reactions to discrimination against women in the art scene. Another highlight of her works is the focus concerning physiognomy and body language.
Again, in her 1980s series “Warenlandschaften und Menschenmassen” (Product Landscapes and Crowds of People), Pakosta lent expression to the disappearance of the subject.
In her 1960s drawings and printed graphics, Florentina Pakosta reacted to discrimination against women in the art scene. For centuries, male artists had portrayed women as objects or muses.
Pakosta consequently turned her gaze on men and proceeded to dissect their facial expressions and body language. Her satirical works attack patriarchal power structures by caricaturing male behavior and reversing traditional roles.
Self-portraits likewise play a central role in the oeuvre of Florentina Pakosta—showing her at times serious, then self-confident, then combative. In her series Warenlandschaften [Product Landscapes ] and Menschenmassen [Crowds of People], on the other hand, Pakosta lends expression to the disappearance of the subject in capitalism.
Pakosta’s mid-1980s output then gradually turns away from black-and-white, figurative painting in favor of an abstract visual language—and to this day, she has continued to create series of characteristic works comprised of geometric beams.
Later in her career, the artist once again turned to painting and has since been creating tricolored images of bar-like shapes, an ongoing series of works derived from experienced emotion.
This exhibition will be on view from May 20 through August 26, 2018, at the Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria