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Maria Bussmann / Jennifer Higgie

OK. oskar: book presentation | The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World
22 August 2023 / 7–9 pm CEST

Book presentation The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World by Jennifer Higgie (Great Britain/Australia) with Maria Bussmann (Germany/Austria)

Maria Bussmann is both an artist and a trained philosopher (PhD). Her works represent an insistent attempt to fathom the epistemological quality of her medium of drawing. Her subjects grow out of her trust in the generative force of philosophy and literature, as well as out of personal references such as temporary places of residence or current political discussions.
Since 2000, she has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, at the Institute of Art Theory, and a lecturer in Gender Studies. She also is experienced as curator.

Solo Exhibitions
2021 From Times to Times (with Othmar Eder), Gallery Basement, Vienna. Ungeheuerliche/ outrageous, Gallery Frewein, Vienna. 2019 Stilles Vergnügen/ quiet pleasures, Nordico Museum, Linz (AT). 2018 A Cappuccino for Herrn Adorno, Kunstverein Frankfurt/Oder (DE). 2016 either way, Gallery Frosch & Portmann, New York, NY (US). 2010 Long Beach, Graphic Cabinett, Secession, Vienna

Group exhibitions
2022 Nähe, Distanz und Ausweichchancen/ Closeness, distance and chance to escape, riesa-efau, Kulturform Dresden, Motorenhalle, Dresden (DE). 2021 50 Years Hilger, Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna. 2020 Fragile Schöpfung, Dom Museum, Vienna. 2018 Abenteuer Freihandzeichung /Adventure of Drawing, Vereinigung bildenden Künstler, Leipzig (DE). 2004 Museum of Modern Art, Cabinet des Dessins No1, St. Etienne (FR)

David Carrier, Philosophical Skepticism as the Subject of Art: Maria Bussmann’s Drawings, Bloomsbury Publishing House, London 2022
Maria Bussmann/ Sven Jürgensen, Liebe: Sophie, Briefe aus dem Lockdown über Schellings Freiheitsabhandlung, Passagen Verlag, Vienna 2021
Bilder für Hannah- ein Entstehungsprozess, in Sozialwissenschaftliche Rundschau AT: Hannah Arendt- interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, Heft 2/2021, Jg.61, Vienna 2021.
Maria Bussmann: Allerdings, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen, artist book, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 2018
Maria Bussmann: Long Beach, NY, artist book, Secession, Revolver Publishing, Berlin, 2010

Education including teaching experience
1987–93 Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg (DE) and Vienna
1999 Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Vienna and Univ. of Applied Arts, Vienna
2002–04 Visiting Scholar (Erwin-Schrödinger- Stipend, FWF) at the State University of New York, NY (US). SUNY at Stony Brook, member of the techno-science-research-group

Jennifer Higgie “I have had a 25-year career as a writer: as editor-in-chief of frieze magazine and, more recently, the editor of The Annual,published by the National Gallery of Australia. I am now a full-time writer who has published books, written for numerous magazines, newspapers and artist’s catalogues and hosted a podcast; I also write screenplays. I am passionate about the role of writing in relation to art and will urge students – in whatever direction they want to go – to respond to artworks with an equivalent imaginative flourish.”

The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2023.  Containers for My Feelings: Judy Chicago and Abstraction”, essay for the catalogue accompanying the Judy Chicago retrospective at the New Museum, New York, USA, late 2023. “60 Thoughts on Thin Skin”, essay for the catalogue accompanying the show of 35 painters titled Thin Skin that I have curated for the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, July 2023. Disobedient Objects: Recent work by Lubna Chowdhary”, essay for a monograph published on the work of Lubna Chowdhary for the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, 2023. The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resistance, 500 Years of Women’s Self-portraits,Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2021.

Education and teaching experience
2022 Two-week writing course at the Salzburg Summer Academy.
2016 - 2018 Course for Frieze Academy ‘How to Write About Art’.
1996 BA (Visual Art), Canberra School of Art, Australia (majored in painting)
1991 MA (Visual Art), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University.

“I have taught or have given talks at art schools in London including The Royal College, Goldsmiths, The Slade School of Fine Art, The Royal Academy and Sotheby’s".