Kaufmann Repetto MilanoVia di Porta Tenaglia 7, 20121 Milano20121 MilanoItalia
From June 8, 2018
to Aug. 3, 2018
June 7, 2018
- 8 p.m.
kaufmann repetto presents a solo presentation by American artist, Alice Mackler.
Mackler was born in 1931 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Over the course of six-plus decades, she has developed a multidisciplinary body of artwork, including ceramics, painting, drawing, and collage. In 2013, at age eighty-two, Mackler presented her first solo exhibition at Kerry Schuss in New York. Her work has since received wide interest and support and has been a part of group exhibitions at numerous esteemed institutions and galleries, primarily in the United States.
Mackler’s works on view at kaufmann repetto Milan are emblematic of her ongoing inclination towards the female form. She has been quoted, “It is not intentional. I love being female.” Her lumpy, curvy ceramic sculptures are often stanced in a leaning position, as if in exaggerated contrapposto, defining an air of authority through their blobby and bold self-assuredness. The works exude a sense of attitude, confidence, and defiance; all of which are qualities that echo Mackler’s determination and dedication to her practice.
The selection of works on view, made between 2016-2018, coalesce in a type of quirky community that seems to simultaneously value individualized eccentricities and also a shared spirit within the celebration of these differences. The figures divulge their unique histories and cultural mediations in a way that reveals a collectively matriarchal experience. Mackler’s women are rooted in strong and stubborn dispositions that displace stereotypes of femininity and serve up the grit with which they are composed.