Maria Bussmann’s elusive drawings acknowledge the impossibility of fixing philosophical terms in imagery, like bugs in amber.
The first painting I saw in 2016 was “Cockman Always Rises Orange” (2015): we can’t say we weren’t warned.
I first saw Maria Bussmann’s work in a group exhibition at the James Nicholson Gallery in 2005, where she showed two very different sets of drawings.
Simultaneously confounding and illuminating, The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center is a puzzle within a puzzle, a conceptual stunt that raises sticky questions about curatorial responsibility and the structuring of aesthetic experience.
Maria Bussmann is an artist whose work is rarely seen in this country, and so her compact new show of seven large drawings and twenty-four small ones at NYU’s Deutsches Haus represents a notable opportunity to catch a glimpse of her singular sensibility.