Xenia Hausner

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  • November 06, 2019

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Agent Provocateur, 2019, oil on Dibond, 65 x 54 inches
© Xenia Hausner, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New...

New York, NY – Forum Gallery, New York will present the first exhibition in the US in a decade of paintings by Austrian artist Xenia Hausner from November 14, 2019 to January 11, 2020. Since her introduction to American audiences in 2000, Xenia Hausner has exhibited extensively in Europe and China as well as New York and Los Angeles. The current exhibition of twelve striking new paintings precedes a solo retrospective exhibition for the Artist to be presented by The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria in April 2020.

In the paintings for this exhibition, Xenia Hausner explores the human condition of women today as she responds to the geopolitical issues of our time. Hausner captures the spirit and soul of her subjects as she probes their emotional and personal lives. The paintings are direct, dramatic and boldly expressive in their poignant narratives. Using striking color with confident, secure brushstroke, Hausner achieves a unique engagement in a highly personal way. With unflinching directness, she engages the viewer, drawing us in to her creative world. Her subjects confront us as they reveal themselves with open and palpable strength, often demanding that we seek out their points of inflection. To view a Xenia Hausner painting is a multi-layered experience that begins with an appreciation of the painting as a bold and colorful object and leads to a deep, ongoing engagement with the inner drama of the subjects. 

Xenia Hausner portrays the emotional lives of her subjects with strength and dexterity. They are passionate about love, desire, survival and making sense of life. Xenia Hausner offers insightful views into their hopes and dreams. In her paintings we are able to see, in a singular way, some of their past, much of their present, and a glimpse of their thoughts of the future.

Xenia Hausner began her working life as a stage designer in Vienna and since 1992, has devoted all of her time to easel painting. Forum Gallery introduced her work to the United States in 2000 and subsequently presented two exhibitions in New York and one in Los Angeles. Xenia Hausner has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Wien, Austria; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Käthe-Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany; The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; the Shanghai Art Museum and the Today Art Museum in China.

Hausner’s paintings are included in major museum collections throughout Europe, and three monographs have been published on the Artist’s work, two of which have appeared in English as well as German.

Xenia Hausner opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and will be on view through Saturday, January 11, 2020.


Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit 
www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/xenia-hausner to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on November 14, 2019 and will be on view through January 11, 2020. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm. A fully illustrated, 32-page color catalogue will be available from the gallery, featuring an essay by Jessa Crispin.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

Forum Gallery
475 Park Avenue
New York, New York
About Forum Gallery

Forum Gallery was founded in New York City in 1961 as a gallery of American figurative art. Among the first artists represented were Raphael Soyer, Chaim Gross, David Levine and Gregory Gillespie. The gallery was a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of America in 1962. From inception, Forum Gallery’s contemporary exhibition program has been augmented by mounting curated, thematic exhibitions of historic importance, in keeping with the gallery’s focus on humanism. Forum Gallery’s program expanded in the 1980’s, and the gallery soon represented the American artists William Beckman and Robert Cottingham as well as the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Today, in addition to these artists, Forum Gallery represents more than twenty American and European artists and estates, including the Spanish masters Cesar Galicia and Guillermo Munoz Vera. American artists whose work is now represented by Forum Gallery include Steven Assael, Tula Telfair, Linden Frederick, Alan Magee and Brian Rutenberg. Forum Gallery regularly exhibits at art fairs throughout the United States. The gallery exhibited at the inaugural edition of The Art Show (ADAA – Park Avenue Armory) and has since participated twenty times. An early exhibitor at the Chicago International Art Exposition at Navy Pier, Forum now exhibits at ExpoChicago annually. In 2000, Forum Gallery mounted an Odd Nerdrum exhibition at the FIAC in Paris, and today the gallery exhibits regularly at fairs in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Houston, Seattle and Chicago. A service business focused on customer satisfaction, Forum Gallery looks forward to every opportunity to assist collectors, experienced and new.

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