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"TRIO: Di Da Do - Current Work by 3 Female Artists"
2001-11-27 until 2001-12-12
Harbor Gallery, UMASS-Boston
Boston, MA, USA United States of America

TRIO: Di Da Do , curated by Mr.Ian Boyd, offers the viewer the newest trends in the international art world: Feminism, Senior Citizenry, Latina and Eastern Europa. Wokr featured in the exhibition is by Diana Monroy, a painter from Colombia; Dana Muresan, a sculptor from Romania; and Dorothy Arnold, a painter from Boston.

The TRIO Show not only presents the diverse geographical beginnings of these artists, but also lends itself to multi-generational study. Dorothy Arnold, a 77 year old painter, has achieved a wide international audience. She is immensely prolific. Her cloud-burst landscapes and elaborate mirror-imbedded abstracts are only the first few pages of her catalogue . A graduate of the Museum School, she has just embarked on a 3 year retrospective of her over 30 years of painting. Opened in Denmark this past September, the retrospective quickly gained a 5-star review in the Danish daily, Nordjyske Stiftstidende. With TRIO, UMASS-Boston offers a preview of her slated 2002 shows at the Huntington and Bakalar Galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art. Dorothy proves one can have a successful art career at any age.

Also showing is Dana Muresan, a 25 year old bronze and steel sculptor from Romania. A recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, her twisted amalgams of steel with bronze figures are being snatched up by top public collectors quick to identify rising talent. Of particular note Muresan is also Dorothy Arnold's studio assistant. The dialogue between these two alone is evident and rich. We, as the audience, rarely see the conversation between emerging artist and her top-level mentor. Will the audience see the cross-over in the work between the painter and her assistant, a sculptor in her own right?

Add into this mix the Latina perspective:

Diana Monroy, is a mid-career Colombian painter who embraces the human form. Her painter's palette is dabbled in oils of every chromatic scheme. Her figures are at once silent and obvious. Her work recalls Garcia-Marquez' rainforest where nature is not only ultimate but enchanted. This verdant world suddenly reveals the sublime only to at once take it away again. Monroy's figures embroiled inside fiery abstracts are canvases reminiscent of Color Field painters crossed with Judy Chicago. Her roots, el aire puro, the jungle, all are in her brushstroke. Further comments tremble with potential energy.  Imagine Monroy's duende considered beside Arnold's enamel paint and Muresan's forged steel.

- Sonja Clawson

Dorothy Arnold
enamel on paper

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