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"Grace Knowlton: A Two-part Exhibition"
2002-05-26 until 2002-08-18
Neuberger Museum of Art
From May 26 through August 18, 2002 the Neuberger Museum of Art will feature Grace Knowlton, a two-part exhibition that features a selection of oil paintings and sculptural spheres installed in the Neuberger Klein Family Gallery and in the Center Gallery Courtyard.
The recent paintings, which are executed in Knowlton’s signature gestural and abstract style, reflect silhouettes of various furnishings intersecting corners in her studio and other rooms in her home in the Palisades on the west bank of the Hudson River
In these works, Knowlton’s line is boldly marked on softly toned four-panel canvases to create energetic and quirky abstractions that recall the automatic writing of Surrealists and first generation Abstract Expressionists.
The artist’s spheres are loosely composed from white sheets of pliable materials glued and taped together to hold images of Knowlton’s photography, which she has applied to the surface in a photo-transfer process.
Knowlton began her career as a painter in the 1960s. After her move to New York, she set up a studio in a coal bin and began making increasingly three-dimensional paintings. Since then, she has traveled freely through various art forms, methods and materials. While pregnant, Knowlton became fascinated with sealing space inside clay forms, beginning her love affair with the sphere. When she resumed painting, she used her spherical
surfaces as canvases, gradually opening up the spheres, flattening them into shards, and returning them to the wall as paintings.
Grace Knowlton holds a BA degree in Art from Smith College and a Master of Arts in Art and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the country. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; and Jacksonville Art Museum, FL.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government, and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art.