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So I decided to let myself go and become a kind of hedonist, to enjoy painting again, loose painting. ” Blaine experienced that same sense of excitement when she came in contact with natural light in Mexico, the Caribbean islands, and Greece. Increasingly Blaine’s work was becoming more figurative. ” Her subjects—floral bouquets, rooftops, and sun-drenched interiors—were considered unusual choices for a modernist, who was supposed to discard anything too conventional or pretty. ” In 1959, having been recognized as one of the leading new “painterly realists,” Blaine had several well-received solo shows at New York’s Poindexter Gallery.

Over a 55-year period, she would have a dozen more individual shows at that venue. She also participated in numerous group exhibitions ranging from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1936 Biennial to the 1940 New York World’s Fair. Bishop’s paintings and drawings are represented in the permanent collections of more than 70 prestigious museums, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. There have also been two major retrospectives of her work: at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1974 and, a year later, at the Whitney Museum in New York.

7–8. — C. K. ጦ BASCOM, RUTH HENSHAW MILES (Aunt Ruth) (1772–1848) Folk Artist Jennifer Bartlett, an innovative mixed-media painter, sculptor, and printmaker (Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) familiar iconography of houses, trees, and domestic rites: playful monsters. The recipient of the 1983 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award and the 1986 American Institute of Architects Award, Bartlett is represented in prestigious permanent collections such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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