Judy Keene: Color Search | Craven Allen Gallery | Arts | Indy Week


Judy Keene: Color Search

When: March 11-May 6 2017

This is the first significant showcase of Durham-based painter Judy Keene's work, but it's undergirded by her long background in museums and galleries and her basis in art history. Primarily working in oil on linen canvases, Keene brushes and knifes opaque and transparent forms of varying thicknesses into earthily textured, evanescent crags. Keene mingles the influence of abstract impressionist color-field painters—some of whom, like Keene, studied with Shirley Blum, including Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly—with a cool patina of Old Masterly precision. Keene's abstractions abut the border of the real; her Canyon Series (pictured) harks back to her travels through the American West as a child in the 1950s, with her mother and father, whose work as a prospector fed an abiding geological interest. After this opening reception, the exhibit runs through the sixth of May. —Brian Howe

Price: free

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