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Maggi Brown: 1988-2021

September 10, 2022 – October 15, 2022

“Alive as a hive of bees yet sometimes serene, Brown’s paintings are like communities of marks. Like people, the marks work for and against one another. They accumulate baggage. They accrue into something larger than themselves.” (Cate McQuaid)

Maggi Brown and Krakow Witkin Gallery celebrate 35 years of working together with a survey of paintings from 1988 to 2021. The exhibition presents Brown’s loosely rendered geometric patterns, fields of curvelinear strokes, abstracted “writing” and other repeated marks. While these painted and carved gestures are quite significant, Brown has always felt confident covering over or even painstakingly scraping away layers of masterfully applied pigment. She selectively adds, obfuscates and/or removes both small and large areas. The various sections become equal, with the ‘history’ brought to the same level as the newest (top) layers.  As important as this scraping is how Brown engages a sense of illumination. What can seem like glare (from ambient light) or a shadow (cast from within a room onto the painting) is often a subtle but confident change to the paint’s tints and/or tones, thus creating gritty devotions to ethereality. For Brown, the time to make the painting, the time ‘depicted’ within it and the time it takes a viewer to comprehend the physical and imagistic aspects of the work are all equally important. This exhibition presents the opportunity for the viewer to see this not only within individual works but on a macro (35+ years) scale.

“In a broad sense, I am interested in the connection between things which are opposed, what they have in common, and what kind of visual statement they make when combined. For me, all art that is meaningful deals in multifarious ways with the reconciliation of opposites.”  (Maggi Brown)

Works In Exhibition

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Lead Painting with Numbers

Maggi Brown Lead Painting with Numbers 1993 Oil on canvas

54 x 50 1/4 inches  (137.2 x 127.6 cm)
Signed on reverse
(Inventory #34118)

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Dafu Diptych

Maggi Brown Dafu Diptych 1991 Monotype on two sheets of paper

Paper size: 39 x 24 inches each (99 x 61 cm each)
Overall size: 39 x 48 inches (99 x 122 cm)
Frame size: 43 x 52 inches (109 x 132 cm)
Signed and dated lower left on left sheet; Titled lower right on right sheet
(Inventory #33662)

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Pale Painting with Black Borders

Maggi Brown Pale Painting with Black Borders 2002 Oil on canvas

60 1/8 x 54 1/8 inches (152.7 x 137.5 cm)
Signed on reverse
(Inventory #14313)

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and Lo…

Maggi Brown and Lo… 1988 Mixed media on paper

Image/paper size: 55 x 40 inches (139.7 x 101.6 cm)
Frame size: 61 1/4 x 46 1/4 inches (155.6 x 117.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right
(Inventory #34120)

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Lead Painting with Strings

Maggi Brown Lead Painting with Strings 1993 Oil on canvas with strings

28 x 32 1/8 inches (71.1 x 81.6 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #7482)

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Blue Center

Maggi Brown Blue Center 2005 Oil on canvas

46 x 48 inches  (117 x 122 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on reverse
(Inventory #17633)

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Departure

Maggi Brown Departure 2012 Oil on canvas

26 x 28 1/8 inches (66 x 71.4 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on reverse
(Inventory #25401)

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White One/Glow

Maggi Brown White One/Glow 2002 Oil on canvas in two parts

56 x 51 3/4 inches each  (142.2 x 131.4 cm each)
Signed on reverse on each
(Inventory #34122)

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That Spring

Maggi Brown That Spring 1993 Oil on canvas in three parts

Overall size: 20 x 42 inches (50.8 x 106.7 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse on each canvas
(Inventory #33660)

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Pale Painting with Dark Traces

Maggi Brown Pale Painting with Dark Traces 2021 Oil on canvas

19 x 20 inches (48.3 x 50.8 cm)
Signed on reverse
(Inventory #34121)

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