Following the article that came out in The New York Times on September 24th, 2018 by Mary Gabriel, Want to Get Rich Buying Art? Invest in Women. More than ever, female artists are breaking sales records and being recognized for their role in important art movements (see NYTimes article below), Silas von Morisse is pleased to present in this Viewing Room, a selection of paintings by Frances Barth who is in the canon of historically significant women abstract painters working in New York since the 1970's.
Although Frances Barth’s painting practice may appear minimal at first glance, her formal vocabulary delivers a simple yet complex scheme; incongruent geometric shapes stand in contrast to one another on the vast radiant yellow landscape of Bowery Two (see above picture). The motionless triangular and quadrilateral shapes in dialogue with each other create a peculiar energy. Moreover, the asymmetrical configuration of the shapes suggests ambiguous relationships in the space they occupy. Barth’s composition presents an intricate visual field that allows figures of minimal agency to stand out through geometric configuration.
Frances Barth is a noted American artist and teacher. She makes abstract paintings and videos. Frances was born in the Bronx, in New York City, and studied painting at Hunter College. She has exhibited her paintings widely in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960’s, and her work is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, in NYC, The Dallas Museum of Art, TX, The Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo. Frances showed six of her paintings in the 2015 Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani in "Frontiers Reimagined". Her awards include The National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1974 and 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1995, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards in ’99 and ’04, the "Anonymous Was a Woman grant" in 2006, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2017. She is the Director Emeritus of the Mt.Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977.
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