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Pat Adams' Modernity

FOR OVER 20 YEARS Pat Adams has biennially exhibited paintings. Without yet emerging as an artist in the foreground of the critical literature, she has steadfastly built her reputation as an innovative abstractionist and as an inspirational teacher at Bennington College, where she has taught since 1964. While the full measure of her artistic accomplishment might not be taken for some time—she is now very much in mid-career—one can begin to perceive that her trajectory of achievement is as much a function of her “entrance”1 as of her sensibility, intelligence and talent.

“Modernism,” in its late romantic Abstract-Expressionist phase, provided the initial coordinates of Pat Adams’ vision, as plotted in her work of the early 1950s. Titles such as Night Song, Hearts Rush and The Kiss are indicative of the emotive impulse in these oils, as is the energetic brushwork that compartmentalizes the

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