New York

Mary Joan Waid

G. W. Einstein

The relationship of reality to illusion remains a primary concern for Mary Joan Waid. It has continued to fascinate this New York artist for more than a decade now, and the works in her latest show make clear the deep philosophical undertones of her vision. These undertones first came through in the flower paintings she did in the ’70s and in the series of self-portraits and portraits that she began in 1980. While the group of recent paintings and pastels featured here can be considered a direct outgrowth of those earlier bodies of work, they represent a broadening of Waid’s thematic scope.

Fragments of flowers and faces still constitute the main motifs, but they are treated in a way that transcends the usual limitations of subject categories. For example, it does little justice to such paintings as Radiant Energy, Anticipation, Overlap, and Begonia Diadem, all 1986, to consider them as

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