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Maggi Brown

Barbara Krakow Gallery

Maggi Brown’s nine new canvases explore the possibilities of content in abstract painting. She based this series of fundamentally monochromatic canvases on Russian Orthodox icons, retaining their essential spirit and form while eliminating their figures and coloration. Her sensuously textured oils are dominated by quasi-architectonic arches and columnar lines. Brown’s own trademark checkerboard grids contradict the moody sublimity of the vaults and arches and provide the work with a mixture of styles that is decidedly post-Modern. These signature checkerboards are not kin to the perfect grids of Sherrie Levine’s appropriations, but are more related to Piet Mondrian’s early experiments in neoplasticism. Brown’s uneven grids are also hand-painted reflections on her own need for ordering within her painted worlds.

The darker paintings in this exhibition are most successful in their evocations

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