Washington D.C.

Patrice Kehoe

Jones Troyer Fitzpatrick Gallery

The notion of the Washington Color School, as articulated by Clement Greenberg in the ’50s, benefited many Washington-area artists by distinguishing their work from that made in other locales, particularly New York. Establishing this artistic identity helped foster a self-confidence that allowed a number of artists to mature and gain exposure on the national scene. Recently, several local artists and writers have consciously attempted to revive the notion of a Washington school by focusing on the idea of an art of transcendence, yet, if in fact there is a discernible trend in Washington art at the moment, it is rather toward the sort of “organic abstraction” that characterizes the work of area artists like Tim Beard, Sharon Fishel, Darrell Dean, Robert Hite, and Patrice Kehoe,

Kehoe’s exhibition of 17 new paintings (all 1990) was one instance of what seems a growing phenomenon. Kehoe

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