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Marcia Hafif, 43., (Far), 1964, acrylic on canvas, 66 7/8 × 78 3/4".

Marcia Hafif

Fergus McCaffrey

Marcia Hafif, 43., (Far), 1964, acrylic on canvas, 66 7/8 × 78 3/4".

American abstract women painters were out in full force in New York this spring, from the bold engagement with Minimalism by the young artist Nathlie Provosty in a knockout show at Nathalie Karg Gallery to the impressive five-decade mini-survey of Lee Krasner at Robert Miller Gallery. Patient amid this bounty is a painter’s painter, Marcia Hafif, in an exhibition dedicated to a group of works she made during an eight-year sabbatical in Rome in the 1960s, where she lived off a monthly stipend of $150 from her recent divorce and created a distinctive brand of “Pop Minimal” abstraction. Her art from this period remained in storage in Europe until 2001, and this is the first time the fifty-some paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the US. Don’t miss it.

Hafif is now in her late eighties and still painting prolifically. If her recent monochromes (shown in 2015 in New York) take

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