January 9 - March 5, 2011
895 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Thursday - Saturday, 10 - 4, by appointment
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Bay Area artist Amy Kaufman. This will be her seventh solo show with Traywick Contemporary. Accompanying the exhibition will be an illustrated catalog which includes an insightful essay by Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art at Colby College Museum, titled "Amy Kaufman's Pairings". An excerpt is quoted below:
For Willem de Kooning, content was "a glimpse of something." Kaufman, by contrast, practices a meditative rather than a momentary deployment of looking and sensing, a connoisseurship of visual and haptic experience. Her looking is absorptive; it gathers patterns, visual rhythms, textures, and colors. Art history is a source (Kaufman's recent painting, Monte Carlo, is inspired by a section of Max Beckmann's Dream of Monte Carlo), but her selective eye also takes in bits of nature and any object, common or rare, that captures and holds her attention. By repeating striped, curved, and knotted motifs, she generates singularities, differences of touch, color, and composition that materialize her perceptions. Kaufman works with a variety of supports -- stretched linen, various papers, and the occasional cigar box. Her colors are similarly diverse and derive from a wide range of media including pastel, oil paint, conté crayon, charcoal, and silverpoint. She also uses paper as color. This is evident in Double Prop, a drawing composed of two sheets of warm grey paper filled with a pair of flower-like clusters in two sanguine shades of conté. Alike but different, the drawn forms intermingle across the seam of the joined sheets, echoing the work's structure with makeshift elegance.
Amy Kaufman has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and across the country since receiving her fine arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; City of San Jose, CA; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; and United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Amy Kaufman: Recent Work
Essay by Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art at Colby College Museum
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