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 Monique Johannet  (late 21st century)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: abstract painting, feminist issues

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1978 MFA in Painting, Queens College Graduate School of Art, CUNY, Flushing, NY
1975 BA with Honors in Painting, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


2012 Is It Something I Said?, Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA
2006 Spectrum Analysis, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 Picturing Words: Selected from the Boston Drawing Project,
 University Gallery at UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA
 Natural Response, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
2004 and everything nice, The Boston Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2003 The Boston Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2002 20/02, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Collage, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Ill.
1997 One Person Exhibition: Works on Paper, Cafe Gallery, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1996 Natural Immersion, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
1987 Young Talent, Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
 Queens College Alumni Show, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Small Works, Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
 Exhibit A, Brooklyn Federal Courthouse Show, Brooklyn, NY sponsored by The Organization of Independent Artists
 Water Plus Color Plus, Painting Space, P.S. 122, New York, NY
1984 Drawing Invitational, Inner Gallery, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
1983 One Person Exhibition: paintings; A Place Apart, Brooklyn, NY
1982 City / Sight, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
 30 New York City Painters, Houghton House Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
 8+1+1, A Place Apart, Brooklyn, NY
 A Glimpse, A Place Apart, Brooklyn, NY


1992 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council Grant
1988 Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA
1987 Vermont Studio School and Colony, Johnson, VT
 Critics Grant, Vermont Studio School and Colony, Johnson, VT
 Visiting Artist, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
1983 Emergency Materials Fund, the Committee for the Visual Arts, Inc., Artists Space, New York, NY

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The following text by Cate McQuaid is excerpted from The Boston Globe Theater & Art section, June 19, 2012, in an article titled "Review: Boston-area gallery exhibits"

Johannet takes inspiration (and borrows freely) from Roy Lichtenstein's paintings of comic-book girls made in the 1960s. With their tears and their peril, they struck a chord with Johannet, who writes in her artist's statement, "Lichtenstein's works provide me with a rich opportunity to get thoroughly confused about who's pining, who's painting, who's the seducer, who's the love object, who started it, which side I'm on."

She evidently wants to empower these girls, and does so with feminist snark in works such as "Battleground," in which a woman in a beret shoots a rifle, exclaiming, "Is my body still a battleground?"

But Johannet also movingly dissects the delirium and anguish of young love. A poor boy named Brad plays the object of love and hate throughout the show ? even though you might call the crisply beautiful young women in the paintings its objects of desire. In Drip, a blonde makes a painting joke: "Oh fooey, here comes Brad . . . where do I hide? He's such a drip!"

Brad has broken the heart of whatever young woman animates the spirit of this show. A two-part painting installation, "Bad Breakup/Boston Whaler," features small, bubbly circles of blue and black water with larger canvases that suggest disaster ? such as a pink thought bubble that reads "I don't care! I'd rather sink ? than call Brad for help!" Nearby hangs the disc of a life preserver, stamped "Brad is a Cad."

This all may seem like foolishness if you haven't weathered the fevers of adolescent romance. Frankly, it's a delight to see an artist take it so seriously. Like Locke, Johannet also charges the ramparts of sculpture. A Hole That Needs to Be Feeled is a white panel leaning against the wall with a pink-rimmed cartoon bubble cut out of it. The empty, baby blue bubble lies on the floor. That Brad! He's left a boy-sized hole in our girl's heart.

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