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Lived/Active: New York / Canada      Known for: undulating color bands-large scale

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Abstract painter Karin Davie was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1965. She received her BFA degree in 1987 from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, and an MFA in 1989 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Davie uses the stripe, popular for decades with geometric abstractionists, and turns it into an organic, active pattern. "I liked using something very familiar, like the stripe, that had been used in popular culture," says Davie. Also influenced by modernist choreographer Trisha Brown, Davie uses her entire body to create enormous canvases. She says, "It's like a dance, in a sense--the movement, the process, the image. But something else has to enter in, the moment you are making the painting."

Ken Johnson, reviewing Davie's work in The New York Times, writes, "Ms. Davie continues to do what made her known in the late 1990's, painting loopy abstractions in which wide, striated ribbons fill the canvases in undulating waves. Painted in intense high-contrast colors, the whirls seem to balloon into three-dimensional space and push against the rectangular edges of the canvases, threatening to explode from the confines of pictorial space."

Recent Karin Davie one-person exhibitions include:

1992 Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Feature, Inc., NYC, NY
1993 Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1994 Fawbush Gallery, NYC, NY
1996 Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX
1999 Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC, NY
White Cube, London, England
2002 Until Now, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2003 Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Some Karin Davie group exhibitions:

1991 Ornament, John Post Lee, NYC, NY
In Full Effect, White Columns, NYC, NY
1992 Ageometry, Michael Klein, Inc., NYC, NY
Abstraction, Amy Lipton Gallery, NYC, NY
Summer Invitational, Blum Helman Warehouse, NYC, NY
Collector's Choice of Emerging Artists, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Off Balance, Jason Rubell Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
The Radio Show: Unrealized Projects, Artists Space, NYC, NY
Ecstasy Shop, Dooley Le Callellaine, NYC, NY
1993 Jacqueline Humphries, Jessica Stockholder, Karin Davie, John Good Gallery, NYC, NY
Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, NYC, NY
Benefit Exhibition, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, NY
1994 The Division Between Breath and Air, Patrick Callery Gallery, NYC, NY
Again, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Promising Suspects, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Hunk, Jose Freire Fine Art, NYC, NY
Abstraction Tradition of Collecting in Miami, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Gallery Artists, Fawbush Gallery, NYC, NY
New York on Paper, Jim Schmidt Fine Art, St. Louis, MO
1995 Gallery Artists, Fawbush Gallery, NYC, NY
1996 Individuals on Paper, Devon Golden Fine Art Gallery, NYC, NY
Painting in an Expanding Field, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Landscape Reclaimed, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Works on Paper, Curt Marcus Gallery, NYC, NY
1997 New York/North York, Gallery of North York, North York, Canada
After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting Since 1970, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
1998 Projects 63: Karin Davie, Udomsak Krisanamis, Bruce Pearson, Fred Tomaselli, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY
Group Show, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Associations, NYC, NY
Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NYC, NY
1999 Girls' School, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, NY
At Century's End: The John P. Morrissey Collection of Nineties' Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
Ultra Buzz: Karin Davie, Peter Hopkins, Tom Moody, James Siena, Fred Tomaselli, Gallery of Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
Post-Hypnotic, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Post-Hypnotic, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2000 Post-Hypnotic, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Post-Hypnotic, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC, NY
Emotional Rescue: The Contemporary Art Project Collection, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Hypermental, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
New Work: Abstraction, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Post-Pop, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Group Show, Heland Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Hypermental, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Against the Wall: Painting Against the Grid, Surface, Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture, 48 Wall Street, NYC, NY

Reviews and articles about Karin Davies' work:

Braff, Phyllis, "Seven Artists with Bright Futures," The New York Times, September 13, 1992.
Pagel, David, "Davie's Abstraction Offers Treat for Mind - Not Eyes," Los Angeles Times, May 27, 1993.
Sussler, Betsy, "Karin Davie," Bomb, Summer 1994. Mac Adam, Barbara A., "Karin Davie," ARTnews, October 1994, p. 190.
Landi, Ann, "Generation Next," ARTnews 200, Summer 1997, pp. 28-40.
Tone, Lilian, and Anne Umland, "Projects 63: In Your Eye," MOMA Magazine, May 1998, pp. 10-12. (illus: "In Out, In Out 24/25," Cover, C).
Rubenstein, Raphael, "Nine Lives of Paintings," Art in America, September 1998, pp. 90-99. (illus. "Hysteric," Cover, p. 93, C).
Hoban, Phoebe, "The Mod Squad," New York Magazine, January 11, 1999, pp. 30-37. Adams, Brooks, "The New Wavy," Interview, March 1999, pp. 146-149, 174.
Smith, Roberta, "Karin Davie," The New York Times, April 23, 1999, p. E35. Schwabsky, Barry, "Karin Davie," ArtForum, September 1999, p. 166.
Kent, Sarah, "Karin Davie," Time Out London, January 31, 2001, p. 51.
Staff, "Karin Davie," British Vogue, February 2001, p. 37.
Valdez, Sarah, "Karin Davie," Paper, June 2002, p. 134.


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