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 Madeleine Keesing  (1980s)

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Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
Madeleine Keesing developed her unique approach to the layered construction of minimalist paintings more than 30 years ago. In the intervening years, her style has evolved to become richer and more complex, especially upon close inspection, but her basic method of paint application?the careful positioning of minute droplets of paint in repetitive rows?has remained the same. Her work in the early 1990s introduced more color through the layering of two, three or more lines of variously colored paint. Though from a distance these paintings still appear to be largely monochromatic, from a closer perspective the thickly layered, superimposed rows of different colors create a vibrant sensory experience. Keesing's work is in the private collection of Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, as well as in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In describing her painting technique, Krens has written, "The physical quality of these regularly disposed drops has an overall three-dimensional quality, not unlike a delicate tapestry. Each droplet could be compared to the perfect knot of an ancient rug. Ms. Keesing applies her paint with the dedication and care of both a medieval weaver and a manuscript illuminator." Also remarking on the "quasi-tantric quality" of Keesing's careful, labor-intensive approach, Krens has written: "Process and impact are merged, the mind is almost suspended. Formal relativism gives way to cosmic resonance. At a very powerful moment of her career, Madeleine Keesing now seems to be engaged with a metaphysical meditation on system, color and texture?and process, in which the purely material experience is transcended by a meditative and contemplative one." Keesing was born in Woodbury, NJ. She attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from 1959 to 1963 and later graduated with a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She obtained her MFA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1974. Her work is in several museum collections including the Guggenheim's and has been shown in solo exhibitions around the country since her first solo show in a San Francisco gallery in 1970.

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