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 Marjorie Minkin  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Part of a movement called "New New Painters," Marjorie Minkin is a self-styled independent and rejects many of the prevalent trends in contemporary art such as cultural criticism and questioning of gender and identity. The "New News" work with a confidence merely in the value and autonomy of aesthetic experience, and they are not afraid to explore their own soles. She, like the others in the movement, uses custom-made reflective paints and advanced gels.

The big introductory exhibition of the "New News" was at the Shippee Gallery in New York in the late 1980s.

Ken Carpenter, 'Artists Groups: What's New', "Art in America", July 1999

The following is from Christopher White with input and approval by the artist, Marjorie Minkin.

Marjorie Minkin is an abstract painter who uses acrylics, including the new, optically active, pigments. She paints not only on canvas, but also on heat formed units of Lexan (a clear polycarbonate material) which are evocative of the human torso and/or topographic maps.

Minkin received her B.A. in Philosophy and Studio Arts from Skidmore College in 1962, an M.A. in philosophy from Boston University in 1965, an advanced degree in counseling from Boston University in 1970, and Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate in Art from the Boston Museum School in 1977 and 1979. While the artist's current work goes well beyond the scope of "Formalist" abstract painting associated with the critic Clement Greenberg and artists such as Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, Minkin knew Greenberg, who appreciated her work and visited her studio on many occasions.

Minkin knows many abstract artists and benefits from regular exchanges with them in terms of studio visits, informal critiques and information sharing. Given Minkin's background in philosophy it is not surprising that she has made a number of trips to India and has also studied oriental calligraphy. The underlying concern of her work is with color, light and how we perceive light. Her use of a clear material on which to paint enables Minkin to make the effect of light being reflected, refracted and passing through the material a significant part of her art.

Minkin's art has been shown nationally and internationally, in both museum and gallery exhibitions. She was included in the traveling museum exhibition Abstract Art New England which appeared, among other venues, at the Danforth Museum in Framingham MA, and the Stamford Museum in Connecticut. Minkin has shown in group and solo exhibitions at such other galleries and museums as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the context of a group known as the "New New Painters" Minkin's work has been shown in many locations including; the Vero Beach Center for the Arts, the Ft. Lauderdale Museum, The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, The Flint Institute of Arts, Galerie Gerald Piltzer and Dambier Massett in Paris, Stadtische Galerie in Goppingen Germany, and Galleryism in Seoul South Korea.

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