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Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001
Margaret Grimes: NEW WORK
Reception October 7th, 5-8pm
In her latest show at Blue Mountain Gallery, which opens on October 5th with a reception for the artist October 7th from 5-8, Margaret Grimes shows three large canvases and a series of small ones all depicting woods and thickets.
In these paintings light transforms the quotidian. Illuminated by the transient light of dawn or late afternoon, these paintings convey an urgency, a nostalgia for the present which speaks to the fragility of nature and our own mortality. “In art school,” Grimes says, “we were told to look at nature as if we were seeing it for the first time. Now we look at it as if we were seeing it for the last time; hence the need to meticulously observe. My desire is to find the abstract in the natural and by close observation of the intensity of individual moments approach the transcendent.”
“While woodlands and thickets, frequent subjects of her large canvases, enable Grimes to more or less adhere to the two dimensions of the modernist picture plane as the ostensible arena for her vigorous brushwork and succulent surfaces, they simultaneously suggest infinite depth and inner mystery as well. Such is the complexity that Grimes courts, which is thoroughly in keeping with the epic ambition of the physical scale of some of her paintings suggests.” (Ed McCormack, Gallery and Studio)
The paintings of Margaret Grimes have been exhibited in many museums and galleries including the National Academy of Design, the Philbrook Museum, the Queens Museum, the Ringling Museum, the Wilmington Center for Contemporary Art, the National Academy of Sciences, the Newport Museum, the Rahr-West Museum, and the Provincetown Art Association, Denise Bibro Gallery, Fischbach Gallery, Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery and Green Mountain Gallery. This is her fourteenth one-person show at Blue Mountain. Her work has been reviewed in many national and regional publications including Art in America, Gallery and Studio, Cover, The Boston Globe, and Art New England. She is the recipient of the Benjamin Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design and a lifetime appointment as a Distinguished Professor at Western Connecticut State University where she has been the coordinator of the MFA program since 2000.