The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by American artist, Lois Dodd to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 21 May – 27 November 2022. Known for creating intimate and deceptively simple, yet acutely observational paintings, this survey brings together approximately 50 works that span Dodd’s career from the late 1950s to paintings completed last year.
For decades, Dodd has painted views of her immediate, everyday surroundings at the places where she lives and works — the gardens and woods at her summer home in rural Mid-Coast Maine, landscapes around her weekend home in New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap, and views from the window of her New York City loft on the Lower East Side. Preferring to work quickly, Dodd’s paintings are usually completed in one sitting, are based on direct observations of her surroundings, and when possible, en plein air.
Dodd’s everyday subjects frequently include architectural details of her home, tumbling down clapboard barns, clotheslines, trees and woods, detailed closeups of plants and flowers, nocturnal moonlight skies and precise views framed by windows. Dodd returns to familiar subjects repeatedly at different times of the year and works with urgency to capture a specific time of day. Carefully composed and distilled to their essential elements, her paintings possess an underlying geometry, and become studies of color, light, shadow, and form.
Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1927. She studied at Cooper Union in New York from 1945 to 1948, where she studied art and textile design. In 1952 she was one of the five founding members of the legendary and influential Tanager Gallery, among the first artist-run cooperative galleries in New York. Since 1954 her work has been the subject of over fifty solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of museums throughout the United States and Europe including The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); The Morgan Library and Museum (New York, NY); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME); National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C); Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT); Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York, NY); Museo dell’Arte (Udine, Italy); and Kunstmuseum Den Haag (Netherlands), amongst others. Since the 1960s, Dodd has taught regularly including at Brooklyn College, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Dodd is an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, the National Academy of Design and is a Governor Emireta of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. At the age of 95, Dodd continues to paint, splitting her time living and working between Maine, New York City, and the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey.
Lois Dodd is represented by Alexandre Gallery, New York, where she has shown regularly for the past twenty years.
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