Project Description

Emily Mason (b. 1932)
Thread, 1967
Oil on paper, 7 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Collection of the Artist
Courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery, NY, and LewAllen Galleries, NM
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Color | Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason

May 11 through September 8

Emily Mason is one of the great abstract painters.  For more than sixty years Emily Mason has been creating lyrical abstractions on canvas and paper, where strong gestural marks contrast with delicate washes of color and spontaneous splashes and drips. Mason attended Bennington College from 1950 to 1952 before immersing herself in the vibrant art scene of 1950s New York City. Color|Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason traces the development of the artist’s distinctive style of abstraction through paintings on paper created in the 1950s and 1960s, at once brilliant in color, bold in conception, and intimate in scale.

Related Event:
Saturday May 11 – Community Day
Free Admission for everyone. Eileen Travell, Senior Photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC and Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin offer an insider look through their gallery talk for Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport. This is followed by hands-on, hand-coloring activity for all. At 3:00 pm join us as we celebrate the opening of Color I Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason on view in the Works on Paper Gallery May 11 through September 8.