© Mary Weatherford. Photo: Sarah Womble


river, 2019
Shellac ink on surface Gampi
10 in. x 22 1⁄4 in. / 25.4 cm. x 56.5 cm. (unframed)

Mary Weatherford is known for her fearless and physically embodied approach to painterly gesture, which have allowed her to employ abstraction as both a formal language and a poetic, highly personal mode of engagement with the world outside the studio. Her use of color and light is often based on direct experience of specific locations, as well as her memories of such experiences. More recently, Weatherford has approached a sense of place more broadly—as a theme or point of departure.

Beginning in 2020, Mary Weatherford will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition that will make its debut at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and travel to SITE Santa Fe. Other solo exhibitions include shows at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California (2014); Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University at Bakersfield, California (2012); and LAXART, Los Angeles (2012). She has been included in numerous survey and biennial exhibitions, including The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014). Her work features in the permanent collections of many museums, among them the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Weatherford lives and works in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of Mary Weatherford and Gagosian
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