(American, b. 1929)
Oil on Canvas
30 x 45 Inches
Signed Verso, "Nancy Genn"
Additionally Titled Verso "Luminous Sea"
A substantial oil abstract comprising rectangular areas of scumbled blues behind a trapezoidal block of cream and ivory calligraphic surface-patterning. A work that derives its dynamic quality not only from the artist's relaxed and lyrical sense of color and form, but from her unique re-imagining of the structural foundation. "...Genn's work reflect her own sharp and appreciative eye for detail in both natural and architectural settings. Shape, texture, line, light and color are all balanced and considered not as merely descriptive flourishes, but as essential, striking forces themselves.The works cohere at a point between abstraction and representation -- the titles evoke a sense of place rather than specify its absolute parameters, the pieces, which may include calligraphy, pencils marks, bits of an architect's topographical map and Persian script, allude to a narrative while refusing to tell only one tale. Her abstraction provoke visceral responses -- they are reminiscent of landscapes, seascapes or cityscapes, but reach for something beyond a facade or blue horizon. The active visual fields draw the viewer in, allowing us to become part of her experience, as the experience simultaneously becomes our own."
Selected Solo Shows
2003 Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
1996 Harcourts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1987 Galleria 9, Bologna, Italy
1984 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York, NY
1980 Inoue Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1976 Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art, LA, CA
1971 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1963 M. H. De Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1960 California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1958 California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1957 California Painters, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1955 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA