Night Café

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Pratt Manhattan Center, Dark Thoughts: Black Paintings, November 16 – December 12, 1981
    San Francisco, Modernism Gallery, 40 New York Artists, 1985
    Englewood, New Jersey, Recent Works: Kay WalkingStick and Patriciu Mateescu, Galleria Maray, September 1986
    Washington, DC, National Museum of the American Indian; Phoenix, The Heard Museum; Dayton Art Institute; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Tulsa, Gilcrease Art Museum; Montclair Art Museum, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, November 6, 2015 - June 17, 2018, p. 78
    New York, June Kelly Gallery, KAY WALKINGSTICK: Paintings from the 1970s-1980s, November 29, 2018 – January 15, 2019

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kay WalkingStick

    Born 1935, Syracuse, New York

    1959 BFA Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania
    1975 MFA Pratt Institute, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions: Dayton Art Institute, Ohio (2017); Heard Museum, Phoenix (2016); The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2015); Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey (2008, 2018); Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis (2003, 2010); Hillwood Art Museum of Long Island University, New York (1991); Carl N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis (1985); New Jersey State Museum, Trenton (1975)

    Selected honors: National Academy of Design, New York (2019); Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award, New York Foundation for the Arts (2018); Lee Krasner Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2011); National Honor Award for Achievement in the Arts, Women’s Caucus for Art (1996);

    Selected public collections: Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; Cherokee Heritage Foundation, Oklahoma; Denver Art Museum; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art


    Kay WalkingStick, a painter and member of the Cherokee nation, focuses on the American landscape and its metaphorical significance. The varied rendering of landscape in her art is the thread that weaves together the many painterly directions she has taken over the last fifty years. For the abstract Night Café, 1981, she worked with lines and arcs that resemble petroglyphic signs, exploring geometric forms as means of exploring deeper meanings about her identity. She developed this painting with acrylic and cold wax emulsion, mixing shells into its varied surface and thereby materially incorporating the natural world.

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Night Café

signed, titled and dated "#66 "Night Café" Kay WalkingStick 7-81" on the reverse
acrylic, saponified wax, modeling paste, and crushed seashells on canvas
56 x 56 x 4 1/4 in. (142.2 x 142.2 x 10.8 cm.)
Executed in 1981.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019