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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Waltham, Massachusetts, Rose Art Museum, Katherine Porter: Paintings 1969-1984, May 5 – June 16, 1985
    Allston, Massachusetts, Sheffield van Buren & Katherine Porter: Paintings, curated by Sheffield van Buren, April 4 – May 31, 2013

  • Catalogue Essay

    Katherine Porter

    Born 1941, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    1963 BA Colorado College

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Greenville Museum of Art, South Carolina (2008); Danforth Museum of Art, Massachusetts (2007); Wigand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University, California (1992); Bowdoin College of Art, Maine (1991); University Art Gallery, SUNY, Albany (1987); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (1985); Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (1980); Whitney Biennial (1973, 1981); Worchester Museum of Art, Massachusetts (1973)
    Selected honors: Honorary Doctorate, Bowdoin College, Maine (1992); Honorary Doctorate, Colby College, Maine (1982)
    Selected public collections: Bowdoin College Museums of Art, Brunswick, Maine; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Denver Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

    An early work by Katherine Porter, this untitled painting from 1969 features structure and variations, stasis and dynamism. Within its alternating horizontal stripes of blue and pink are chevron shapes that establish a sense of directional movement. Upon closer inspection, we can note variations in Porter’s use of pattern and applications of paint. According to the artist: “My paintings are about chaos, constant changes, opposites, clashes, big movements in nature...I try to put everything into a picture. What you see is what you come up against in the world."


Charles Bridge

signed "PORTER" on the reverse
acrylic and oil on canvas
78 x 96 in. (198.1 x 243.8 cm.)
Executed in 1969.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019