Barbara Takenaga

It's always hard to miss shows by artists you admire.  This seems truer than ever this fall.  Barbara Takenaga's solo exhibition curated by Guest Curator Debra Bricker Balken for Williams College Museum of Art was one of these shows. I can only hope it will travel; it should travel.

"The celestial sublime is Barbara Takenaga’s thing" was the first line of Ken Johnson's  NY Times review of Takenaga's exhibition at DC Moore Gallery. As if painting the universe was such a straightforward task. He goes on "These displays, however, are not viewed through the technologically assisted eyes of a scientist, but through the ecstatic, possibly pharmaceutically aided perceptions of hippie dreamer." The paintings are gorgeous and land me in the same unknown space that Terry Winters did in the 80's.  Much like Winter's the intricate labor-intensive nature of Takenaga's work becomes evident slowly, pleasurably and upon close inspection.  

Barbara Takenaga, Sphere/Horizon, 2012, Acrylic on linen

Barbara Takenaga, Nebraska Painting (rising), 2011, Acrylic on linen, 42 x 36

Installation View

Barbara Takenaga, Cepheid, 2003, Acrylic on wood panel, 42 x 36"


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