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Joanne Freeman

1954 United States

19 Works exhibited

Current location

New York City

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

Joanne Freeman is an American abstract painter who creates minimalist reductive paintings and works on paper, featuring hard edged abstract forms and bold, vivid, gestural markings. She lives and works in New York City.
 

Education

Freeman attended the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a B.S. in Fine Arts in 1976. She earned her M.A. in Studio Art from New York University in 1981. She has taught painting and drawing at NYU and The New School for Social Research and worked as a visiting artist and lecturer at The New York Studio School and the Massachusetts College of Art.


Technique

The American artist paints with gouache on Khadi, a handmade Indian paper fashioned from long fibered cotton. Her oeuvre is exemplified by vivid colors, geometric shapes, hard edge lines, and curved, gestural marks painted against white backgrounds. Freeman presents a reductive visual language that references urban symbols and signs, architectural patterns, and the interplay between shadow and light.

Freeman's process involves taping off areas to create hard edges, and combining those areas of control with spontaneous mark making. The scale of her works and the marks she creates are both dictated by the extent of her physical reach. The resulting images express physicality, emotion, limitation and randomness, combined with a precise, minimalist aesthetic.


Inspiration

Freeman is heavily influenced by the ideas of the Bauhaus School, which emphasized combining the ideas and techniques of art, architecture and design. She endeavors to present new forms in a simple way.

The artist also influenced by Mid-Century modern graphic design aesthetics. The hard edge look of many of her images references well-defined shadows created by sunlight on buildings. She's an admirer of the work of reductive artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Paul Feeley, and Kenneth Noland.


Collections

Her striking pieces are included in numerous corporate collections, including those of The Prudential, Readers Digest, and the University of Maine Museum of Art, and private collections including those of Gail Stavitsky, the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Montclair Art Museum, and Andy Summers, guitarist for the band The Police.


Exhibitions

Freeman has exhibited her amazing paintings extensively in galleries and museums, in solo and group exhibitions, throughout the US and internationally. The artist's solo show entitled Recent Paintings and Drawings was on display at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NY, in February 2016. Her art has been reviewed in ARTnews and The New York Observer.

 

Solo Exhibitions
 

2018  

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, My Generation, NY. NY.

2016

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts , NY. NY.

2015

490 Gallery, Brooklyn NY.

2013

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor M e.

2012

Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, Mass

2008

Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.

2005

Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.

2005

Au 9 Galerie D'art, Casablanca, Morocco

2004

Repetition & Change , Joanne Freeman, Gerri Rachins, Brant Gallery, Mass.College of Art , Boston , Mass.

1992

Bess Cutler Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

1991

Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.

1990

Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

1989

Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.

1988

The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY.

1986

Hudson Gallery, NY. NY.

1984

White Columns, NY. NY.

1981

Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NY. NY.


Group Exhibitions

2018 

Art on Paper, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Pier 36, NY. NY.

2017 

International Fine Print Dealers Association, NY. NY.

The 34th Annual Fine Print Fair, Cleveland, Ohio (juror's choice award)

Just Under 100, New Prints Summer 2017 International Print Center, NY.        

2016  

Art on Paper, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Pier 36, NY. NY.

Color, Shape and Form III , Gallery Gris, Hudson , NY

50 Shades of Red, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts , Amherst , Mass.

2015

Formal Aspects, Visual Dialogue in Structure , Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis , Mass.

A few Conversations About Color, dm c ontemporary NYC , NY.

Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery , Brooklyn, NY.

Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery , Brooklyn, NY.

2014

Familiar LIne , Key Projects, Queens , NY.

Color, Shape and Form, Galerie Gris, Hudson NY.

2013

Wit, The Painting Center, NY. NY. Curator: Joanne Freeman

2012

Maine, Bogart Salon, Bushwick, NY.

Instructors Show , The School House Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.

Paperazzi , Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2011

Paper , Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2010

Color - Time - Space, Rosenberg Gallery, Ca lkins Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead NY. Curators: Joanne Freeman and Kim Uchiyama

2009

Color - Time - Space , Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn NY. Curators: Joanne Freeman, Kim Uchiyama

Color - Time - Space , Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY. Curators: Joanne Freeman, Kim Uchiyama

2009

Drawing Atlas, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA .

2008

Drawing Atlas , Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.

Masur Museum of Art, Munro La.

Selections, Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.

2007

Summer Group Show, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.

2006

Neo Plastic Redux, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY. NY.

Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio TX.

Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn NY.

2005

Mod , Broadway Gallery, NY. NY.

Made in the USA, Pickled Art Gallery, Beijing , China

2001

History Lessons, Aramona Studio, NY. NY.

2000

One on One , Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Mass.

1992

Persistence of Painting, Varieties of Vision , Kohn Pederson, Fox Gallery, NY. NY.

1990

Auction for Action Act Up New York , Paula Cooper Gallery, NY. NY.

Benefit Auction , The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY. NY.

1989

Gallery Artists, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.

American Pie, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.

Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)

1988

Gold Show , Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY.

1986

Hudson Gallery, NY. NY

1985

Nite Show , Public Image Gallery, NY.

Shifting Views ,B.A.C.A. Downtown, Brooklyn, NY.

Update 84 - 85 , White Columns, NY. NY.

1984

Art Against Apartheid , ABC No Rio, NY. NY.

Four Artists, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, NY NY.

1983

Christminster Fine Art, NY. NY.

1982

Hot, Gracie Mansion Gallery, NY. NY.

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