"An Eye Towards Abstraction"


DORR BOTHWELL: An Eye Towards Abstraction
January 10-February 14, 2004

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In a lifetime filled with creativity, DORR BOTHWELL (1902-2000) revealed a zest for living and an observant eye. This exhibit focuses upon works created between the 1920s and the 1950s, showing her innovative powers of representation as well as abstraction.

In the earliest paintings and drawings we present, evidence of her interest in structure and abstraction are seen. In Pensioner’s Row, Port Gamble, 1926 (both an oil on board and a pastel drawing), her rendering of the symmetrical cluster of small houses is depicted in simplified architectures and in strong - almost fauve colors. By the end of the 1920s, surreal elements crept into her work, both pensive and atmospheric (see Hostage of the Future, 1942 and Keepsake from Panama, 1949).

During her stint with the FAP in Los Angeles, Bothwell was introduced to color screenprinting. Our show highlights works in this medium that Bothwell created in the 1940s and 1950s. These prints, both figurative and abstract, are filled with eerie forms, surreal language, and COLORS, both bright and subdued. As examples, see Spectator Viewing a Tugboat, 1943, The Juggler, 1949 and Spanish Easter, 1950.

Her works have been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions, and are included in private and museum collections in the United States, Europe and South Africa.

Digital images available upon request

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