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Grace Hartigan: A Life in Painting

November 18, 2009 - January 9, 2010

The C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present GRACE HARTIGAN (1922-2008) A Life in Painting. The exhibition opens Wednesday, November 18th with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

The work in this exhibition will include paintings and works on paper from the 1950’s up to the most recent works created in 2007.  A catalog with an essay by Robert S. Mattison, author of the monograph “Grace Hartigan a painter’s world” will be available at the gallery.

Grace Hartigan, who was in the late 50’s and early 60’s “the most celebrated female painter in America,” according to LIFE Magazine, started her career along side the giants of Abstract Expressionism Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. With her bold, expressionist canvases she examined everyday American life in New York’s Lower East Side, “the vulgar and vital in modern American life” as she herself declared of her work. In 1956, at the Museum of Modern Art, Hartigan was the only woman included in Dorothy Miller’s exhibition titled “12 Americans” which brought her serious recognition in the art world.  In 1993, with her work included in the Hand-Painted Pop, American Art in Transition 1955-62 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, she is declared by critics as a pioneer of the Pop Art Movement.

Hartigan was New York’s gift to Baltimore. In the early 1960s, Hartigan moved to Baltimore and at the urging of Eugene Leake, then president of the Maryland Institute College of Art, became the director of the Hoffberger School of Painting Graduate Program at MICA where she continuously nurtured and mentored students up to her death in 2008. In 1979, Hartigan joined the C. Grimaldis Gallery where she has been exhibiting continuously ever since with 18 solo exhibitions and countless thematic and group shows. 

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