I still think about how Cézanne finds an edge, what that is, and how we see. That’s something that enters into my work: how we see, how we experience. Marina Adams, “In Conversation: Marina Adams with Alex Bacon,” Brooklyn Rail, May 2019
Marina Adams is a painter’s painter who looks to art history, poetry, and life for inspiration. In an Artforum review of Adams’s solo exhibition Anemones at Salon 94, Barry Schwabsky noted, “Color is just about everything in Adams’s work, and everything seems animated, in movement.” He also proclaims that the show “cemented her reputation as among the best abstract painters around.”
Here, in conjunction with FOCUS: Marina Adams, which features work from the past five years, Adams presents this special Being There: Tuesday Evenings with the Modern talk titled “Breath Notes.”
Marina Adams was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1960 and lives between New York and Parma, Italy. She earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and an MFA from Columbia University, New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Salon 94, New York; Galerie Gris, Hudson, New York; CUE Art Foundation, New York; and Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre, London; Lisson Gallery, New York; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; and The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey. She has also collaborated with poets, generating the publications Actualities with Norma Cole (Litmus Press, 2015), Taormina with Vincent Katz (Kayrock, 2012), The Tango with Leslie Scalapino (Granary Books, 2001), and Vue sur Mer with Christian Prigent (Gervais Jassaud, 2010). Adams received the Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
A video recording of this lecture will be available on the Modern's Youtube.