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Laura Newman

Born: Cleveland, Ohio
Resides: Brooklyn, New York



Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2002 (upcoming March 2002)

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 2001

Tenri Gallery, New York, 1996

Victoria Munroe Gallery, New York

Selected Group

"Private Eye," Rutgers University, NJ

"Current Undercurrent," Pierogi 2000, The Brooklyn Museum, NY

"Andrew Keating, Laura Newman, Charles Yuen," Elizabeth Harris Gallery," NY

"Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-permanent Collection," The New Museum, NY

"Imaginary Beings," Exit Art, New York, NY


MacDowell Colony, Yaddo


Vassar College Research Foundation, 2001

New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Painting, 1996

American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1992

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting, 1981

Rome Prize Fellowship in Painting, The American Academy in Rome, 1980

Selected Publications

"Laura Newman," Judith Linhares, Bomb Magazine, Spring 2002 (upcoming)

"Subversive Pleasures, Painting's New Feminine Narrative," Mary Murphy, The New Art Examiner, March, 1997

Exhibition Review, Roberta Smith The New York Times, June 21, 1996


Graduate program, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, 1981

BFA Cooper Union, New York, 1974-8

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California


My current work consists of abstract scenes which verge on becoming landscape or interiors. Space is warped; color is saturated and flat; lines are active and almost three-dimensional. My paintings are simple. theatricalized places where geometry is heightened (a road in perspective is also a triangle). The scenes are reduced to sets, pressed against the picture plane, but at the same time imply a frictionless, vast landscape space. Suggestions of compression and restriction contrast with a sense of breaking free and soaring in thin air.

I situate the paintings at the point where form takes on meaning (when an arc can just as easily be read as a smiley face, for example.)

I am interested in abstract painting's ability to refer to things in the world, and to be equally understood as direct, formal experience; to expand the circulation of meaning.

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