Judith Linhares, Cove, 2010, Oil on linen, 60 x 81 in., Image courtesy of the artist and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles/Seoul
Oil on linen
60 x 81 in.

Image courtesy of the artist and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles/Seoul

Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator

November 27 - April 3, 2022

Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator illuminates the wondrous world of Judith Linhares (b. 1940, California) and the abundance of influences that shape her artistic practice—from her time in the California Bay Area in the 1960s and 70s, to her studio space, to her dream journals, to other artists, five of whom Linhares has selected to include in the exhibition.

With multifarious inspirations, Linhares’ paintings present a single, coherent image through a synthesis of opposing elements: abstract and figurative, light and dark, conscious and unconscious. Her process begins by defining the space through strokes of complementary colors, what she defines as “moving light around the canvas.” Without pre-planned imagery, what often emerge are long-limbed, nude figures and wild animals amongst rugged terrain, existing in a kaleidoscope of colors and liberated from logic or expectation.
This unconstrained disposition correlates to Linhares’ experiences in the Bay Area, especially during the social and political awakening of the 1960s and 70s, which provided a fluid space where creative social circles overlapped. Linhares honors the importance of artists staying connected, in conversation with one another, through her curated portion of the exhibition featuring five artists: Bill Adams, Ellen Berkenblit, Karin Davie, Dona Nelson, and Mary Jo Vath.
Linhares earned her BFA and MFA degrees from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. She was included in the seminal exhibition “Bad Painting” at the New Museum, organized by Marcia Tucker. Linhares is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received multiple grants from the National Endowments for the Arts. Her work is held in many permanent collections, including the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
This exhibition is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

Gold Sponsor
Gerald and Sondra Biller

Silver Sponsors
Elaine and Bill Crouse
Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Logo
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Wil and Sally Hergenrader Endowment Fund
Dr. Eloise A. Werlin Endowment Fund
Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation Endowment Fund
Sally Yanowitz Endowment Fund