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Joanne Freeman

Born in 1954 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Joanne Freeman is an abstract painter who lives and works in New York. She does minimalist, reductive paintings and artworks on paper, with abstract shapes, neat contours and vivid, striking,and gestural marks. Freeman studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she obtained a Barchelors Degree in Fine Arts in 1976. She obtained a Masters degree in Fine arts from the New York University in 1981. She taught painting and drawing at the University of New York and at the New School for Social Research. She worked as artist and guest speaker at the New York studio School and at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Freeman is strongly influenced by the ideas of the Bauhaus School, which focus on the combination of ideas and techniques of art, architecture and design. She strives to represent new shapes in a simple way. She is also influenced by the aesthetics and the graphics of the last century. The neat contours found in several of her works represent the well-defined shadows created by the sunlight on the buildings. She admires the works of reducer artists such as Ellworth Kelly, Paul Feely and Kenneth Noland.

Freeman paints gouache on Khadi, an indian paper made by hand from long fibers of cotton. Her work is illustrated by bright colors, geometric shapes, neat lines and curved gestural marks painted on white backgrounds. Freeman creates a reducing visual language that represents urban symbols and signs, architectural models and the interaction of shadows and light.

Freeman's creative process consists on covering areas with adhesive tape to create sharp edges, and combine these controlled areas with spontaneous marks. The scale of her pieces and the marks that she does are all dictated by the extent of her physical scope. The resulting images express physical reality, emotion, limitation and chance, all this combined with a precise and minimalist aesthetic.

Freeman has exhibited her work a lot in galleries and museums, in solo and group exhibitions, in the United Stated and abroad. Her pieces are part of numerous corporate collections, including those at The Prudential, Readers Digest, and at the Museum of Art of the University of Maine, and private collection, including those of Gail Stavitsky, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum, and Andy Summers, fuitarist of the group, The Police.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2016
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NY. NY.
2015
490 Gallery, Brooklyn NY.
2013
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor Me.
2012
Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, Mass
2008
Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
2005
Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
2005
Au 9 Galerie D'art, Casablanca, Morocco
2004
Repetition & Change, Joanne Freeman, Gerri Rachins, Brant Gallery,
Mass.College of Art, Boston, Mass.
1992
Bess Cutler Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
1991
Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
1990
Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1989
Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
1988
The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY.
1986
Hudson Gallery, NY. NY.
1984
White Columns, NY. NY.
1981
Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NY. NY.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016
Color, Shape and Form III, Gallery Gris, Hudson, NY.
50 Shades of Red, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
Mass.
2015
Formal Aspects, Visual Dialogue in Structure, Cape Cod Museum of Art,
Dennis, Mass.
A few Conversations About Color, dm contemporary NYC, NY.
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2014
Familiar LIne, Key Projects, Queens, NY.
Color, Shape and Form, Galerie Gris, Hudson NY.
2013
Wit, The Painting Center, NY. NY. Curator: Joanne Freeman
2012
Maine, Bogart Salon, Bushwick, NY.
Instructors Show, The School House Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2011
Paper, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2010
Color-Time-Space, Rosenberg Gallery, Calkins Hall, Hofstra University,
Hempstead NY. Curators: Joanne Freeman and Kim Uchiyama
2009
Color-Time-Space, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn NY. Curators:
Joanne Freeman, Kim Uchiyama
Color-Time-Space, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY. Curators: Joanne
Freeman, Kim Uchiyama
2009
Drawing Atlas, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA.
2008
Drawing Atlas, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.
Masur Museum of Art, Munro La.
Selections, Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
2007
Summer Group Show, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.
2006
Neo Plastic Redux, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY. NY.
Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio TX.
Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn NY.
2005
Mod, Broadway Gallery, NY. NY.
Made in the USA, Pickled Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2001
History Lessons, Aramona Studio, NY. NY.
2000
One on One, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Mass.
1992
Persistence of Painting, Varieties of Vision, Kohn Pederson, Fox Gallery, NY. NY.
1990
Auction for Action Act Up New York, Paula Cooper Gallery, NY. NY.
Benefit Auction, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY. NY.
1989
Gallery Artists, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
American Pie, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
1988
Gold Show, Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY.
1986
Hudson Gallery, NY. NY
1985
Nite Show, Public Image Gallery, NY.
Shifting Views,B.A.C.A. Downtown, Brooklyn, NY.
Update 84-85, White Columns, NY. NY.
1984
Art Against Apartheid, ABC No Rio, NY. NY.
Four Artists, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, NY NY.
1983
Christminster Fine Art, NY. NY.
1982
Hot, Gracie Mansion Gallery, NY. NY.


SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Richemont North American Inc.
The Prudential
Nynex
Readers Digest


SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

University of Maine Museum of Art
Gail Stavitsky (Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Montclair Art
Museum)
Michael Wollager (Architectural Digest)
Franklin D. Israel (Architect)
Andy Summers (Musician, the Police)

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