Born in 1954 - United States
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.
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NY. NY.
490 Gallery, Brooklyn NY.
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor Me.
Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, Mass
Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
Au 9 Galerie D'art, Casablanca, Morocco
Repetition & Change, Joanne Freeman, Gerri Rachins, Brant Gallery,
Mass.College of Art, Boston, Mass.
Bess Cutler Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY.
Hudson Gallery, NY. NY.
White Columns, NY. NY.
Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NY. NY.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Color, Shape and Form III, Gallery Gris, Hudson, NY.
50 Shades of Red, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
Formal Aspects, Visual Dialogue in Structure, Cape Cod Museum of Art,
A few Conversations About Color, dm contemporary NYC, NY.
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Familiar LIne, Key Projects, Queens, NY.
Color, Shape and Form, Galerie Gris, Hudson NY.
Wit, The Painting Center, NY. NY. Curator: Joanne Freeman
Maine, Bogart Salon, Bushwick, NY.
Instructors Show, The School House Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Paper, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Color-Time-Space, Rosenberg Gallery, Calkins Hall, Hofstra University,
Hempstead NY. Curators: Joanne Freeman and Kim Uchiyama
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
Drawing Atlas, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA.
Drawing Atlas, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.
Masur Museum of Art, Munro La.
Selections, Lohin Geduld Gallery NY. NY.
Summer Group Show, Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY. NY.
Neo Plastic Redux, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY. NY.
Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio TX.
Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn NY.
Mod, Broadway Gallery, NY. NY.
Made in the USA, Pickled Art Gallery, Beijing, China
History Lessons, Aramona Studio, NY. NY.
One on One, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Mass.
Persistence of Painting, Varieties of Vision, Kohn Pederson, Fox Gallery, NY. NY.
Auction for Action Act Up New York, Paula Cooper Gallery, NY. NY.
Benefit Auction, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY. NY.
Gallery Artists, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
American Pie, Bess Cutler Gallery, NY. NY.
Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
Gold Show, Minor Injury, Brooklyn, NY.
Hudson Gallery, NY. NY
Nite Show, Public Image Gallery, NY.
Shifting Views,B.A.C.A. Downtown, Brooklyn, NY.
Update 84-85, White Columns, NY. NY.
Art Against Apartheid, ABC No Rio, NY. NY.
Four Artists, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, NY NY.
Christminster Fine Art, NY. NY.
Hot, Gracie Mansion Gallery, NY. NY.
SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Richemont North American Inc.
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
University of Maine Museum of Art
Gail Stavitsky (Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Montclair Art
Michael Wollager (Architectural Digest)
Franklin D. Israel (Architect)
Andy Summers (Musician, the Police)
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