Laura OwensEssays by Russell Ferguson and Jennifer Gross, Forward by Pieranna Cavalchini. Introduction by Anne Hawley
64 pp., color illustrations & plates, hardcover, 2001.
American Laura Owens is among a select group of artists credited with the rebirth of painting. She has developed a style all her own, moving from landscape to abstraction with energetic thick brushstrokes, fanciful childlike doodles, or sophisticated fine line drawings. "Each painting can act as a question," she says, and, demonstrating a wide and imaginative range, she's constantly experimenting and changing her work. "Ultimately, you want to make the painting that you want to be with, not one that is constantly telling you everything it knows. Who wants to be with something or someone like that? It's more fun to be with someone who is willing to go out on a limb." This book was designed by Owens herself to accompany her exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner from May 31 – September 16, 2001. It includes, along with paintings from the show, new drawings made exclusively for the publication, as well as several textile works from the museum's collection that inspired her while she was an Artist-in-Residence in the Spring of 2000.