Betty Woodman at Salon 94 Freemans

May 7th, 2013

For more than 50 years, the work of Betty Woodman has pivoted around the subject of the vase like an axis. She once again returns to the use and representation of vessels in her hybrid painting-sculpture ceramic pieces.

With the splashy bright color and curvaceous line she is known for, Woodman presents a theatrical vision of home, courtyard and garden. Her installation at Salon 94 Freemans divides the gallery into ideas about “inside” and “outside”. One side of a wall contains vases, figures, shells and bouquets, where the flowers too are rendered in glazed ceramic. A small, flat silhouette in the shape of a vessel is painted on one side with a nude female Venus figure, and on the other side with abstract patterns in washy colors—a careful method with a quick look inherited from Modern painting masters. This is the home’s interior, defined here as a place for the presentation and display of objects and vessels.

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