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 Contemporary American Monotypes
The Chrysler Museum
Norfolk, Virginia
by Roger D. Clisby, Deputy Director/Chief Curator
September 19 through November 3, 1985

Nancy Friese is one of the younger artists represented in this exhibition. Having studied printmaking with Sylvia Lark at the University of California, Berkeley, she later worked with Gabor Peterdi at Yale. The lush landscapes call to mind Cezanne-like reinterpretations of romantic themes, as evidenced in Homage to Constable. This low church rendition of Constable's Salisbury Cathedral is filled with turbulent forms that appear to float on the surface of the paper. The monotype is heightened with gouache. Trees, clouds and bushes are painted with a combination of monotype and gouache, an opaque watercolor medium that serves to intensify as well as mollify the printed colors.

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