REBECCA MORRIS | Untitled (#14-19)

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Untitled (#14-19), 2019
Oil on canvas
79 x 79 in


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Rebecca Morris, Bortolami Gallery, New York, 2020

Rebecca Morris (b. 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii) has spent the past two decades of her distinguished career expanding her own personal and idiosyncratic vernacular of abstraction. Morris' paintings often include organic shapes separated by jagged borders, a constellation of pigments which recall maps or aerial landscapes. Oils are thinned to the point of watercolor and judiciously applied from above. Morris positions her large canvases face up on the floor so that the thin paints do not drip right off the surface.

The artist's distinct and constantly evolving motifs include step patterns, checkerboards, stylized grids and overlapping hook shapes the artist refers to as “lobster claws,” a nod to her upbringing in Connecticut and appreciation for maritime iconography. These different typologies of paintings are sometimes combined to make hybrid works.

Rebecca Morris has been the subject of significant solo exhibitions at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2019) and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Holland (2014) as well as presentations at Made in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016), the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014) and The Renaissance Society (2005). Her next museum exhibition will be a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Other solo shows include those at 356 Mission Rd., Los Angeles and LAXART, Los Angeles. Her work is in various public collections which include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL.