DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE | W.I.M.P. #2
By Women For Tomorrow's Women: A Benefit Auction For Miss Porter's School
41 by 32 in. (104.1 by 81.3 cm.)
Executed in 1999, this work is artist's proof number 3, from an edition of 39, plus 8 artist's proofs.
This work is in excellent condition overall. There are no apparent surface scratches or accretions. The edges are deckled. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Dorothea Rockburne was born in 1931 in Montreal, Canada. She trained as a painter before moving to the United States to attend Black Mountain College in North Carolina where she studied under Merce Cunningham, Max Dehn and John Cage. Her works are based on geometry, nature and Egyptology. In 2013, she had an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, entitled “Drawing Which Makes Itself,” which focused on the importance of a piece of paper. As stated by Rockburne, “I came to realize that a piece of paper is a metaphysical object. You write on it, you draw on it, you fold it.” Rockburne believes paper is an active material; its qualities affect the form of the artwork. Over the course of her career, Rockburne has received 25 awards and honors, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Lee Krasner Award in both 2003 and 2007, and The National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. In 2002, she received an Honorary D.F.A. from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and in 2016, an honorary D.F.A. from Bowdoin College. She now lives and works in New York City.