Marie Krane
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Marie Krane - Painting


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“A few months into what is now a 20-year journey, I became convinced that I could actually see what time looked like if I could only keep track of the changing color of a petal of a flower.”

Gardener-turned-landscape-artist and painter, Marie looks closely at growing plants, decaying flowers and the sky. Based on direct observations, her paintings aim to represent perceived and remembered moments of time passing and to answer questions raised by looking closely at beautiful moments in the growing and wilting lives of plants, flowers and the sky. Questions like: what does a month look like? (and does that month look the same one year later); what is the average rate of acceleration of change in Saratoga Springs in February? (the answer, she believes, is 1.86 minutes); if we subtract white from what we see, what do we see when we look at the sky? (the answer, her research shows, is nearly black).

Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with honors from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting with honors from the School of the Art Institute. She has exhibited in public institutions in North America and Europe, including exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum; DePaul University Art Museum; the Fleming Museum; the Herron Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); the Hyde Park Art Center; and Rijks Academie (Netherlands). Large-scale examples of Krane’s work are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Berkeley Art Museum. Her work is also in numerous private collections and has been reviewed and included in essays and texts, including James Elkins’ “Six Stories from the End of Representation”, Stanford University Press, 2008.

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