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JANET MONAFO Gatherings


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Janet Monafo Gatherings

March 23 - April 22.2018 Opening Reception Friday, March 30

LewAllenGalleries Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | contact@lewallengalleries.com

cover: Blue Heaven, 2004, pastel on paper, 48 x 45 in


Janet Monafo Gatherings Janet Monafo’s extraordinary still life images transform domestic, everyday objects into grand, spellbinding arrangements of light and color, hue and texture, order and disorder, memory and metaphor. Strikingly contemporary in their orientations, Monafo’s remarkable large-scale oil pastel paintings take the age-old tradition of meticulously rendered still life into the 21st century. The luxurious and glowingly tactile quality of Monafo’s work evokes Dutch or Flemish still life paintings with their celebration of the inherent beauties found in individual objects of our daily lives. Similarly, Monafo’s creations glow with a sense of vitality that is rarely seen today and display a quality that has been described by many as “jewel-like.” The meticulous detail and joyous epicurean colors are a delight to the eye. Working with a strong element of spontaneity, Monafo’s gatherings of domestic objects suggests a fascinating tension between the enduring and the temporal. In a modern material world, her juxtaposing both treasured objects and those that are disposable – each privileged equally in Monafo’s glowing arrangements – might be read metaphorically to suggest that it is beauty that

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Still Life with Lemons, 2012, pastel on paper, 48 x 35 in

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Sedgwick Skull, 2017, pastel on paper, 30 x 42 in 5


Blue Heaven, 2004, pastel on paper, 48 x 45 in 6


Three Yellow Roses, 2009, pastel on paper, 46 x 37 in 7


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Variegated Float, 2011, pastel on paper, 36.5 x 49 in

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Red is the Rose, 2013, pastel on paper, 39.5 x 28.25 in 10


Three Bosques, 1998, pastel on paper, 38.5 x 25.5 in 11


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Present Pile, 2004, pastel on paper, 27 x 41 in 13


Anonymous Gift, 2010, pastel on paper, 44 x 30 in 14


Irish Pottery, 2016, pastel on paper, 50 x 38 in 15


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Pile with Gourds, 2002, pastel on paper board, 42 x 54 in 17


Janet Monafo b. 1940, MA

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J.Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY Good HeART ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2018 Gatherings, Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2004 J.Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY 2013 David Findlay Jr. Gallery, New York, NY Gerald Melberg, Gallery Charlotte, NC 2009 Vose Galleries, Boston, MA Three by Five to Eleven by Fourteen 2004 J.Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY GSI Fine Art, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Cleveland, OH 2002 Red As A Color For Exploration And Expression 2000 GSI Fine Art, Cleveland, Ohio Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1999 Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY 2001 Contemporary Gallery Selections 1996 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY Gerald Peters Gallery Santa Fe NM 1994 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY The Art of Illusion 1993 Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA Millard Sheets Gallery 1992 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 2000 Introductions 1989 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY J.Cacciola Gallery New York NY 1987 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY 2000 Revealing the Nude 1984 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY Chase Gallery Boston MA 1981 Creiger Sesen Gallery, Boston, MA 1998 Contemporary Still Life Jerold Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 1996-9 Objects of Personal Significance 2017 Truth and Vision: 21st Century Realism Exhibits USA, Traveling Exhibition Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 1996 Still Life As We See It: The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA Metzsch 1996 171st Annual Exhibition New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT National Academy of Design, New York, NY The Dust on Butterflies Wings 1995 New York Collection 1995 Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY The Artist’s Muse 1995 1995 Collectors' Show Vose Galleries, Boston, MA The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR 2010 Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l'Oeil 1995 Collectors' Choice Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA Center for the Arts Vero, Beach, FL 2008-9 The Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN The Object Project travels to Greenville County GRANTS AND AWARDS Museum of Art, Greenville, SC 2002 Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame Honoree Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK 1997 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN 1993 The New England Foundation for the Arts Grant Museum of Outdoor Art, Englewood, CO 1993 National Academy of Design, Certificate of Merit 2008 The Object Project 1988 National Academy of Design, Ralph Fabri Prize M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK 1988 Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program, Finalist 2007 Works on Paper 1982 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Fellowship 18


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