ROX GALLERY | MARCH 7 – APRIL 17, 2014
Magnificent Obsession: Joann Gedney, The Early Paintings, 1948 – 1963, curated by Gregory de la Haba at Rox Gallery, is an art historian’s dream come true: the discovery of a pristine body of work documenting the life and oeuvre of an unknown Abstract Expressionist. In addition to the paintings and drawings selected for the show, there are scores of others in the painter’s Village townhouse, as well as boxes of diaries, notes, and letters that complete a rich background and historical context.
The show is the first posthumous evaluation of Gedney’s (1925-2013) work, that had so far escaped the radar of the critical world, hidden away for the past 70 years inside her home and studio. It generously covers more than a decade of the early years of Gedney’s oeuvre, a period during which her work fluctuated