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Mary Carlson (b. 1951); Wall sculpture, circa 1987, Made from pine, titled 'Lakeside"".
Mary Carlson was born in 1951 and was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements began to gain importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed substantial commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the leading critical and institutional levers in New York. Mary is at home in a variety of mediums ranging from glass, paper, and photography to ceramics and yarn. Her work is quietly humorous, yet belies an insightful perspective on the world around us. Through playing with the forms of everyday life, Carlson transforms their meanings in subtle ways as she brings her viewers toward a more thoughtful understanding of their surroundings.
Very good, light wear and distressing, ding on lower edge
109" x 26.5" x 8"