Anne Labovitz art exhibit at The Athenaeum is rich with ‘Passions’

Her intense energy and optimism is apparent in “Passions,” Anne Labovitz’s new exhibition of self-portraits, paintings of nature, and artists’ books, on display in The Athenaeum’s Main and Rotunda Galleries, Nov. 13 through Dec. 31.

Anne Labovitz

Color is paramount in Labovitz’s expression. It conveys mood and plays a fundamental role in capturing her subject. Labovitz describes her self-portraits in “Passions” as “an 18-month exploration in the use of acrylic polymer emulsion to build layers that capture light and translucent color.” Contrasting colors are played one against another to create combinations that are explosive, energetic and alive.

“I want my work to have intensity in its impact,” she has said of the exhibit. “That intensity makes it alive.”

In other pieces, the use of subtle tone-on-tone color sets a more contemplative mood and entices the viewer for a closer look.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1965, Labovitz’s connection to art stemmed from her close relationship with her grandmother, artist Ella Labovitz. After watching her grandmother for some time, she learned to paint beside her. While studying psychology in college, Labovitz said she took art courses and decided that this was the path she wanted to pursue. From there, she continued her studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she graduated with a degree in Art and Art History.

Labovitz’s travels have had a significant impact on her life and art. After her grandmother’s passing, she moved to an adobe studio in the mountains north of Santa Fe; a home she designed and built herself. She said that the spectacular scenery of New Mexico inspired her to capture the beautiful landscapes and colors in her work.

She has also worked in Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Italy; experiences which have led to inspirational and productive periods in her art.

"Azalea," acrylic on canvas by Anne Labovitz

Labovitz has an established studio practice and continues studying with painters and printmakers in Italy, Florida and New York. Her formal training includes studies with Faith Ringgold at the Atlantic Center for Art in Florida, Judith Phaff in Santa Fe, and Luis Camnitzer in Valdottavo Italy, to name a few.

She continues to work in a variety of mediums including mono-printmaking, woodcuts, and painting. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children.

A walk-through with the artist will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 13, when visitors will be guided through the galleries while Labovitz shares her thoughts on her process and inspirations. Both Athenaeum members and the public are invited to attend. —The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

If you go

What: ‘Passions’ by Anne Labovitz

When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; Nov. 13-Dec. 31

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street

Admission: Free

Reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12

Artist presentation: 11 a.m. Nov. 13

Contact: ljathenaeum.org. (858) 454-5872

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Posted by Susan DeMaggio on Nov 11, 2010. Filed under A & E, Art. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “Anne Labovitz art exhibit at The Athenaeum is rich with ‘Passions’”

  1. Howard Glasser

    I am moved by the art of Anne Lavovitz – her work keeps taking me deeper into the explosion of primal energy brought forth by fusions of color – I can only surrender to the primal urgency of the beauty and intensity. What other choice do I have? I absolutely love this artist of greatness

  2. Jill Riley

    Beautiful, beautiful exhibit. Anne's use of color is always amazing.

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