Ann Pibal’s acrylic on aluminum paintings combine carefully calibrated bands color in muscular compositions. Without privileging one source over another, her work alludes to the robust history of abstract painting, architecture, and graphic design, as well as landscape and the sublime. Though particular narratives and experiences serve as impetus for certain works, none are illustrations of life. Instead they draw from the natural world in their sense of infinite space, the line of the horizon, and in the artist’s attempt to capture a transitional, crepuscular sense of light. In all its facets, the work implies a certain shifting, non-settling, ongoing process. Each painting offers a wealth of possibilities, forever opening up to a world larger than itself. Ann Pibal’s work has been included in exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries, including MoMA PS1, New York; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachussetts; the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; The Suburban, Chicago, Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam; Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf; and dePury and Luxembourg, Zurich. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, among others. Pibal has received awards and grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work is also included in Robert Nickas’s Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting, published in 2009 by Phaidon. Her most recent exhibition at Meulensteen, DRMN’ (2011) was accompanied by a catalog with an essay by Robert Storr. Pibal lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and North Bennington, Vermont, where she teaches painting at Bennington College.
Ann Pibal in the deCordova Biennial
January 22 - April 22, 2012
The 2012 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing the quality and variety of work rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting artists from across New England, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. The exhibition is co-curated by deCordova Curator, Dina Deitsch and Independent Curator and former owner/director of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA, Abigail Ross Goodman. The 2012 deCordova Biennial features 23 artists and collaboratives and occupies almost the entirety of the Museum and beyond—reaching into the park, Boston, and nearby communities through several public, off-site projects.
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