Shirley Jaffe

Selected Paintings 1969-2009

March 11 – April 24, 2010

Bande Dessinée en Noir et Blanc
2009
oil on canvas
57 1/2 x 45 1/4 inches (146 x 114.9 cm)
Private Collection

The Gray Phantom
2009
oil on canvas
80 x 78 3/4 inches (203 x 200 cm)

The Door
2002
oil on canvas
51 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches (130 x 80.6 cm)
Private Collection

Four Squares Black
1993
oil on canvas
84 1/2 x 70 3/4 inches (214 x 180 cm)

X, encore
2007-08
oil on canvas
82 x 63 inches (210 x 160 cm)
Private Collection

New York Collage I
2009
oil on canvas
57 1/2 x 45 inches (146 x 114.3 cm)
Private Collection

Madame Butterfly
1978-79
oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches (195 x 162 cm)

Labyrinth
2009-10
oil on canvas
32 x 25 1/2 inches (81.3 x 64.8 cm)
Private Collection

Birds
2009
oil on canvas
32 7/8 x 25 1/4 inches (83.5 x 64 cm)
Private Collection

New York Collage III
2009
oil on canvas
63 3/4 x 51 inches (162 x 130 cm)
Private Collection

The Gray Center
1969
oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 51 1/4 inches (195 x 130 cm)

Macon
1979
oil on canvas
84 1/4 x 65 inches (214 x 165 cm)

Press Release

The gallery is pleased to present a forty-year retrospective of works by Paris-based American abstract painter Shirley Jaffe. The exhibition is the artist's third with the gallery.

Jaffe's large-scale geometric abstractions are inspired by what she sees day to day in the urban Paris landscape. This vision is translated ultimately into colorful shapes and scriptive lines, set against generous white grounds, creating playful and balanced compositions. Although Jaffe's artistic process usually entails many months of struggle, once the artist locks in the compositions, the seamless matte surfaces of the paintings show no signs of their evolution.

The artist arrived in Paris in 1949; in the decades that followed, Jaffe established herself among a circle of American artists living in Paris including Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joan Mitchell. Jaffe has enjoyed an increasing international following in recent years, and her work was the subject of two major museum retrospectives in the last year.

In the exhibition catalogue, Carolyn Lanchner, retired Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, writes:

Jaffe's manipulation of the visual takes the basics, lines, forms, colors, and allows them every freedom her extraordinary imagination can devise, while vigilantly suppressing any errant tendencies towards tactile effects on a uniformly flat surface without material density […] Explaining her procedures, she once described how she holds off as long as possible choosing among the "myriad solutions" that occur to her during the making of a painting. In this discovery of her picture in the moments of its execution, she sees herself extending Abstract Expressionism's tradition of considered spontaneity.

Among others, Jaffe's work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, where one of her paintings was recently included in the exhibition "elles@centrepompidou - Women Artists in the Collections of the Centre Pompidou."

The gallery will present an exhibition of the artist's recent work at the ADAA Art Show, March 2– 6, Booth A-12.