Over the last three decades, Mary Weatherford has established herself with her lusciously seductive, conceptual paintings. Through seven distinctive bodies of work, she has explored the ways in which we navigate our surroundings, both natural and cultural. Her paintings, rectangles on the wall covered in color that remain laden with the weight of history, are, in Weatherford’s deft treatments, wry commentary on the productive relationship between art and lives being lived messily.
Mary Weatherford: Canyon-Daisy-Eden will reveal her long-standing practice and her engagement with narrative. Starting from her earliest target paintings based on operatic heroines, the exhibition covers the gestural abstractions redacted with bent neon that launched her career in the 2010s. Each body of work has built carefully upon the achievements of the previous series. Weatherford’s first museum survey will make clear that knowledge of her trajectory makes the experience her works more evocative, poetic, and resonant.