Even though Sandi Slone has often worked with oversized brushes—an early series of abstract paintings made with large brooms established her reputation as a young painter — she long has had a predilection for intimate gestures and unexpected incidents that signal her preoccupation with visual strategies as metaphors for everything from the materiality and sensuousness of color and light, that impact landscape memory and the body, to the current state of our fraught planet and its global issues. There has always been a sense of the hand, of calligraphic gestures and shapes, that explore the language of contemporary abstraction with its wide ranging references as much as her sweeping swaths of paint and transparent pours do.
Slone’s paintings have been the subject of over 40 solo shows and widely exhibited internationally. They are held in numerous permanent museum and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, DC; the Portland Art Museum, OR; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (MACBA); The Katzen Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC: The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; The Alberta Art Museum, Edmonton, Canada; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH; the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; the International Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland; The New Hall Art Collection,University of Cambridge, UK; The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; Harvard University Graduate School of Design(GSD); The Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA; The De Menil Family Trust, Paris and other institutions in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Canada, Korea, Japan.
Slone’s solo exhibitions and work have been featured and reviewed in publications that include The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Artforum, Art In America, ARTnews, ARTnet, Flash Art, Architectural Digest, The London Guardian, Art New England, ARTS Magazine, The Hudson Review, Partisan Review, Artcritical, Interview Magazine, El Pais and Art International, among others.
Sandi Slone is Professor Emerita of painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts /Tufts University, Boston; she has taught in Harvard’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies; in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, NY and is a cofounder and board member of Art Omi International Artists Residency and The Fields sculpture Park (1991-present ), Ghent, NY. Slone was born in Boston. She received her BA in Art History from Wellesley College, magna cum laude and a 5th year diploma form the Boston Museum school. She has been awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship and has received Clarissa Bartlett traveling fellowships from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Slone lives and works in downtown Manhattan since 1984