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. There has always been a sense of the hand, calligraphic gestures and shapes, that explore the languages of contemporary abstraction with its wide ranging references as much as her sweeping swaths of paint and transparent pours do. Slone makes clear that “abstract painting is a world unto itself, a parallel universe, infinitely unknown and not unlike music, mathematics and nature in its selfness.”
Slone’s first solo shows in New York were represented by Acquavella Galleries in the mid 70s and 80s ; her paintings have since been the subject of over 40 solo exhibits and widely shown and collected throughout the US and internationally. They are held in numerous permanent museum and private collections including Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; the Portland Art Museum, Portland OR; Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (MACBA); the Katzen Art Museum, American University, Washington, DC; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis Univ. Waltham, MA; the Alberta Art Museum, Edmonton, Canada; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH; the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; International Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland; New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, UK; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Harvard University Graduate School of Design(GSD); the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA; the De Menil Family Trust, Paris and other venues in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Canada, Korea, Japan, China.
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 also taught in Harvard’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, New York, among others. Slone is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Art Omi International Artists Residency and The Fields sculpture Park (1992-present) in Ghent, NY. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, she received her BA in Art History from Wellesley College, Magna Cum Laude and a 5th year diploma from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts. She has been awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship and has received a number of traveling fellowships from the Clarissa Bartlett foundation, from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other institutions. Slone lives and works in downtown Manhattan since 1984 and in Chatham, New York.