“Painting is the great unknown. It’s a parallel universe.” (In conversation with Susan A Denker, 2015)
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, 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— extending the conversation around modernism and what came after.
Slone’s paintings have been the subject of over 40 solo shows and widely exhibited internationally. They are held in many permanent major museum and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, DC; The Portland Art Museum, OR; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain; The Katzen Art Museum, Washington, 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 Center, Queen’s University, Ontario; International Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland; The Jersey City Museum, NJ; 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; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA; the De Menil Family Trust, Paris and numerous other venues in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Canada, Korea, China.
Slone’s work has been featured 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.com, Interview Magazine and Art International, among others.
Sandi Slone is Professor Emeritus 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, Ghent, NY. Slone was born in Boston. She has lived and worked in Manhattan since 1984.