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 language of contemporary abstraction with its wide ranging references as much as her sweeping swaths of paint and transparent pours do. At the same time, 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 material spirit.”
Slone’s first solo shows in New York were represented by Acquavella Galleries in the 70s and 80s. Her paintings have since been the subject of over 40 solo exhibitions internationally and are held in numerous permanent museum collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Portland Art Museum, Portland OR; Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (MACBA); Katzen Art Museum, American University, 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; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Ontario; International Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland; New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University, UK; The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Harvard University Graduate School of Design(GSD); Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA; the De Menil Family Trust, Paris among many other private, corporate, and public institutions in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Canada, Korea, China. Recent gallery shows are Tibor deNagy; Sargent’s Daughters; Elizabeth Leach gallery; Sideshow gallery; Fiterman Art Center, BMCC-Cuny; George and Jôrgen, London; Galerie Forum Berlin; Pink Gallery, Seoul.Korea and the DeCordova Sculpture garden and Museum.
Slone’s solo exhibitions and works have been featured and reviewed in several publications including 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.
Sandi Slone is Professor Emerita of painting at the School of Museum of Fine Arts /Tufts University, Boston; she has been painting faculty in Harvard’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Slone is a co founder and board member 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 received traveling fellowships from the Clarissa Bartlett foundation, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and was awarded several residencies from Triangle Arts Association, among other institutions. Slone lives and works in downtown Manhattan since 1984 and in Chatham, New York.