Marianne Kolb

Ava - Marianne  Kolb

Ava, 2019

Painting  
47.5 x 38.5 in

mixed media on canvas

There is no mistaking a painting by Marianne Kolb. Her singular figures stand in glorious imperfection against color backgrounds of pure unsaturated color. “I focus on the forces beneath the surface, says Kolb, “- the dread, the frenzy, isolation, fear, separation, love, intimacy, hope, humor, whimsy.” The critical tension in the paintings come from Kolb’s uncanny ability to convey vulnerability and defiance at the same time, a quality picked up on from the beginning by Peter Selz, art historian and former curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who wrote that Kolb’s paintings “affirm the comic tragedy of human existence.”

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