Blossom, an Exhibition of Painting by Béatrice Dauge Kaufmann

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A solo exhibition of new paintings by Béatrice Dauge Kaufmann is on view at The Art Gallery at the First Parish Church in Weston, Massachusetts, through June 7, 2008.

A solo exhibition of new paintings by Swiss-born artist Béatrice Dauge Kaufmann is on view at The Art Gallery at the First Parish Church in Weston, Massachusetts. The show features new work by Dauge Kaufmann housed in a nook of an old stone church through June 7th--a unique venue for bright abstract paintings and a rare opportunity to encounter such striking work in an unusual, "out-of-the-white-gallery-box" setting. A side door to the old New England church leads a visitor to a small alcove of deliciously colored abstract compositions.

Dauge Kaufmann's exhibition of dynamic, candy-colored, buttery compositions were produced by the artist during her final months of pregnancy and first months of motherhood - a biographical detail particularly relevant not only for its impressive physical feat, but also for a corresponding relationship to developments in composition and subject matter in the artist's paintings.

Dauge Kaufmann describes her latest burst of paintings in personal and emotional terms directly related to her new maternal experience and in formal terms that reflect larger themes about the boxes people occupy in American life today. She has chosen square canvases for the majority of the new paintings as a sort of challenge to herself - in form and content. The square is typically more challenging than a rectangle. The artist has described her work, on one level, as a struggle to push her way out of the square and to avoid allowing herself to get boxed in while living in a society where it's easier for people to remain in their boxy rooms, houses, cars, houses, offices and stores each day. There is a fierce attempt in her abstract compositions to keep pushing out, in form and content. She constantly strives to push further-- to push her compositions, her colors, and her self as an artist, with passion.

Béatrice Dauge Kaufmann studied art in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she grew up, and in London, Paris and Florence. She lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts, and her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in North America and Europe.


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