Joann Gedney
American, 1925-2013

Abstract Expressionist painter and sculptor Joann Gedney forged her career in a man’s world, producing a body of work composed of paintings, drawings, works on paper, and sculpture. Though she is left out of New York School narratives, she was actively involved with this group and was a founding member of March Gallery, one of its cooperative spaces. She crafted her compositions out of gestural brushstrokes, bold lines, and almost architectural blocks of color and shapes. Her early paintings featured a mix of abstraction and representation, often of landscapes. Though she later moved more decidedly toward abstraction, she did not entirely abandon representation, as evidenced by a group of ceramic figures she produced. Such works attest to her understanding of and appreciation for the expressive power of the human face and body.

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