Marisa Newman Projects is pleased to present Mary Obering - Selected Works 1983-1987 on view
from November 16 - December 22, 2017.
Obering’s paintings are best characterized as geometric abstractions. Since the late 1970s she’s
worked almost exclusively with egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel, like the early
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view works the artist made using this old master
technique to explore the universe in all of its complexity. To create the series, Obering borrowed
from scientific journals she was studying at the time, particularly the linear renderings that
illustrated experiments with particle collisions. These minimalist geometric forms appealed to her
visual sensibilities and the results were more like wall sculptures imbued with all the beauty found
in a religious altarpiece, what Holland Cotter called an imperial elegance when he wrote about the
work in a review of Obering’s exhibition at the Annina Nosei Gallery in the late 1980s.
Mary Obering was born in 1937 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She received a BA in Experimental
Psychology at Hollins College and an MA in Behavioral Science studying under B.F. Skinner at
Harvard. In 1970 she received an MFA from the University of Denver. She has lived and worked in
New York City since 1971. Her work has been exhibited in the US and in Italy where she also keeps
an active studio in Puglia. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of major institutions, among
them; The Whitney Museum of American Art, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Detroit
Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Wadsworth Atheneum.