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Lois Dodd: Nudes in the Landscape
It is with great pride and excitement that we present this exhibition and related website devoted to Lois Dodd’s Nudes in the Landscape. Lois Dodd is one of the most respected artists working today within the tradition of American painterly realism. She excels, particularly, in the depiction of landscape with human presence. Her figurative work, however, is less known than it deserves to be. While she has been devoted, on and off, to drawing from the live model for most of her career, she has returned to the figure within her painting only in the last five or six years.
This exhibition has added poignance to the New York Studio School because of Lois Dodd’s close association with the School throughout its history. As David Cohen explains in his essay, Lois Dodd’s involvement with figure drawing was closely related to her working friendship with the late Mercedes Matter, the School’s founder. We are very pleased to introduce New Yorkers to an aspect of Lois Dodd’s work that has not been seen here before.
It has been a great pleasure for the New York Studio School, the originating institution for Lois Dodd: Nudes in the Landscape, to share this exhibition with three other venues: the Banana Factory, Dartmouth College, and Lynchburg College. Our thanks go to Diane LaBelle, former director of the Banana Factory; to Gerald Auten, director of the Jaffe-Friede & Strauss Galleries and of the Studio Art Exhibition Program at Dartmouth; and to Barbara Rothermel and Beverly Rhoads, respectively Gallery Director of the Daura Gallery, and Associate Professor of Art at Lynchburg College.
Thanks are also extended to the many professionals who have made this venture possible: Meg Crane and John Mengel of Ponzi and Weill for their sensitive design of the brochure, Maurice Peterson once again for inspired web design, and to Robert Anthony, Jen Brown, and Emma Zakaravicius for their assistance in the research and development of this project.
Dean, New York Studio School
Gallery Director, New York Studio School