Monday, April 01, 2013

Washington, DC Artist Anne Marchand Joins Group Show in NYC

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Drink to Me, Contemporary Artist Views of Pablo Picasso 40 Years Later

(Washington, DC) – It’s a bit macabre to commemorate the occasion of Pablo Picasso’s death; but, 40 years later, his significant contributions to modern art will be celebrated at the Drink to Me show at Porter Contemporary in New York City this April.

Washington, DC Artist Anne Marchand contributed her work “Blue Curtain" to the group exhibition. “The qualities brought to the mainstream by Pablo Picasso of geometrical shapes, reduction of planes and monochromatic color, underpin ‘Blue Curtain’ as structure for the process of painting itself,” says Marchand. The work is 48” x 24" acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

Anne Marchand, Blue Curtain, 48x24"

“Picasso advanced modern art by creating emotion with shapes. Like Picasso, my work is also about emotional power. He looked to the form of the body, and I am looking at the formless outer space to evoke an expressive quality between form and movement," says Marchand.

The exhibition highlighting contemporary artists’ views of Pablo Picasso opens with an artists’ reception on April 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and continues through May 18, 2013. The exhibition’s timing coincides with the 40 anniversary of Picasso’s death, April 8, 1973, and includes approximately 20 artists from around the world who are interpreting their vision of Picasso whether good, bad or indifferent. The exhibition will not be a recreation of Picasso’s works but rather an interpretation of them by contemporary artists. Porter Contemporary is located at 548 W. 28th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Artist’s Statement:
Abstraction is my inquiry into the nature of life. As a painter, I am fascinated by the emotional power of color, music and poetry to engage the senses. From these painting platforms, I explore universal currents and rhythms with layers of paint, texture and words on canvas. Meaning takes shape in an environment where I invent forms and shapes to convey energy and movement. Traveling is one way that I gather resources and inspiration for my studio process. My current body of work reflects a fascination with inner and outer space and mystic poetry.

Anne Marchand was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Auburn University. Her works have been included in national and regional exhibitions at the National Building Museum, the Southeast Federal Center, the Federal Reserve Board, Maryland Art Place, the Washington Project for the Arts, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Rawls Museum Arts and the Arlington Arts Center. Her work is featured in 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic published by Schiffer and Studio Visit Magazine. Schiffer will feature her work in Artist Studios and Homes in 2014.

Porter Contemporary represents Ms. Marchand in New York City. Anne has exhibited work in Washington, DC at Zenith Gallery and prestigious galleries in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina and Maryland. She has received numerous prizes and grants for her work, notably an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2009 and residency grant to Culiacan, Mexico from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Ms. Marchand taught painting and drawing at Mt. Vernon College’s School of Art and Design. She was visiting artist with the University of Illinois, School of Architecture study abroad program. Her work is featured in corporate and private collections in the United States.

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