Marina Adams

Marina Adams

American
b. 1960
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Overview

Expansive in scale, Marina Adams’ work explores colour, form and movement in unabashed fashion. Inspired by textile design, architecture and postmodern poetry, Adams’ paintings feature vibrantly-coloured shapes arranged in abstract configurations. The synchronicities and oppositions between these forms generate a striking dynamism.

Expansive in scale, Marina Adams’ work explores colour, form and movement in unabashed fashion. Inspired by textile design, architecture and postmodern poetry, Adams’ paintings feature vibrantly-coloured shapes arranged in abstract configurations. The synchronicities and oppositions between these forms generate a striking dynamism.

Adams sketches out her compositions with charcoal before she begins to allow for experimentation whilst working; drips of paint and gestural brushstrokes break up vast expanses of colour on the canvas to reveal the artist’s touch. Adams states, “I work in charcoal to get a sense of scale, of line and shape on the canvas. This frees me, so when I begin painting, there’s already a space there; a space that I can get involved with in a direct way. And that frees the touch as well.”

In Artforum, Barry Schwabsky writes: “Color is just about everything in Adams’ work, and everything seems animated, in movement. The energy impelling this motion is never agitated or frantic but rather feels steady, relaxed, and spontaneously responsive. Viewing her work is like being in the passenger seat next to a driver who knows how to take the road with supreme dexterity and implicit attentiveness; you feel safe at any speed.”

Marina Adams was born in 1960 in Orange, New Jersey. She lives between New York and Parma, Italy. Adams is also represented by Salon 94, New York.

The artist had a solo exhibition at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in November 2020. Her work featured in the group exhibition ‘Affinities for Abstraction’ at Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York in May 2021. Stephen Friedman Gallery hosted the first instalment of a two-part exhibition of Adams’ work in June 2021. Thirty paintings on paper, all measuring 12 x 9 inches were displayed together in the gallery’s Viewing Room. In September 2021 Adams presented ‘Wild Is Its Own Way’, an exhibition of large-scale paintings created over the previous two years.

Adams earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and an MFA from Columbia University, New York. She received the Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Other notable solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Salon 94, New York (2022, 2020, 2017); Von Bartha, Copenhagen, Denmark and S-Chanf, Switzerland (2022, 2021); Galerie Gris, Hudson, New York (2013, 2015); CUE Art Foundation, New York (2008); and Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy (1997).

The artist’s work is found in prominent international collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Longlati Foundation, Shanghai, China. 

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