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New Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Barbara Rossi's work in New York
Installation view. Photo: Maris Hutchinson-EPW Studio.


NEW YORK, NY.- The New Museum is presenting “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits,” a selection of Barbara Rossi’s enigmatic graphite and colored pencil drawings from the late 1960s and meticulously rendered reverse paintings on Plexiglas from the early 1970s. Rossi first exhibited her work in late-1960s Chicago where she became associated with the Chicago Imagists, a group of young artists known for their shared interest in non-Western and popular imagery, their pursuit of vivid and distorted figurative work, and their fondness for comic gags or puns. Rossi’s disorienting compositions, however, remain idiosyncratic even among an eclectic set of peers.

“Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits” marks Rossi’s first museum exhibition in New York as well as the most significant presentation of her work since the early 1990s. The exhibition is curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator.

Beginning with the graphite drawings presented in the exhibition, Rossi turned inward to find a visual language independent of contemporary tendencies and art historical traditions. By the rules of a self-devised method, she started each work without any compositional plan and adopted an open and introspective process that allowed her “magic drawings” to emerge, unconsciously, through one form at a time. In these works, sporadic figurative suggestions countered Rossi’s drifting morphology and eventually transformed her wandering lines into mischievous, psychedelic portraits.

The baroque characters that populate Rossi’s reverse Plexiglas paintings appear as bodies depicted from the inside out, churning with knobs and bulges that suggest folds of skin or mounds of flesh. Their dynamic contours seem to elaborate the forms of Rossi’s improvised “magic drawings” but developed from her printmaking studies and many preparatory compositions, which she calls her “sweat drawings.” In her reverse paintings on Plexiglas, Rossi applied precise lines and uniform fields of color to the back of the panel in a technique that does not admit revision or overpainting. Channeling her dedication to craft and precision, she embellished the surfaces of these works with beaded constellations of paint whose pointillist shadows are cast through the Plexiglas to underscore the reverse painting method. Sparkling with texture, some of Rossi’s forms twist into kaleidoscopic silhouettes and contort with prolonged viewing, while others introduce more stable, angular figures that highlight her graphic sensibility. In contrast to the cartoonlike antics of these works, however, Rossi’s fastidious approaches to composition and technique emerged from her practice of intense visual observation, her interest in vernacular devotional images, and her appreciation of art as a conduit of complex mental states.

Barbara Rossi was born in 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, where she lives and works. Since 1971, she has taught painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also received her MFA. Rossi has exhibited internationally, and her works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.





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