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Artist Emily Berger

Emily Berger

Brooklyn, NY, USA


Emily Berger is an abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited widely, and is included in many private and public collections. She is represented in the traveling exhibition, Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present, on view in spring of 2021 at The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida,as well as the traveling exhibition, American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio. A graduate of Brown University, she received an MFA in painting from Columbia University, attended the Skowhegan School in Maine and has been awarded several art residency fellowships. Recent solo exhibitions in New York City include Rhythm and Light at Walter Wickiser Gallery, New Paintings at Norte Maar gallery, and Marking Time at Scholes Street Studio. Recent group exhibitions include Form and Intent at Abstract Project in Paris, France, the two-person Syncopation, at Odetta Gallery, Salon Zurcher, 11 Women of Spirit, at Zurcher Gallery, and Side to Side, Three Ways at Key Projects in New York City, reviewed by Karen Wilkin in The Hudson Review, Winter, 2021. Berger's work is engaged at the intersection of gesture and structure, chance and control, openness and containment. She breaks up the linearity of horizontal bands with elisions and marks that stutter or glide, stopping and starting her hand and arm as she draws the brush across the surface in a kind of dance. Within the structure improvisation is key. The horizontal structure provides one kind of rhythmic movement while the marks create a syncopated pulse. The process is direct and immediate, unfolding in time; revealed in the work are traces of revision, process and thought.

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