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Margaret Fitzgerald
at LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recommendation by Michael Abatemarco


Continuing through May 27, 2012


The work “Padre” is unusual in the context of Margaret Fitzgerald’s exhibition “Natura” in that it contains text, a feature not seen in the other paintings, to lend the work a certain objective formality. But the painting itself reflects the same spatial relationships between rough linear forms that appear to float on amorphous fields of color. Mostly, these symbol-like swaths of paint are rendered in black or white but there are exceptions such as in “Push and Pull,” which includes elements of blue and red. 


Rarely does Abstract Expressionist work so readily provide a sense of objectivity without making any overt visual references. “Surrender,” in particular, has a sense of ominous presence and depth. “Compose” which, like “Surrender,” is comprised primarily of black and white, has a very different and lighter, though still bold, feel and “Connection” even more so. These paintings carefully balance contradictions like fluidity and control. 

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