Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by Edna Andrade. The exhibition will be on view September 4 through October 13, 2012. There will a reception on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

A cohesive relationship exists between Edna Andrade's work as an artist, designer and educator. Like many artists of the postwar generation, she first supported herself in commercial work in graphic and architectural design. Beginning in the late 1950s she would embark on a teaching career that would leave a considerable imprint on the Philadelphia art scene for generations. Her works on view in this exhibit, covering 1959–1962 reveal a formative period: Andrade came of age as Modernism became the dominant and sought after aesthetic. Her titles from this period embody that nexus of the science and technology age: Atom Cloud, Expressway, Phoenix.

This exhibit, the first to look back at this period of Andrade's work reveals a key body of work, heretofore lesser-known for its important perspective on emerging figurative and abstract idioms in postwar America. Viewed in depth, it is a body of work equal to the later series. Many of the works in the exhibit—all drawn from the artist’s estate have not been previously exhibited.

The Locks exhibit coincides with the first comprehensive survey of Andrade’s prints—organized by The Print Center, Philadelphia and on view, September 14 – November 17, 2012.

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