April 2009, Philadelphia, PA – Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Edna Andrade. Toward Infinity will be on view April 29th through June 13th, 2009. There will be a reception on Friday, May 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Edna Andrade’s work is often remarked upon for the extraordinary precision and clarity of line and color. Throughout the artist’s long career, Andrade continually worked out ideas dealing with line, color, shape and material through studies done in pencil, watercolor and collage. Her process is evident in the finely calibrated geometries of her hard-edged paintings from the early 1970s, through the striped and later color blocked works of the '80s and '90s.
Locks Gallery will exhibit a selection of paintings from a twenty-year period (1973 -1993) to be shown with the studies the artist completed for each work. In this installation, the artist’s process is revealed in side-by-side comparisons between the studies and the completed paintings.
Edna Andrade (1917-2008) lived and worked in Philadelphia from the time she came to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a student, until her death. Renowned for her challenging optical and hard-edged abstract paintings, the artist had a significant influence on the Philadelphia art scene for over forty years. The artist’s work is in numerous museums throughout the U.S. including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Baltimore Art Museum.