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The Boston Arts & Culture Weekly Review

Throughout history, societies and communities that embraced the arts often found themselves at the forefront of social and political change – decades ahead of those that have discouraged or diminished the role of the arts in their societies.  Our rich history of social and political progress is due in no small part to the active and courageous artistic community that calls New England home. We hope that by highlighting the rising stars of our local art community on a weekly basis, we can help increase our community’s engagement with local art and the artists that devote their life to moving society forward.


Out of the Square

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gouache on paper

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55/100 of #100daysoflayers from #100dayproject

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#JoanneMattera’s paintings can be described as #lush #minimalism, the work is chromatically rich and compositionally reductive. Each #painting in the ongoing Silk Road series is a small color field achieved by layers of translucent #wax paint applied at right angles. The series, began in 2005, was inspired by the #iridescent hues of slubbed silk, hence the title, but very quickly evolved into a more expansive exploration of #color. In plying the richness of the encaustic paint against the austerity of a very subtle grid the artist sets in motion a dynamic in which color and texture jostle for primacy. A decade and almost 300 paintings later, the artist is still enthralled with this exploration. Mattera is the foremost expert in the field of encaustic painting and is the founder and former director of the International Encaustic Conference. Her artwork is in the collections of The New Britain Museum of Contemporary Art, US Embassies (Slovenia and Poland), US State Department, Bank of America, and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to name a few as well as numerous private collections. Mattera writes a contemporary art blog, she is a frequent guest speaker and curator and is a member of American Abstract Artists (NYC). The artist lives and works in MA and in NYC. Join Mattera on her chromatic exploration of the #SilkRoad. A selection of paintings from the series can be seen alongside work by eight other amazing artists in our #CrazyBeautiful exhibition through July 28 at @kenisebarnesfineart. In these images: installation views from Crazy Beautiful of Silk Road #paintings by Joanne Mattera @joannemattera, #encaustic (pigmented beeswax) on panel, 18 x 18 inches (each), $4000. (each). Image 3 also features painted #porcelain vessels by #PeterPincus @peterpincusporcelain (on table) and image 4 also features a painting by #JennyKemp @jenister (on right). #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #artcollecting #art #artbuying #westchestergallery #newyork #massachusetts #massachusettsartist

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  1. Mirela

    March 31, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for including my drawing!

    Mirela Kulovic

  2. CHROMA Paintings

    May 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    It is great to have my photograph featured on your magazine. All artists featured here have produced very interesting work. Happy to be among them. Thank you very much.

  3. JK

    May 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Thanks dearly for posting an image of a wall of my works. It’a greatly appreciated and an honour to be amongst so many talented artists.

  4. Samantha Wilhelm

    June 8, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you so much for having my artwork featured in here surrounded by so many talented artists!

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