Lois Dodd in Maine

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Franklin Einspruch reviews the recent exhibition Lois Dodd: Naked Ladies, Natural Disasters, and Puzzling Events, Both Real and Imagined at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine.

Einspruch writes: "Over the decades, [Dodd's] subject has varied from still lifes to burning houses to whimsical scenarios involving nudes, but her method operates within narrow confines. She'll impose strong designs, but abstraction for its own sake is out. She'll paint the figure, but she’s not interested in the traditional realism that figure painting entails. She'll paint flowers, but she avoids botanical exactitude. She'll invent scenes, but there will be no illustration."

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