First Hand: Mary Didoardo


Mary Didoardo, Mirage (2018), oil on wood, 30 x 40″; courtesy Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

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The press release accompanying “Reckless in the Lab”, an exhibition of paintings by Mary Didoardo at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, extols the “serious and celebratory” nature of the work. I’d also note that Didoardo’s abstractions are characterized by a bracing sense of freedom. They evince an artist working not only with an enviable surety, but one welcoming of risk–which, of course, puts surety to the test. That approach may be standard operating procedure for certain strains of abstract painting, but it’s one thing to make the claim, another to pull it off. Didoardo pulls it off, and then some.

© 2019 Mario Naves

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