Jasmina Danowski (b. 1960)
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Evoking sensual worlds of luminous emanation, Jasmina Danowski creates vibrant abstract compositions in oil and alkyd on panel and in ink and gesso on paper in which color, texture, and mark form fields of connection and interaction, spontaneous rhythm and thoughtful restraint. As in the art of Joan Mitchell, Danowski’s paintings carry reminiscences of nature and still life, but their force is associative rather than literal, evoking the feeling of being in, aroused by, or moving through flowers and landscapes or time and space. Making her own ink and paint and working on the floor, Danowski explores the implications that result during the creative process; she follows her marks to points of decision and logical consequences, exploring the middleground between the abstract and pictorial, between the totality and individuality of forms, and between denotation and connotation.
As John Yau recently wrote of the artist’s works: “Danowski’s uninhibited delight in mark making is rare in contemporary painting, and the anti-puritanical strain running through her work is certainly one of its distinguishing characteristics. It is as if the brushwork, which owes something to both Asian calligraphic art and a potter’s hands-on directness, is further informed by the opulent vision of paradise found in Persian Miniatures (another affinity she shares with [Howard] Hodgkin), the material insistence of the gestural brushwork that we associate with Abstract Expressionism, and Fairfield Porter’s uncanny ability to reveal the extraordinary beauty of ordinary life. The artist has pulled off the unlikely possibility of infusing nature abstraction with a celebratory vision that edges up against the primordial. Everything is in a state of formation and deformation”
Danowski was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and received her B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute (1990), and her M.F.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (1997). She received two Pollock-Krasner awards (2001 and 2005) and has shown her work at Boston Center for the Arts; Dumbo Arts Center Festival, Brooklyn; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Spanierman Modern, New York; the Westfield State Downtown Art Gallery, Massachusetts; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work is in the collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, and Westfield State University, Massachusetts.
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1 John Yau, “Abundance and Austerity,” in Jasmina Danowski, exh. cat. (New York: Spanierman Modern, 2011).
1960, born, Stuttgart, Germany
1990, received B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
1997, received M.F.A., Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Currently resides in Brooklyn, New York
2001, Pollock-Krasner Award
2005, Pollock-Krasner Award
Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Made to Measure, 1997.
Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York, Paintings for a Better World Series, 1997.
Paradigm Art, Inc., New York, Jasmina Danowski, 2006.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Jasmina Danowski: Surf On By, 2007.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Jasmina Danowski: Tales, 2008.
Jasmina Danowski: The Transfiguration Altar Triptych, 2009.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Jasmina Danowski: Quite A Little Bit, 2009.
Westfield State Downtown Art Gallery, Massachusetts, Jasmina Danowski: North, South, East and West of the Pecos, 2010.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Jasmina Danowski: Meridians Ago, 2011.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Boston Center for the Arts, Twice-Born: Beauty, 2000.
The Rye Arts Center, New York, Landscapes: Real and Imagined, 2001.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Double or Something: Two Painters, 2002.
Dumbo Arts Center Festival, Brooklyn, New York, Picture Perfect, 2003.
Paradigm Art, Inc., New York, Three Painters, 2005.
Weatherspoon Art Museum Biennial Exhibition, Greensboro, North Carolina, Art on Paper, 2006.
Spanierman Modern, New York, On Paper, 2006.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Summer Selections, 2007.
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Collectors Choice Sale and Auction, 2008.
Spanierman Gallery, LLC at East Hampton, New York, Gallery Selections: Modern Exposure, 2008.
Spanierman Gallery, LLC at East Hampton, New York, Abstraction Then and Now,
Spanierman Modern, New York, Gallery Selections, 2009.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Hot and Cool, 2009.
Spanierman Gallery, LLC at East Hampton, New York, Gallery Selections, 2009.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Gallery Selections, 2010.
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Art of Choice, 2010.
McCormick Gallery, Chicago, Time and Again, 2011.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Gallery Selections, 2011.
Jennifer Dalton, “Paintings for a Better World Series,” Review Magazine 3 (December 1,
P. Cuong Hoang, “Beauty is in the Eye of a Curator,” South End News (October 19,
Christine Temin, “Critics’ Picks: Double or Something: Two Painters,” Boston Globe, March 17 and March 24, 2002.
Barry Schwabsky, “Moving Through Time with Painting,” (Privately printed, 2006).
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson.
Westfield State University, Massachusetts.