An exhibition of new work by Joan Watts will open at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art in Santa Fe on May 7. The show runs through June 7.
Watts has had numerous solo shows around the country since she began exhibiting in 1968. Inspired by her long-time meditation practice, her non-objective work has become increasingly devoid of figures and referents. In this new work, there is an invitation to contemplate and engage reminiscent of Rothko’s contemplative work for the Rothko Chapel. Yet instead of darkness, Watts gives us radiant light.
Essayist and curator Lily Wei wrote:
“Light, created out of increasingly subtle modulations of color and contained within an imagined space…[is] Joan Watts’ primary subject…. Although Watts’ work is reductive, part of the Modernist legacy and often considered Minimalist, she insists it is not. Premised as it is on the immaterial and transcendent, in intention, it has greater affinities to the paintings and statements of Agnes Martin, the installations of James Turrell and other artists of light and space, to Buddhist teachings and the spiritual.”
An opening reception with the artist on May 7 from 5-7 p.m. Visit Charlotte Jackson Fine Art for more information.
Purchase Watt’s monograph with an essay by Lily Wei in our online store.