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Poindexter Gallery 21 West 56 Street New York 10019 Judson 6-6630


APRIL 20 - MAY 10, 1968

Nell Blaine, the distinguished American figurative painter, opens her new exhibition at the Pointdexter Gallery on Saturday, April 20. The show presents a large survey of recent paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel and ink, as well as a group of etchings.

The works of this artist "have an exuberance that never fails to communicate Miss Blaine's love for nature at its most restless and colorful."1
John Ashbery wrote of her last exhibition two years ago: "The spiritual counterpart of her bold, inventive style is an intense but discriminating joie de vivre: pleasure in the English walls, the flowers, the sweep of sky, mountains, trees."2

Nell Blaine presents in this show unique painterly visions of the city in a new series of summer views of New York's upper West Side and of the Hudson River. The painter creates serene order and delicate light in the panoramic Rooftops I and, with vigorous movements of brilliant color, evokes a sense of atmospheric richness in the reflections of Rooftops, Rain. A large and particularly ambitious oil, Three Friends at a Table, brings together favorite subjects: the portrait, still life, and the interior. The exhibition also includes many flower paintings and other still lifes as well as several portraits and figure studies. Etchings of flowers and the figure in interior are done with a flowing, airy purity of line.

Knoedler Galleries showed twenty-five Blaines in the 1963 selection of current figurative art, "Five American Painters." Lawrence Campbell in "Art News" wrote: "All her work has a freshness and vitality. Her paintings are explosions of controlled and synthesized color experience.... There is a serene savagery in her ardent concentration on whatever she happens to be painting."3
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