mary weatherford

“Engine” (2014) is part of a series of large-scale paintings incorporating neon elements that Mary Weatherford began in 2012. Working with a vinyl-based acrylic paint that is both translucent and richly pigmented, Weatherford created a range of painterly effects, from thin, layered washes to denser, more heavily worked passages. She then added the drawing-like lines of neon. The work relates to color-field paintings in our collection by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis, as well as to gestural abstract expressionist canvases by Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell and neon works by Chryssa.

Monday: Painter Mary Weatherford discusses her work in an intimate in-gallery discussion relating to the exhibition The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

[Mary Weatherford. La Noche. 2014. Flashe paint with neon lights and transformer on linen. 9’ 9 3/8” × 8’ 8 1/4” × 5 7/8″ (298.1 × 264.8 × 14.9 cm). Collection Mandy and Cliff Einstein, Los Angeles. Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen]