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Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee is on view September 26, 2021–January 9, 2022
Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee presents the first major critical assessment of works by the artist Doris Lee (1905 – 1983). Lee was one of the most recognized artists in the country during the 1930s and 1940s, and was a leading figure in the Woodstock art colony. In response to the rise of Abstract Expressionism in the decades after World War II, Lee deftly absorbed these innovations into a continuation of her own visual style, unlike many American Scene colleagues whose work shows them either rejecting abstraction or adopting it in rejection of their former figurative and communal concerns. Lee’s oeuvre reveals a remarkable ability to merge the reduction of abstraction with the appeal of the everyday. In so doing, she offers one of the very rare examples of a coherent visual identity that successfully bridged the various artistic “camps” that formed with the shift in the art world in the post-World War II era—whether those camps were between commercial and fine, or competing art styles.
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