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Ellen Carey (American)
LOT ID: 77866
Three Circles, 1981

Acrylic, on Black and White Photograph
39 х 28.5 in. (99.06 x 72.39 cm.)
Other, Not viewed out of frame
Lot description
Demonstrating Carey's early narrative work, 'Three Circles' shows the artist's concern with pushing the boundaries of traditional photography. Through an application of paint, Carey transforms the figures to an imaginative universe.

Framed size: 50 x 39.5 inches

Internationally renowned photographer Ellen Carey has focused her artistic career on the range of processes and possibilities that the camera lens affords. Starting with narrative images in the 1980s, Carey began to play with photographic medium and experimenting with new and traditional techniques and materials. Through Polaroid, Carey found ways of breaking with convention, merging elements of minimalism and abstraction through a process she calls “pull”. By pulling the paper through the camera, Carey produces abstract compositions that showcase her practice. Carey studied at the Art Students League, New York in 1970 before completing her BFA in 1975 at Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA in 1978 from the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY. Recently, Carey’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Nina Freudenheim Fine Art, Buffalo, NY (2012); West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT (2010); and Ibu Gallery, Paris, France (2007).

Selected Public Collections:

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
National Museum of American Art (Washington, DC)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
Three Circles by Ellen Carey
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