Barbara Takenaga was born 1949 in Nebraska. She lives and work in New York City. Takenaga attended the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a BFA in 1972 and a MFA in 1978. She is the Mary A. & William Wirt Warren Professor of Art at Williams College. She is currently represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York and by Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco and Shark's Ink in Colorado.
Takenaga is an abstract painter who is known for her swirling, dot-based paintings that evoke a sense of infinity and boundlessness like the night sky. Due to her use of tessellated forms, Takenaga's work is noted for its challenging optical quality. Shown nationally and internationally, Takenaga's work is in the collections of The Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, The De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College SUNY, NY, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Sheldon Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA among others.
Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, Art in America, artcritical.com and The New York Sun, with numerous catalogues to accompany her exhibitions.
Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fred Lazarus IV Center, L115
131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA