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 Stand Out Show: “standout show” during Denver Arts Week. Nov 1, 2018

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Work to be included in CO Women In Abstraction, Center for Visual Arts

Hopefully, you’ve heard about the upcoming exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Women of Abstract Expressionism, curated by Gwen Chanzit running June 12th-September 25th. I think this will be an interesting fleshing-out of the history that put New York City at the center of the global Art World map.

A show that responds to that one will take place from July 15-October 1 at the Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University. Less than two miles from the DAM.

From their press release at Center for Visual Art- Metropolitan State University of Denver:
“…this exhibition is presented at a time when the art community worldwide is examining the role of women in contemporary art and questioning the uneven representation of women in major exhibitions, publications, and sales. Guest curator Michael Paglia (art critic for Denver Westword and art ltd. magazine, and author of books Colorado Abstract and Texas Abstract) has brought together some of the most important women abstractionists…”

I’m very pleased to be included in the exhibition along with  many talented contemporary artists working today. Hope to see you there!

FILE NOT FOUND work by Margaret Pettee Olsen + Brian Kane

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Curated by Alexander Castro

OCTOBER 15 2015 through NOVEMBER 14 2015

Opening Reception: OCTOBER 15, 2015, 5-10 pm

Gallery EOSS

91 Hartford Ave., Suite 105, Providence, RI


Gallery EOSS welcomes BRIAN KANE and MARGARET PETTEE OLSEN for its November show, FILE NOT FOUND, an exciting combination of work that walks the line between digital and physical.

Pettee Olsen is an accomplished painter whose brushwork offers much to contemplate and absorb. Her large canvases are blatantly abstract but so rich in color, texture and gesture that one finds traces of the figurative. Her mark-making evokes image-editing software with graphic overlays, howling blank space, and chaotic trails of paint that weave sometimes fluidly, sometimes jarringly, through one another.

Kane, meanwhile, enjoys toying with the stuff of digital matter: he’s covered billboards in nature imagery, balloons with hashtags, and people’s eyes with black privacy bars. Both artists thus deal with artistic technologies. Pettee Olsen layers paint until it achieves a kind of controlled chaos, eventually approximating the feeling of what she calls a “media-driven version of experience.”

Kane has a different response to this data-driven life: his IRL Photoshop masks, OMG and hashtag balloons, and real-life Photoshop ‘cutouts’ seem to be attempts at materializing what has largely been a digital world. Both artists navigate a world drowning in formless data, but ultimately produce physical objects.

Data may appear at first invulnerable, intangible and out of harm’s reach, but it often depends on a physical host. In this intriguing show, Kane and Pettee Olsen search for new forms to host the wild hordes of zeroes and ones we encounter in our daily lives.




Alexander Castro

Alexander Castro (b. 1992) is a freelance journalist and arts writer living in Attleboro, Mass.

CSArt 2013 – BMoCA and DBG

I have been invited by Director of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) David Dadone, and Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), Lisa M. W. Eldred, to participate as one of eighteen artists for their CSArt 2013 project.  The project initiative engages artists presently working in Colorado with collectors by introducing them though a unique shares/collective model.  Invited artists are given a honorarium to create small works to be curated into collections.  Artists also receive work from other participating artists in this program. Thus, the community of artists and collectors support one another,  whet appetites to collect more work and establish relationships for the long term.  The first art distribution event was held May 16 at the DBG on the west terrace. Brian Vogt, CEO of the DBG, spoke about the institutions enthusiastic support of CSArt, followed by David Dadone, who graciously thanked everyone for their participation. I was introduced to speak next and rendered my experiences with CSArt by citing what participation in the project engendered in me; about the artists’ need for supportive and challenging community.  I referenced the nature of a community of artists that first put the United States on the Art World map and the continued need for community and collaboration vs  competition as the life blood of creative work for artists.  Colleague and painter Teresa Booth Brown followed with important words about the project helping ‘good work’ to get out of the studio and into the world for others to engage it. My work will be available to collectors who have bought shares this August at BMoCA.  One of the fifty nine works will be on exhibit to the general public at the DBG From mid-August through October, 2013. Check back for details.

For more information about CSArt 2013 @ BMoCA, please visit :   and or via the DBG website :

New Works In Progress

“Open Source”, 54″ × 42″ × 2″, Acrylic and reflective pigment on canvas, 2012

On top of a number of projects on the horizon and new engagements, several larger-sized canvases are in the works. I’m very excited about the evolution of these new pieces. Stay tuned to hear about the next show, as well as ‘meet-ups with the artist.’ Plus, I will be spending quite a bit more time on my blog this coming year, posting exciting news and continued sneak peeks of my work, and more. In the mean time, please add me to your RSS newsfeed—it’s simple, it’s easy, and you don’t even have to think about it to keep on top of what’s happening.

—Margaret Pettee Olsen

“Chaucer’s ‘Madonna'” Goes To Auction In New York For Housing Works

When designer and RISD colleague Patrick J. Hamilton requested art works to be offered for his vignette for Design on a Dime’s Housing Works Benefit Auction, which assists in housing people with HIV/AIDS in New York City, I was compelled to create a unique work of art. The piece (below) will be installed at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea 125 W 18th Street (between Avenue of The Americas & 7th Ave), in New York City, (April 26–28th).

When Patrick described the color and character of his possible installation, I began thinking of saturated crimsons, magnanimous magentas, hot and fleshy pinks, siennas, creams, controlled dove greys and misty charcoals—colors which ’til now I’d rarely used, at least in such quantities, and I became excited by the possibilities for the project. I had also read an article Mr. Hamilton had recently written about performer Madonna’s impact on him personally, for the LGBT community, and for an entire generation. Always up for a challenge, I began work on what would become the start of a new series: Chaucer’s ‘Madonna,’ Lady of Bath.

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Lady of Bath character is arguably among the most interesting; provocative, a probable vocal reformer of her time and challenger of social mores, she represents what a few performing women artists today represent in our culture. So as I read about the ‘gap-toothed,’ outspoken medieval game-changer, her robes, ways and words challenging the complacency, stigmas, and social phobias of her time, I began to think more and more of the role such women artists play in today’s world.  What do their circumstances prevent and/or provide?  How can their art help heal and bring our culture’s murky shadows to titillating light?  How can I, “express myself”?

Wife of Bath series, “Chaucer’s ‘Madonna,’” 48” x 24” x ¾”, Acrylic and reflective pigment on canvas, 2012

New Painting Goes To NYC Auction For Housing Works

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I Make Patrick J. Hamilton’s Top 20 Gifts List

Take a look at New York designer and writer Patrick J. Hamilton’s “…about artfully gifted Friends: top 20 Christmas gifts…” list. My work makes the list at number 13 (though he says there is no particular order). Quickly picked up by New York Spaces Magazine, the catalog of artists, ranging from musicians to painters, was touted as ‘wonderful’. Many thanks to Patrick for recognizing my work. Happy holidays, all!

Full Circle

This month I went down to New Mexico to see a show at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, talk business and enjoy the town of Sante Fe.  My husband and I visited  Zane Bennett Contemporary as soon as we arrived.   The show featured mid century masters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine and others.  Coincidentally, my husband had pulled some of the prints on exhibit there, back in 1988 in New York.  We enjoyed our talk with director, Christian Cheneau, as we discussed a fine art  publisher’s global search for exquisite papers for  projects, such as the Robert Motherwell projects, with which we were  involved.

My painting, which has art historical roots in Colorfield painting and American Abstract Expressionism, also refers to Japanese Zen aesthetics as well as it incorporates unique processes. Importantly, the work addresses the subject of transcendence and synthesis, which are perspectives the world needs now, more than ever.

After our meeting, we went to The GO’K where Susan Rothenburg’s paintings, were on view.  Rothenburg’s direct, honest voice, was evident in her large scale paintings which addressed everything from the quiet, unproductive moments in the studio, to her iconic horses, to  her very personal painting of wandering eyes, intimate impressions of her mother’s death.  Her notes also made reference to visits with her dying friend, painter Elizabeth Murray.   Looking at that painting made me feel I was glad the gallery was quiet despite the many people wandering and looking, as if I were in a church, or sacred space.

Many years ago, Susan Rothenburg paid me an encouraging studio visit.  This visit in Sante Fe had me feeling forward looking as well as it  felt like a revisiting of connections.  In many ways I felt as if I had come  full circle, one of many rings intersecting others in my life.