On Friday, May 18, Lois Dodd: Catching the Light opened at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. This retrospective exhibition of Dodd’s work features paintings from the 1950s to the present. Together, the paintings highlight Dodd’s commitment to painting the immediate world she inhabits, from the green world of Maine’s rural coast to the steely landscape of New York City.
Dodd started painting in the early 1950s, during the birth of the Abstract Expressionism movement, and despite the predominance of mainstream styles and trends, her work persisted in its unique observational style. Her paintings are simple, quiet, and dramatic only in way they capture light and shadow. Her work attends to the small details of life around her—brick walls, garden flowers, and broken windows—objects and scenes others might not notice.
Marquand Books produced the exhibition catalogue that accompanies Lois Dodd: Catching the Light. The catalogue, designed by Susan E. Kelly, includes essays and reflections written by Dodd’s colleagues and features more than eighty color illustrations.