Deconstructing Marleen Gold

Friday, March 4, 2022 to Sunday, June 12, 2022
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kemper Museum’s Deconstructing exhibition series presents works that share themes and styles in relationship to one another, breaking down collecting histories and threads, geographical inspiration, and unexpected connections between them. Focusing on shared styles, themes, and connections between artist Marleen Gold’s (American, 1946–2020) work, artwork from Ron and Marleen Gold’s collection, as well as works from Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection, Deconstructing Marleen Gold is the fifth in this series of exhibitions—following Francis Bacon (2013), Robert Mangold (2015), Louise Nevelson (2018), and Marcus Jansen (2018 – 2019).

Gold earned her B.F.A. in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1979. She studied with professors Stanley Lewis, Wilbur Niewald, and Michael Walling whose work influenced Gold’s gestural style as seen throughout the exhibition. Drawing inspiration from the mountain and arid desert areas surrounding Santa Fe, New Mexico and central Arizona and the gentle rolling terrain and Missouri River in Kansas City, Gold’s paintings capture the soft or angular forms and the temperate light in these various geographic locations in the United States.

This exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum.