MOMA Curator Selects Brooks for Group Exhibition

May 31, 2005

MOMA Curator selects LA Artist Kimberly Brooks for NY Exhibition
23th Juried Annual Exhibition at Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, New York,
June 29th-July 27th, 2005

Los Angeles – A painting by Los Angeles-based artist Kimberly Brooks was selected this week by the curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Jordan Kantor, for inclusion in the 23th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Pleiades Gallery in New York City. Forty Artists were selected from sixteen hundred submissions in an international outreach.

The recognition of Brooks’ artwork comes while she prepares for her first solo exhibition, ‘The Whole Story’  The show will be at the Risk Press Gallery, an alternative space for emerging artists on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

The show’s focus on viewing is strongly connected to the themes in my recent exploration and modern recontexutalization of women figures’ says Brooks from the Venice, California studio where she works.

The Paintings

Brooks’ pieces for this exhibition are “Enid” and “Bluenote”, both paintings of women using oil on linen and a cool palette, but with strikingly different brush strokes and moods. In ‘Enid’, the eyes peer above the canvas and out of sight, beyond the viewer, prideful and uninhibited. The strokes are loose and free. While in ‘Bluenot’, the nude curls inward, the flesh and hair is polished, while her porcelain pallor evokes both a shiny stillness and study in contrast.

About the Artist

Kimberly Brooks works in oil painting and mixed media. Her work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions whose jurors include Jordan Kantor of MOMA, Joan Hugo of the California Institute of the Arts and Chris Burden. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and studied painting at Otis Art Institute and UCLA with artists Franklyn Leigel and Liat Yossifer, respectively.

CONTACT: To speak with Kimberly Brooks, for more information contact Heather Taylor at 310.559.9156 at Taylor De Cordoba.