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Sundaram Tagore Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Merrill Wagner. A painter with a long-standing commitment to exploring the relationships and tensions between textures, patterns and mixed media, Wagner is noted for works of geometric abstractions using large canvases of steel, hard edges and bright contrasting colors. The exhibition opens May 25 and closes June 19.

Inspired by the minimalist Eva Hesse in the late 1960s, Wagner started to experiment with diverse materials and media. By the 1980s, she was painting on stone, steel and slate, focusing on the surface of the material, the geometric patterns inherent within it, and ordering the painting around its individual marks, blemishes and colors. For the artist, these enormous paintings represented those things within the landscape that cannot be changed – the ocean, the desert, or the night sky. As Roger Boyce noted in a 2002 Art in America review, "The material gravity and anonymous aesthetic of the industrially manufactured [materials] stand in for the assertive indifference and receptive sublimity of nature."

Wagner was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to New York City in the late 1950s, after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. She has held teaching positions at Princeton University and Parsons School of Design. In 1989, Wagner received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant. Her work has been included in over forty individual and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She has been a member of the American Abstract Artist since 1976 and served as its president from 1982 to 1985.

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About Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the confluence of Western and non-Western cultures. The focus is on developing exhibitions of intellectual rigor and showcasing artists who are engaged in spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues with traditions other than their own.

Our interest in cross-cultural dialogue extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music. We host non-profit events that stimulate the exchange of ideas and push the envelope of artistic, intellectual and cultural boundaries. Our focus is to help artists of all ages, and art organizations from around the globe to exhibit, perform and produce their work.