Gretchen Albrecht and expressing the unsayable
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Gretchen Albrecht and expressing the unsayable

For Gretchen Albrecht paintings can give voice to feelings too difficult to describe in words. The veteran New Zealand abstract painter recalls standing in front of a work by Canadian master Agnes Martin during a trip to New York in the 1980s.The memory never left her. Gretchen Albrecht at Fine Arts, Potts Point. Credit:James Brickwood "My heart just squeezed up," she says. "The painting was so evocative of innocence that I wanted to burst into tears. I could almost smell talcum powder, baby’s clothes. You take out of the work your own experience. I thought, ‘how incredible that a painting could move me this way’." We’re talking at Fine Arts, Sydney, an intimate gallery overlooking Bayswater Road, Potts Point. On one wall hangs Reveal (1981), a red-and-yellow semi-circle composed of two quadrants. Another painting, Seraf (1982), shaped like a sun slipping over the horizon, is a rich gold and velvety violet. These paintings are part of Albrecht’s Hemispheres , a series of semi-circular abstracts that made her a star in New Zealand in the early 1980s. Although the works were made more than 30 years ago, they feel thoroughly modern, radiating a powerful energy that fills the room. Albrecht, […]

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