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Simple Beauty of Lois Dodd

Simple Beauty of Lois Dodd
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There’s an appealing empiricism and pragmatism to Dodd’s vision — a solid and appreciative grasp of what passes before her eyes and through her hands to the canvas or, as often as not in her recent plein air paintings, small pieces of aluminum flashing.Lois Dodd is among the purest painters in America. Her paintings are plain, frank, and humble, speaking quietly to the essential goodness of life in an age when much of contemporary art is obsessed with dysfunction and despair. Her vision is thus not only wonderfully sustained but also sustaining.

Lois Dodd: Landscapes and Structures, April 10-May 29, Alexandre Gallery, 41 East 57th St., New York NY. 212-755-2828; www.alexandregallery.com

Lois Dodd: Directly Considered, April 26-July 19, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell St., Rockport ME. 207-236-2875; www.artsmaine.org

Caldbeck Gallery show, June 18-July 12, 12 Elm St., Rockland ME. 207-594-5935; www.caldbeck.com

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