Barbara Takenaga

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Black Triptych (blaze), 2016
Acrylic on linen, 72 x 108 inches

Barbara Takenaga

Artist Biography

Barbara Takenaga arranges the simple components of her dense, abstract paintings into stunningly detailed compositions that undulate, radiate, and recede in seemingly infinite space. Her dazzling repetition of forms suggests the inherent yet sometimes incomprehensible logic of both the cosmic and the cellular, while spontaneous twists and puckers preserve the elements of wonder and surprise. Crisp, saturated color defines each discrete element in the tightly woven, tessellated work.

Barbara Takenaga is the Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Art at Williams College, a position she has held since 1985. She divides her time between Williamstown, MA, and New York City, where she maintains a studio. Her work has been widely exhibited at institutions including Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; National Academy Museum, New York; Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA; and International Print Center, New York.

Takenaga’s most recent awards include the Wauson Fellowship from the FOR-SITE Foundation and the Eric Isenburger Annual Art Award from the National Academy Museum. She is represented in the permanent collections of The Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney; and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, among others. She was born in North Platte, Nebraska.

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Nov 19 - Dec 23, 2015


Jun 18 - Jul 31, 2015

Barbara Takenaga

Oct 13 - Nov 12, 2011

Never the Same Twice

Mar 17 - Apr 30, 2011


Selected Press

What to see in New York Art Galleries this Week: Barbara Takenaga, 'Waiting in the Sky'

April 14, 2016

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April 19, 2016

Waiting in the Sky

March 30, 2016

Nebraska at MASS MoCA

September 2015

Elle Decor Feature

June 2014

Barbara Takenaga: New Paintings

Art News, November 2013

Barbara Takenaga: New Paintings

October 3, 2013

Barbara Takenaga: New Paintings

Wall Street International August 2013

Energies Illustrated by Franklin Einspruch

The New York Sun May 15, 2012

Art in America, February 2012

Editors' Pick: Barbara Takenaga at DC Moore, Winter 2011

The Brooklyn Rail, Winter 2011