Emily Mason: The Fifth Element is the first comprehensive presentation of Emily Mason’s work and brings long-overdue attention to this contemporary American artist. This volume includes eighty reproductions of the artist’s oil paintings, along with a selection of prints, highlighting many of the most significant works from each phase of her impressive career. David Ebony’s text brings Mason’s life and work into focus, showing how her unique painterly vocabulary has proven that the expressive possibilities of abstract art are indeed boundless.
Published for the event of Emily Mason’s first show with Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery in New York, this catalogue features 20 color plates of recent paintings, an essay by Karen Wilkin, and an updated chronology of Mason’s biography. From Karen Wilkin’s essay: “It’s stating the obvious, yet it’s still important to note that Emily Mason is an abstract painter who delights in color and revels in the fluidity of her chosen medium . . . Each painting has an individual mood, a particular emotional and chromatic temperature. Some seem superheated, others are cool and serene, and still others seem to embody lively oppositions. While Mason never fully reveals the trigger—or triggers—that may have provoked a particular image or combination of hues, her responses to these triggers release a host of inchoate associations in the viewer.”
Exquisitely illustrated, with one hundred full-page color reproductions, Emily Mason: The Light in Spring is the second extensive volume revealing the paintings and prints by American contemporary artist Emily Mason. Highlighted are sixty-eight of her recent paintings, completed since 2005, and thirty-two of her prints, in an overview spanning the last three decades and conveying work with five master printers.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Chelsea Paintings at Miles McEnery Gallery, 2021: “Chelsea Paintings, which coincides with a retrospective at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut on view through March 2021, is the late artist’s first posthumous gallery exhibition in New York following her December 2019 death. The exhibition comprises twenty works made between 1978 and 1989, and two works completed in the 1990s.”
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