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Ann Pibal Wins the 2013 Rappaport Prize

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The deCordova Museum recently announced painter Ann Pibal as the fourteenth winner of the institution’s Rappaport Prize. Previous winners of the $25,000 award include Suara Welitoff (2012), Ursula von Rydingsvard (2008) and John Bisbee (2003). The Prize is awarded annually, and is funded through the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.

"I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the 2013 Rappaport Prize recipient," says Pibal. "The award will be of absolutely enormous assistance, both practically and as an accolade, as I continue with my studio projects."

Pibal’s paintings, characterized by geometric abstraction, were exhibited this spring in Los Dos at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, and last year within the 2012 deCordova Biennial. Her latest paintings are executed on aluminum, and allude to the history of painting in her minimal, yet narrative, compositions. Pibal’s paintings in Los Dos were small, but grand in their vibrant color palette, decisive lines and careful brushwork. The surface is treated with the utmost precision; the contrast between loose and exacting brushstrokes creates a neat tension that speaks to the evolution of abstract painting from mid-century to the present.

"Ann is one of New England’s most exciting painters, and we are proud to be able to support her work with this prize," says Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova. "She uses color and a careful balance of precision and gesture to create abstractions that can be read as deeply psychological, narrative and even emotional landscapes. Ann’s painting pushes at the language of abstraction into thoughtful, new territory."

As a Rappaport Prize winner, Pibal will give a public lecture on September 26 at 6:30pm in the Tower Auditorium at MassArt.

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Leah joined the Big Red and Shiny editorial staff in 2013 and served as Blog Editor through 2014; she currently oversees BR&S's editorial focus. Leah has contributed catalogue essays to CUE Art Foundation (New York) and Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco), as well as articles to a number of publications, most recently The Brooklyn Rail, Harper's Bazaar Art, and Hyperallergic. She has lectured on art criticism and various topics in art history at Montserrat College of Art, Stonehill College, and Tufts University Art Gallery. She works as Director of Programs & Exhibitions for Fort Point Arts Community.

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