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Ovid Redux: M. Louise Stanley Paints the Classics

Kala Art Institute is proud to present Ovid Redux: M. Louise Stanley Paints the Classics, a retrospective exhibition curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly of M. Louise Stanley’s large- scale narrative paintings and the artists’ magical sketchbooks. The exhibition coincides with the 100th birthday of Peter Selz, Founding Director of Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and Professor Emeritus at Department of the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley. Louise Stanley’s paintings document current and fictitious events using myth and allegory. Commenting on the human condition, modern-day romance, feminism, and other political issues, her work has an amazing presence, balancing the colloquial and the sublime. Humor is the catalyst and a bridge to darker, more troubling issues. These themes resonate with the challenges of the current political landscape and we are looking forward to the dialogue that will be sparked over the course of the exhibition.

M. Louise Stanley was born in Charleston, W. Virginia and holds a BA from La Verne College, a BFA and MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (presently California College of the Arts). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fleishhacker Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation 2014 and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015. She has lectured, taught and exhibited nationally. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Berkeley City College.

The exhibition Ovid Redux: M. Louise Stanley Paints the Classics and related programs are supported, in part, by the Fleishhacker Foundation.

Opening reception: Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm