Wendy Mark is a painter and printmaker primarily known for her monotypes. Her exhibitions often include collaborations with poets and writers and she has produced limited edition books with the Pulitzer Prize winning poets, Mark Strand, Charles Simic, Paul Muldoon and David St. John. Other writer collaborations include Adam Gopnik and Louis Menand (staff writers with the New Yorker Magazine). Her latest book , “While The Women Are Sleeping” was a collaboration with the great Spanish writer Javier Marias.
Mark began as a writer and received her MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, writing division.
She has had numerous solo exhibitions in New York at ACA Galleries, Forum Gallery , Lori Bookstein Fine Art and Jill Newhouse . Her monotypes were included in the historical exhibition at The Smithsonian Institution “Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America”. Other museum shows include: The Lyman Allyn Museum in CT., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC and The Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.
Her prints and books are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, The Spenser and Berg collections at the New York Public Library and numerous other museums.
Wendy Mark’s work can be seen as a chromatic exploration of landscapes expressed in an abstract manner. Planes of color over built-up surfaces express a view of nature that is beyond the visual. They call attention to the disparity between the “real” colors of nature and the “fake” tonalities of abstraction.She is among the 20 artists sited by Thomas Hoving in his article in cigar Afficionado: “20 Artists who May Be the Picasso’s and Monet’s of the 21st Century.”
References: 89 Clouds: Wendy Mark, text by Mark Strand. ACA Galleries, New York, 1999. Wendy Mark: A New Shade of Blue, produced by Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Thornwillow Press, 1998.