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Neil Jenney

(b. 1945)


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(1945– )

American painter, born in Torrington, Connecticut. He is associated with New Image Painting. From the late 1960s onwards he made broadly executed figurative paintings that isolated objects against a monochrome background. The black frame he gave them had the important function of helping to produce a level of illusionism. It also provided the painter with a space for the title. Sometimes the paintings relate to themes of American rural life, as with Beasts and Burdens (1970, MoMA, New York). A panoramic image of a swimming man with a shark entitled Friend or Foe (1969, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art) can be read as an allegory of the Cold War.


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