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Time Present/Time Past - Anita Thacher


May 5th, 2014 - June 30th, 2014

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Time Present/Time Past

Anita Thacher at the Mulberry Street Library May 5 - June 30th, 2014

"Time Present/Time Past" is an exhibit by New York artist Anita Thacher on view at the Mulberry Street Library. As the title inspired by a line in the T.S. Eliot poem suggests the works are from two different moments in the evolution of her work. The cloth paintings (Time Past) celebrate color with flowing tones that follow loose primary geometries. Here colors and forms reference the natural world. Complex geometries relate to architectural spaces in the recent paintings (Time Present). Shapes and paths are defined through line and directions creating contradictory spaces. Acrylic paint in both the older paintings on cloth and the recent paintings on wood point to different worlds. Discovering relationships between the two bodies of work inform the viewer’s adventure.

The title of the show ‘Time Present/Time Past’ is drawn from the first lines of the T.S. Eliot poem ‘Four Quartets” penned over a number of years, expressing the poet’s evolving elaborations on time, over time. Eliot asserts that the present moment is more sacred and more tangible than the immutable past or unknowable future.


Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past…*


Anita Thacher is a New York-based artist known for her work in a variety of mediums--film, video, public art, multimedia, light, architectural and sculptural installation, as well as painting, photography and prints. She has received numerous grants and awards including The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Ford Foundation among others. Public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. Thacher’s prints are available through VanDeb Editions. Anita Thacher is represented by Microscope Gallery, NY.