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Bailey Doogan:
Selected Works - (1993 – 2005)


Exhibition: Bailey Doogan: Selected Works 1993-2005

Location: Etherton Gallery - 135 S. Sixth Avenue

Hours: 11-5 Tuesday - Saturday, 11-7 Thursday

Exhibition Dates: November 8 – February 18th, 2006

Reception: November 12th, 7-10 p.m.

Contact: Jerre Johnston - 624-7370

Contents: A thirty-five year retrospective of Tucson artist Bailey Doogan’s provocative body of work, organized in conjunction with the Tucson Museum of Art, opened September 9th at the Tucson Museum of Art, and will run concurrently at Etherton Gallery from November 8th through February 18th. TMA’s exhibit features Doogan’s work from 1971 through 1998 and Etherton Gallery will show work from 1993 to the present. The exhibition also features a major catalog with accompanying essays by Performance Artist and Writer Joanna Frueh; Art Critic Lucy Lippard; Art Historian Mary Garrard; Artist May Stevens; and TMA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Julie Sasse.

Well-known for her mastery of many mediums, artist Bailey Doogan’s work does not embrace one style, one medium, or the repeated concerns of singular subject matter.
Throughout her career Doogan has addressed conventions of female beauty, issues of aging, and the mutable landscape of being. Speaking through the layers of the customary representations of the nude as an art form, Doogan continues to expand her repertoire of imagery so that beauty and the language of the body are synonymous at any age.

Doogan’s sometimes tongue-in-cheek investigations, based in her interpretations of the ambiguous self as it is defined by language, are realized in serial investigations. Derived from two recent series of drawings and paintings, one of the series consists of full figure self portraits that explore, in the artist’s words, “self-examination on a personal and implied national level.” Another series of monotypes investigates, “the nature of costumes as attributions of expression and disguise…mirror images of the self: one private, the other public.”

Doogan’s body of work also includes film, and three-dimensional constructions. Her animated film, SCREW, A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM, has won numerous awards and has been previewed in festivals nationally and internationally. At once technically masterful, bantering and ironic, her oeuvre is a powerful resource for the relevant discourse of our time.

Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Bailey Doogan has lectured at over thirty American universities and art institutions, conducted numerous workshops, served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association from 1997-2001, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1992.

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