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Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford

February 04 – May 14, 2023

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Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford is the first museum survey of the East Coast painter known for her vibrant palette, eccentric compositions, and personal, unpredictable approach to figurative painting.  Organized by the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, this intimate presentation features Bradford’s semi-transparent figures, which often defy society’s expectations of women and all genders and serve as surrogates for a mother, painter, and lesbian coming of age at the turn of the twenty-first century. 

Flying Woman: The Paintings of Katherine Bradford is organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

Katherine Bradford. Woman Flying, 1999. Oil on canvas dropcloth. 84 x 72 in. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Collection, 2012.14 © Katherine Bradford. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Katherine Bradford. Woman in Water, 1999. Oil on canvas. 68 x 80 in. Collection of the artist. © Katherine Bradford

Katherine Bradford. Superman Responds, Night, 2013. Oil on canvas. 48 x 36 in. Private collection. © Katherine Bradford. Image courtesy Julia Featheringill Photography

Katherine Bradford. Fear of Waves, 2015. Oil on canvas. 84 x 72 in. Collection of Peggy and Danny Comden, Los Angeles. © Katherine Bradford. Image courtesy Jason Mandella

Katherine Bradford. Super Flyer, 2013. Oil on canvas. 48 x 36 in. Erica J. Hickey. © Katherine Bradford. Image courtesy Wes Magner