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Leo Kenney, a retrospective : celebrating the mysteries

Author: Leo Kenney; Sheila Farr; Museum of Northwest Art.
Publisher: LaConner, Wash. : Museum of Northwest Art, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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In the mid-1970s Leo Kenney was at the height of his celebrity. Influenced by Surrealism as well as by Northwest painters Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, Kenney captivated audiences with his meticulous gouache technique, luminous colour, and imagery that uniquely reflected the times. Kenney quit high school in 1943, on his 18th birthday, to devote himself to painting. Just two years later, the Seattle Art Museum  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition catalogues
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Named Person: Leo Kenney; Leo Kenney
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Kenney; Sheila Farr; Museum of Northwest Art.
ISBN: 0295979607 9780295979601 0295979615 9780295979618
OCLC Number: 43615412
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Museum of Northwest Art, June 2-Oct. 1, 2000.
"In association with University of Washington Press, Seattle and London."
Description: 99 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments / Susan Parke --
Foreword / Barbara Straker James --
Leo Kenney: The Seed and Beyond / Sheila Farr.
Other Titles: Celebrating the mysteries
Responsibility: foreword by Barbara Straker James ; essay by Sheila Farr.

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Shows the progression of an artist whose work developed in synchronicity with the spirit of the times and, in the end, transcended it.  Read more...

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