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Margaret Nielsen: Ecstatic Visions and Unnatural Acts

Main Gallery Jan 28–Mar 26, 1995

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Margaret Nielsen: Ecstatic Visions and Unnatural Acts
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Margaret Nielsen: Ecstatic Visions and Unnatural Acts, 1995
Margaret Nielsen: Ecstatic Visions and Unnatural Acts, 1995

Ecstatic Visions and Unnatural Acts featured more than eighty paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Margaret Nielsen, spanning the artist’s career from 1970 through 1995. This major museum survey linked Nielsen’s artistic production with the tradition of American landscape painting and included works that ranged in size from the diminutive to the large scale. Although reminiscent of such diverse artists as surrealist painter René Magritte and nineteenth-century landscape painter Alfred Bierstadt, Nielsen’s work reflects the intimacy of a private realm where basic elemental forces–fire, water, earth, air–become a source of fantasy and mystery.