Based in Boston, Mass., Shelley Reed is an unexpected painter because she does not use color in her current work, although she started out as a colorist. Her palette shrank as she became less interested in exploiting color and more interested in exploring the meaning of Old Master paintings. The result of her ongoing “conversations” with the Old Masters is Animal Instinct, an impressive selection of 26 large-scale black and white paintings of animals posing as people, including a wall-length mural. The CMA is the first museum to present a career retrospective of American artist Shelley Reed.
Presented by Joyce and George Hill
Supported by Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
and Ginny Newell and Bob Wilkins