Meghan Keane, Displacement
March 1-26, 2016

Opening Reception + Book Launch: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment

For Equity Gallery’s fourth exhibition, Keane presents paintings featuring Colombian refugees whom she painted while staying in the outskirts of Bogotá. Keane’s oeuvre explores the possibility of painting individuals who are under-represented in this medium.

Keane’s interest in respectfully honoring her sitters permeates all aspects of the work. She structured this project with contracts mandating that the foundation receive 50% commission on net sales from this body of work. As hoped, this unconventional fiscal partnership between artist and subject has already had profound social impact – one painting acquired by a private collector in Zurich underwrote the foundation’s operating expenses for two months.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Equity Gallery and MKS Press are co-publishing a monograph, Meghan Keane: Displacement, Desplazamiento.

In addition, Equity Gallery will host a panel discussion on Friday, March 11, an adult drawing workshop Friday, March 18, and a family drawing workshop followed by an evening musical performance on Saturday, March 26, in conjunction with this exhibition. Details for these events will be announced on Equity Gallery’s website.

Meghan Keane is an American painter and printmaker, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is increasingly known for her unexpected, peripatetic approach to generating work. Her paintings have been published in The New York Times and four prints of work from Displacement are on long-term display at Princeton University. Keane was trained at Parsons School of Design, Brooklyn College, USFQ Ecuador and Université de Paris. She has lived and worked in New York since 2001.

About Artists Equity

New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City. For more information, please visit www.nyartistsequity.org.

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Image: Meghan Keane, Angi (detail), 73 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2013, © Meghan Keane