Despo Magoni, Pawn # 7 (detail), 1992, oil on canvas, 17” x 17
Athens born Despo Magoni is a veteran of over 40 exhibitions. Her work has been critically heralded internationally and she is known as a painter of the human condition. In recent years her work has pared down its subject matter to include fewer characters so that the immediacy of her painting now places her in the company of some of the great figurative expressionists from the latter half of this century. Raphael Rubinstein writes, “By a single maneuver, at once elementary and complex, Magoni has turned Art History onits head. In this suite of twenty-three paintings titled The Queen’s Moves in A Game of Chess, Magoni has broken with a thousand precedents by the simple act of making her protagonist a mature woman.”Includes the work of Despo Magoni.This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Maria Catalano-Rand, Mary Donahue, and Raphael Rubinstein. Published by The Art Gallery at Brooklyn College, New York and the Robeson Center Art Gallery.