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Art Works

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Steam Engine circa 1970s...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Steam Engine

circa 1970s

mixed media on unstretched canvas

83 x 139 1/2 inches (210.8 x 354.3 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal The Four Cardinal Points...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

The Four Cardinal Points Are Three: North and South

circa 1970s

lampblack pigment, masking tape, and pastel on unstretched canvas

85 1/4 x 144 1/2 inches (216.5 x 367 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Thelonius Searching Those...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Thelonius Searching Those Familiar Keys (from the Whales Fucking series)

circa 1980s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Toni's Rose Petals (f...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Toni's Rose Petals (from the Whales Fucking series)

1981

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Hammem circa 1984 mixed m...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Hammem

circa 1984

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Running With My Black Pan...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Running With My Black Panthers and White Doves  a.k.a Running with My Daemons (from the Panthers In My Father's Palace series)

circa 1989-1990

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm)

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Kurban, A Sweeter Day to...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Kurban, A Sweeter Day to Come (from the Panthers In My Father's Palace series)

circa 1989-1990

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Try a Little Tenderness c...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Try a Little Tenderness

circa early 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Pink Self Portrait (from...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Pink Self Portrait (from the Two Deserts, Three Winters series)

circa early-mid 1990s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Forbidden Fruit (from the...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Forbidden Fruit (from the Lost in the Medina series)

circa 1990s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal There Are No Such Thing A...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

There Are No Such Thing As Witches (But They Do Exist), No. 2

circa mid-late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Long Ago and Far Away, Ag...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Long Ago and Far Away, Age Upon Age, My Tillie

circa late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Sunrise circa late 1990s...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Sunrise

circa late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Grave Robbers 4 circa 199...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Grave Robbers 4

circa 1998

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Set Them Wings on That Ta...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Set Them Wings on That Table a.k.a Dem Bones

circa 1998

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)  

Mary Lovelace O'Neal If He Whispers to Me, I&#...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

If He Whispers to Me, I'll Know He's the One

circa 1999-2000

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal She is Living in the Clou...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

She is Living in the Clouds

circa early 2000s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Nemesio's Black Showe...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Nemesio's Black Showers

circa early 2000s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Steam Engine circa 1970s...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Steam Engine

circa 1970s

mixed media on unstretched canvas

83 x 139 1/2 inches (210.8 x 354.3 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal The Four Cardinal Points...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

The Four Cardinal Points Are Three: North and South

circa 1970s

lampblack pigment, masking tape, and pastel on unstretched canvas

85 1/4 x 144 1/2 inches (216.5 x 367 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Thelonius Searching Those...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Thelonius Searching Those Familiar Keys (from the Whales Fucking series)

circa 1980s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Toni's Rose Petals (f...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Toni's Rose Petals (from the Whales Fucking series)

1981

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Hammem circa 1984 mixed m...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Hammem

circa 1984

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Running With My Black Pan...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Running With My Black Panthers and White Doves  a.k.a Running with My Daemons (from the Panthers In My Father's Palace series)

circa 1989-1990

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm)

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Kurban, A Sweeter Day to...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Kurban, A Sweeter Day to Come (from the Panthers In My Father's Palace series)

circa 1989-1990

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Try a Little Tenderness c...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Try a Little Tenderness

circa early 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Pink Self Portrait (from...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Pink Self Portrait (from the Two Deserts, Three Winters series)

circa early-mid 1990s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Forbidden Fruit (from the...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Forbidden Fruit (from the Lost in the Medina series)

circa 1990s

mixed media on canvas

81 x 138 inches (205.7 x 350.5 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal There Are No Such Thing A...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

There Are No Such Thing As Witches (But They Do Exist), No. 2

circa mid-late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Long Ago and Far Away, Ag...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Long Ago and Far Away, Age Upon Age, My Tillie

circa late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Sunrise circa late 1990s...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Sunrise

circa late 1990s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Grave Robbers 4 circa 199...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Grave Robbers 4

circa 1998

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Set Them Wings on That Ta...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Set Them Wings on That Table a.k.a Dem Bones

circa 1998

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)  

Mary Lovelace O'Neal If He Whispers to Me, I&#...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

If He Whispers to Me, I'll Know He's the One

circa 1999-2000

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

Mary Lovelace O'Neal She is Living in the Clou...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

She is Living in the Clouds

circa early 2000s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm)

Mary Lovelace O'Neal Nemesio's Black Showe...

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Nemesio's Black Showers

circa early 2000s

mixed media on canvas

84 x 60 inches (213.4 x 152.4 cm) 

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Press Release

Mary Lovelace O'Neal

Chasing Down the Image

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce Chasing Down the Image, a solo exhibition by Mary Lovelace O’Neal. The exhibition will survey over five decades of the artist’s work, spanning the late 1960s through the 2000s. This will be O’Neal’s first solo exhibition in New York in over 25 years. On view from February 6 through March 21, 2020, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

 

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Mary Lovelace O'Neal

May 1, 2020

By: Jan Avgikos

 

Though the seventy-eight-year-old Mary Lovelace O’Neal’s art and achievements warrant great acclaim, she is, unfortunately, little known. It’s no small wonder: O’Neal is a black woman based on the West Coast. She was not celebrated in the much touted “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” which originated at London’s Tate Modern in 2017 and traveled around the world. “Chasing Down the Image,” a mini retrospective covering five decades of her paintings at Mnuchin Gallery—O’Neal’s first show in New York since 1993—aimed to remedy that omission.

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Mary Lovelace O'Neal at Mnuchin Gallery

April 28, 2020

By: Jonathan Goodman

 

This remarkable show, of the abstract- and minimalist-inspired paintings of the established painter Mary Lovelace O’Neal, based in Oakland and Mexico, but an under-recognized and important artist in New York’s regard. It is her first show here in more than two-and-a-half decades. The artist, a daughter of a music professor, was born in Alabama but lived in a number of states. In 1964, she received her BFA from Howard University; then, in New York, she received her degree from Columbia University in 1969. Following the award of her degree, Lovelace O’Neal made her way to Oakland, where she taught at a number of schools, including Berkeley, where she became a professor in 1979. Her style, marvelously vibrant and abstract, relies on texture for expressiveness, as much as form and color.

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9 Must-See Shows in New York This March

March 3, 2020

By: Casey Lesser

Mnuchin’s survey of Mary Lovelace O’Neal is a welcome spotlight on the underrepresented 78-year-old artist. Made between the 1960s and the 2000s, the bold paintings on view include unstretched canvases saturated with pigment and dashed with narrow wisps of color; giant pulsating expressionistic paintings with feverish brushstrokes and rashes of drips; and spiritual color fields doused in rich, translucent hues.

9 Must-See Shows in New York This March

A Painter and Social Activist With an ‘Unruly Nature’

Mary Lovelace O’Neal returns to New York at 78 with a solo show and an undimmed aversion to being pigeonholed.
March 1, 2020

By Wendy Moonan

 

The idea was born in an instant.

A curator attending an opening at the Baltimore Museum of Art was immediately captivated by a painting from an artist she had barely heard of, Mary Lovelace O’Neal.

Three months later, a five-decade retrospective opened at the Mnuchin Gallery in Manhattan, Ms. Lovelace O’Neal’s first solo show in New York since 1993, and a chronicle of a career that started with social activist art at the heart of the civil rights movement.

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At 77, the Abstract Painter Mary Lovelace O’Neal Will Be the Latest Artist to Get the Rediscovery Treatment at Mnuchin Gallery
December 3, 2019

By: Eileen Kinsella

 

New York’s Mnuchin Gallery is known for staging major, multimillion-dollar exhibitions of 20th century titans, from Willem de Kooning to David Hammons. But now, it is planning an ambitious solo exhibition of an artist who the gallery’s director hadn’t even heard of until earlier this year. In February, Mnuchin will present the first New York solo show of 77-year-old West Coast artist Mary Lovelace O’Neal in 25 years.

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