Armstrong’s art is a steadfast contrarian bet: she gambles that the basics are still alive—that painterly perceptual traditions can be shaken out of their art-historical wrappings, and resuscitated by sheer passionate craft.
—Alexi Worth, “Martha Armstrong: Up To Now”
Trees, Seas and Objects: February 3 – 27, 2021, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary Responses to Moderism: A New England Perspective: October 10 – December 8, 2019, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME
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News & Reviews:
Martha Armstrong’s Nature Scenes at Bowery Gallery
by Roberta Smith
The New York Times, September 24, 2015
Ms. Armstrong is the suave disciplinarian of a muscular style. She stacks blocky shapes of color that describe one landscape — a hill with some woods and a shack — visible from the window of her Vermont studio that may be her Mont Sainte-Victoire. But her shapes also maintain a nearly sculptural independence, hovering slightly above the image, just beyond legibility. At once improvisational and carefully carpentered, these paintings explode toward the eye, like nature on first sight, at its most welcoming and irrepressible.