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Edna Andrade - Locks Gallery op art

Color Motion 4-64, 1964
oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Edna Andrade Locks Gallery op art

Tribute to King, 1968

oil on canvas

40 x 40 inches

Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art

Edna Andrade Locks Gallery op art

Turbo 1-65, 1965

oil on canvas

50 x 50 inches

Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art

Edna Andrade - Locks Gallery op art

Radiant Ellipse 2-65, 1965
oil on linen
46 x 46 inches

Edna Andrade - Locks Gallery op art

Radiant Ellipse 3-65, 1965
oil on linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches

Edna Andrade - Locks Gallery op art

Ahmet Hello, 1967
oil on linen
24 x 36 inches

Edna Andrade - Locks Gallery op art

Cold Planet, 1965
oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

Artist Bio

Edna Wright Andrade (1917-2008) lived and worked in Philadelphia for the majority of her career after first moving to the city to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Renowned for her challenging optical and hard-edged abstract paintings, the artist had a significant influence on the Philadelphia art scene for over forty years. At PAFA Andrade was awarded two Cresson Traveling Scholarships that allowed her to visit Europe, exposing her to Bauhaus ideologies and post-war artists that indelibly influenced her approaches to color, abstraction, and teaching. During World War II, she worked under architect Eeron Saarinen for the Office of Strategic Services designing charts, maps, and graphs. Andrade went on to be a celebrated educator at the Philadelphia College of Art and in 1996 was awarded the College Art Association Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In her career-spanning investigations into the nature of perception, she balanced her interests in fine arts, hand made crafts, and public projects. This would lead her to experiment with artist editions throughout her career and complete commissions for the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Salvation Army. Additionally, she was influenced by many realms outside of fine arts including architecture, philosophy, mathematics, psychology, and design. Her later works are delicate and masterful graphite drawings of the rocky coast of Maine, returning to her formal PAFA training and the representational subjects of her early landscape paintings.

Andrade was the focus of two major retrospectives during her lifetime: in 1993, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2003, at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She was included in the Op Art publication by Joe Houston, Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, in 2007. The artist’s work is in numerous museums throughout the U.S. including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Baltimore Art Museum.

Optical // Obstacle
First Floor Gallery
Optical // Obstacle
Anni Albers, Edna Andrade, Dadamaino October 5 – November 10, 2018
Edna Andrade: Prints
3rd Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Prints
February 3 – March 18, 2017
Edna Andrade: Symmetries
Second Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Symmetries
February 3 – March 18, 2017
Edna Andrade
Third Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Paintings and Works on Paper June 17 – July 27, 2016
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Astrologer's Garden May 13 – June 27, 2015
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Works on Paper: 1959–1962 September 4 – October 13, 2012
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Drawings 1958-1993 September 1 – October 9, 2010
1968
First Floor Gallery
1968
May 7 – June 11, 2010
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Toward Infinity April 29 – June 13, 2009
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Optical Paintings January 19 – February 24, 2007
Fête
Exhibition
Fête
Edna Andrade, Donald Baechler, Stuart Netsky, Walter Martin & Paloma Muniz, Virgil Marti, Jane Irish, Richard Artschwager, Frank West, Jill Bonovist November 17 – December 16, 2006
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Geometry's Garden April 21 – May 26, 2006
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Paintings and Drawings from the 1970s January 16 – February 28, 2004
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Rocks and Cliffs December 6, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Edna Andrade: Works on Paper
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Works on Paper
November 19 – December 31, 1993
Exhibition
Looking Back: The Seventies at Marian Locks, Edna Andrade, Thomas Chimes, James Havard, Elizabeth Osborne, and Warren Rohrer
December 12, 1989 – January 30, 1990
Jennifer Bartlett and Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Jennifer Bartlett and Edna Andrade
at the Met Breuer September 13, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Edna Andrade
Publication
Edna Andrade
Monograph Release June 22, 2015
Edna Andrade
Video
Edna Andrade
Video: A Vision Transformed—A Profile of Artist Edna Andrade May 13, 2015
Locks Gallery Artists at PAFA
Exhibition
Locks Gallery Artists at PAFA
Jun 27, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Philadelphia Museum of Art April 2014
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Delaware Art Museum 02/01/2014
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World at PAFA
Exhibition
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World at PAFA
Nov 17, 2012 - Apr 7, 2013
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Color Motion: Edna Andrade Print Retrospective at the Print Center Sep 14, 2012 - Nov 17, 2012
Andrade, Moore, and Neff at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Exhibition
Andrade, Moore, and Neff at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Jun 3, 2011
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, and Lynda Benglis
Review
Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bartlett, and Lynda Benglis
New York Times review by Roberta Smith September 14, 2017
Edna Andrade: Artforum Critic's Pick
Writing
Edna Andrade: Artforum Critic's Pick
Astrologer's Garden at Locks Gallery by Marina Isgro 05/28/2015
Edna Andrade: Philadelphia Inquirer
Writing
Edna Andrade: Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2012

"An outpouring of art" by Amy S. Rosenberg

Edna Andrade: Philadelphia Inquirer
Writing
Edna Andrade: Philadelphia Inquirer
10/03/2010

"Andrade outdoors" by Edith Newhall

Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints
Publication
Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints
Text by John Caperton 2012
Edna Andrade: Drawings (1958-1993)
Publication
Edna Andrade: Drawings (1958-1993)
2010
Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 1963-1986
Publication
Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 1963-1986
Text by Debra Bricker Balken 2003
Edna Andrade Paintings: 1960s-1990s
Publication
Edna Andrade Paintings: 1960s-1990s
Text by Debra Bricker Balken 1997
Cool Waves and Hot Blocks: The Art of Edna Andrade
Publication
Cool Waves and Hot Blocks: The Art of Edna Andrade
Text by Ann Sutherland Harris 1993
Edna Andrade
Publication
Edna Andrade
Text by Debra Bricker Balken and Joe Houston 2015