Dorothea Rockburne

Artist Profile Dorothea Rockburne

Beginning in 1950, abstract painter Dorothea Rockburne attended the legendary Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, where classes with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and perhaps most significantly, mathematician Max Dehn, had a seminal influence on her work. Dehn's teachings often merged the mathematical world and the natural world, providing Rockburne with new and complex approaches to her work. Working with varied materials including industrial wrinkle-finish paint, tar, and metal, Rockburne paints, cuts, draws, folds and calculates to create complex works of art built upon mathematical foundations.

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