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Marina Adams’ Radical “Soft Power”

Marina Adams’ “Soft Power” opened last week at Salon 94 Bowery in New York. On view through February 18, it is the artist’s first with the gallery, and includes a series of new paintings, both large-scale and small.

Adams is an abstract painter, working from her studio in New York and spending summers in the countryside of Italy. She sees her work as opening a space for thought, through bright colors and forms she’s sketched or drawn before transferring those gestures onto canvas. That act of creating the freedom for ideas she sees as radical, and even dangerous—but a “soft power,” to be sure.

When Whitewall spoke with Adams late last year, she told us that she approaches her work as a practice. This was key, because as a practice, the possibility of fear is eliminated...

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