Art & Art History
Voices: Vera Klement
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
From a catalogue essay published by Brody’s Gallery in Washington, D.C., Judith Russi Kirshner described Vera Klement’s work: “Comparisons with music and literature immediately come to mind in considerations of Vera Klement’s rich paintings; borrowed metaphors are at once more ample and more precise in registering the formal complexities and unexpected juxtapositions of her work. Equally far-ranging is her subject matter which has emerged from abstract canvases of shimmering color of the Seventies, whose compartmentalized organization of distinct but related parts still serves as her basic format.”
Klement’s work is currently represented by Fassbender Gallery in Chicago. Klement (born 1929) has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Tiffany Foundation Award. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Illinois State Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Klement received her degree from Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York and has spent the past two decades working and teaching in Chicago. She has recently retired from her teaching duties at the University of Chicago.