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Janet Cooling in artnet

“Janet Cooling: 1978–1982” at Jack Hanley Gallery

This show, which is curated by Ashton Cooper, looks at a brief period in the career of Janet Cooling. The works in the show were made as Cooling was transitioning from Chicago, where she absorbed the influence of the Imagists, to New York, where her work fit into a new wave of queer art-making developed by artists such as Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, and Roger Brown. Against the backdrop of the “death of painting” and the emergence of the the AIDS crisis, Cooling held a “romantic sensibility of the artwork as an expression of personal feeling,” according to a release. Cooling was included in the US Pavilion at the 1984 Venice Biennale in a show organized by Marcia Tucker.

— Pac Pobric

Janet Cooling in artnet