About the Artist
A graduate of Cooper Union and a life-long New Yorker, Marilyn Henrion is represented in the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Her award-winning works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. They are in major corporate, museum, and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Newark Museum, Newark NJ, the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland, the International Quilt Study Center Museum, Lincoln, NE, the U.S. State Department Embassy in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, Mitsubishi Trust & Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank and LinkedIn Corporate Headquarters in New York City, Lucent Technologies, Kaiser Permanente, Avaya Corporation, SAS Institute, Carnegie Abbey Country Club, and others. Her works have also been featured in numerous publications, including "Women Designers In The U.S.- 1900-2000", published in 2001 by Yale University Press. Among the grants she has received, was one awarded in 1996 by The Artslink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2005 she was awarded a Fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. With her 24th solo exhibition in 2020 at Noho M55 Gallery, the artist will celebrate her 88th birthday.
About the Work
As a life-long New Yorker, Marilyn Henrion’s aesthetic vision has always been deeply rooted in the urban geometry of her surroundings, from her earlier hand-quilted geometric abstractions to the more recent mixed media works. The European Odyssey series, created in 2018 and 2019, was inspired by the artist’s recent travels in France, Belgium, Austria and Hungary, noting the co-existence of past and present in each of the cities she visited.
Exploring the poetic and pictorial qualities of man-made historic structures while also revealing the weathered majesty of medieval architecture, Henrion transforms the “facts” of the material world to reflect her own experience of a particular place, much as Edward Hopper had done in the last century. The works are composed of Henrion’s digitally manipulated photographs which are pigment printed on cotton, meticulously hand-quilted, and gallery-wrapped on stretched canvas.
In addition to the original artworks, the images in this series are also available as custom-sized museum-quality prints on a variety of substrates, including archival paper, aluminum, canvas, and wood.