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Emily Berger Art

American, b. 1953

Emily Berger is an American abstract painter based in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings are minimal and gestural, revealing in process and celebrating the hand of the artist. Berger is a member of American Abstract Artists. After graduating from Brown University, Berger earned her MFA in Painting from Columbia University, and attended the Skowhegan School in Maine. She has lectured extensively and participated in numerous artist residencies, including the Norte Maar Adirondacks outpost. Berger has exhibited internationally in numerous galleries and museums. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Drawings and Prints, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Library Special Collection, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art Library; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; and the Delaware Art Museum, among others. Berger works with oil paint on wood panels. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of complementary colors creates a sense of push pull, endowing her compositions with nuanced luminosity. Scraping and scumbling the layers of paint, Berger gives her paintings a textured, painterly, material presence. She describes her method as being in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism—as if an event is taking place in the arena of the painting. Her approach, however, is quite controlled. Despite its structural reliance on the grid, the interplay between planning and the emergence of accidents lends the work a feeling of energy and mystery.

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Ink #8 (Fraying) (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink #8 (Fraying) (Abstract painting) Ink, watercolor on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 11” x 8.25 - 28 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths fr...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

In a Heartbeat (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
In a Heartbeat (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to botto...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Ink #5 (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink #5 (Abstract painting) Ink, watercolor on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 12.25” x 8.25 - 31 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Hit it (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Hit it (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Fire and Ice (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Fire and Ice (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom ...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Blue Note (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Blue Note (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of ...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Ink #4 (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink #4 (Abstract painting) Ink, watercolor, gouache on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 12” x 8.25” - 30,5 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths ...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor, Gouache

Blue on Blue (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Blue on Blue (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom ...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Elegy (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Elegy (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the ...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Rubato #10 (Abstract print)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Rubato #10 (Abstract print) Monotype - Unframed. Plate size: 13.5” x 11.75 - 34 x 30 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizonta...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Monotype

Hit it (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Hit it (Abstract painting) Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Ink #8 (Fraying) (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink #8 (Fraying) (Abstract painting) Ink, watercolor on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 11” x 8.25 - 28 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths fr...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Elegy (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Blue Note (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

In a Heartbeat (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Every Rung (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Fire and Ice (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Ink #5 (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink, watercolor on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 12.25” x 8.25 - 31 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the hori...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor

Ink #4 (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Ink, watercolor, gouache on Arches watercolor paper - Unframed. Image size: 12” x 8.25” - 30,5 x 21 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink, Watercolor, Gouache

Blue on Blue (Abstract painting)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Oil on wood panel - Unframed. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of the surface. An interplay of co...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Rubato #10 (Abstract print)
By Emily Berger
Located in London, GB
Monotype - Unframed. Plate size: 13.5” x 11.75 - 34 x 30 cm. She layers paint in gestural, horizontal swaths from left to right, stacking the horizontal bands from top to bottom of...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Monotype

Emily Berger_Dream of Spain_oil on wood_40 x 30 x 2in_2018._Color Field Painting
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger_Glimmer_oil on wood_14 x 11 x 1 inches_2018_Color Field Painting
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Small Blue Swag , 2016, oil on synthetic paper, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Synthetic Paper

Emily Berger, Jay , 2016, paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Wellfleet #4, 2014, Paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger_Adagio_2019_oil on wood_ 40 x 30 inches_Minimalism
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger_Begin Again_2018_oil on wood_ 40 x 30 inches_Minimalism
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger_Red Ghost_2018_oil on wood_30x24 inches_Minimalism
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger_Not a Day Goes By_oil on wood_48 x 36 inches_2018_Minimalism
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
Emily Berger’s paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. She brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes, incorporatin...
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2010s Color-Field Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Etching # 3, 2016, paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Rag Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Jay #2, 2014, Paper, Ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Garden, 2016, paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Ink, Synthetic Paper

Emily Berger, Wellfleet #5 , 2014, Paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Etching # 1 , 2016, paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Ink, Synthetic Paper

Emily Berger, Wellfleet , 2014, Paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Wellfleet #3, 2014, Paper, ink
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes,...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Paper, Ink

Emily Berger, Maya, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Daylight Moment, 2014, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Audubon, 2014, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Morning, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Snow Day, 2014, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Night Garden , 2015, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Twelve Bar Blues , 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Breath, 2014, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Catch Sight, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Abstract Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Ultra Pink, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Pilgrim Spring, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Samoset, 2014, oil paint, wood panel, Abstraction
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Emily Berger, Swing, 2014, oil paint, wood panel
By Emily Berger
Located in Greenwich, CT
These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. Emily Berger brushes, wipes, rubs, and scrapes...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Emily Berger Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

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