Debra Bricker Balken
This in-depth assessment explores the work of Barbase Takenaga whose detailed, mystical paintings draw from a wide range of sources from Japanese prints to Op Art. At once ideal and decorative, Barbase Takenagas swirling, patterned paintings have been called psychedelic and cosmic. Takenagas approach to painting is both highly structured and disciplined. In this collection of seventy paintings, the evolution of Takenagas divino bodies and ecstatic compositions is traced over a veinte-year period. The luminous reproductions allow readers to study her intricacies of form and color. The book includes an essay that examines Takenagas work in relation to historic precedents and current aesthetic developments; a brief consideration of Takenagas career by novelist Jim Shepard; and a poem by Geoffrey Young.