solo exhibitions








Boston, MA – Steven Zevitas Gallery is pleased to present Shared, an exhibition of recent
work by Chicago-based artist Ann Toebbe. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, May
15 through Saturday, July 5, 2014, with an opening reception Friday, June 6.

On View: May 15 – July 5, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday June 6, 2014, 5:30 – 8 PM

In Shared, Toebbe presents six new paintings on panel and two large works on paper. In the
work, she continues the exploration of interior spaces that has defined her practice over the
past decade. The subject of Toebbe’s work is memories of childhood homes of her friends and
family. Shared takes on the ways in which time and memory shape, clarify and blur our personal

The exhibition has three subjects. The first five paintings focus on the childhood home that
Toebbe’s friend and former nanny, Hortencia, shared with her family. The work originated in a
collaboration, with Hortencia making sketches of the home and discussing the paintings with
Toebbe as they took shape. Of the work, Toebbe has stated:

The idea for the paintings in Shared started with Hortencia's stories of growing up in a large family in a
small house. Once I stumbled on this theme, I thought of my family and many friends who, due to lack
of space, had to share a room and sometimes a bed with their siblings. Presently my two daughters
share a bedroom in our small condo in Chicago.

In two other paintings, Toebbe draws on recollections of the room she shared with her sister and
the bedroom of childhood friends who lived down the street. Finally, Toebbe presents two large
works on paper that represent the bedroom two of her aunts shared as children.

Toebbe received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2004. She has been the recipient of
numerous awards, including a 2005 Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and the West Prize
Finalist Award in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Monya Rowe Gallery in New
York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Toebbe’s work is held in numerous
collections, including: The Saatchi Collection, The Progressive Collection, and the Jimenez-
Colon Collection. This is Toebbe’s second solo exhibition at Steven Zevitas Gallery.

The artist will be present for an opening reception Friday, June 6th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. For
additional information, please contact Steven Zevitas at 617.778.5265 (ext. 22). Gallery hours
are Tuesday through Saturday, 11AM – 5 PM.