Dennis Dawson. Murder Ballads

20 Oct 2016 – 27 Nov 2016


New York
New York, United States


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frosch&portmann is pleased to present Murder Ballads, the gallery’s first solo exhibition by Dennis Dawson.


Fascinated by the murder ballad genre—the detailed recount of a true or mythic crime—Dawson paints “Darling Cora”, “Blue Eyed Ella”, “Poor Laurie Foster” or “Omie Wise”. His portraits of female murder victims emit an aura of sadness, thus not lacking humor, they witness past times. Scots-Irish settlers brought the ballads to the new world, mostly to the southern Appalachian Mountains. Often adapted to fit local stories and murder cases, the lyrics are reflective of the sometimes dark, misogynist, and patriarchal culture from which they sprang.

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Dennis Dawson


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