Work on View - 16 Clinton Street - ONGOING

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Original monoprints are currently on view and exclusively represented by Sun Collective. Printed by Keane on a Charles Brand etching press at Brooklyn College Printshop, each work is on full sheet deckle edge Fabriano, Italian printmaker paper, and is archivally framed.

Sun Collective
16 Clinton Street
New York, NY

Tues-Sun 1-8pm

Works are on view and available until late fall 2018.

Doing / Living AIR Press Release

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Inaugural Artist-In-Residence



JUNE 16-18


July 14, 2017, New York, NY--Doing / Living presents Brooklyn artist Meghan Keane, a painter and printmaker known for her peripatetic approach to making art. The through line of much of her work is a fascination with the intimate, vulnerable, and vital in life. Most recently this has emerged in her artistic practice as painting portraits by traveling to her subjects, bringing the studio experience into the homes of friends and strangers. 

Keane's installation created during her time as Artist In Residence [seen above] is titled What Is More Feminine Than The X.

Her installation consists of meditatively painted Xs, in pink and red hues, legible from both sides of the muslin fabric on which it is painted. Created on site, her new, enveloping and inhabitable work has a cross-stitched, sewn-painting quality as well as an ode to the X chromosome character.

The portraits of women on view at Doing / Living are from Keane's Monochrome series. Keane's approach to painting people is a conscious act of rendering the previously less seen, visible, and often erased or sidelined, immortal. 

Keane was inspired to exhibit this selection of paintings at Doing / Living after reading a Facebook post by American writer, Rebecca Solnit:

“Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law.

The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.” [excerpted from her post]

Keane: "Solnit describes what I feel so strongly when I paint women; it is a radical act of visibility and permanence."


Artist Talk @ SPACECAMP, Baltimore

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Friday, May 13, 2016

16 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD

with artists
Gordon Fearey
Jerrell Gibbs
Alexander Hernandez
Lauren Lyde
Meghan Keane
Midori Okuyama
Alexander Pergament

Fathers, Brothers, Sons - Group show @ SPACECAMP, Baltimore

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Fathers, Brothers, Sons
Group Exhibition

Curated by MICA Curatorial Practice
Class of 2017

Opening Friday, May 6, 6-9pm
Artist Talk Friday, May 13, 6pm
On view May 6-15, 2016

16 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD

Keane's painting, Untitled (Rik and Nick), 2013featured by MICA Curatorial Practice:

Upcoming group show - SPACECAMP - Baltimore

Added on by m.k.s. is pleased to announce that Untitled (Rik and Nick, Brooklyn) has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming group show, Fathers, Brothers, Sons, curated by MICA Curatorial Practice '17.

Fathers, Brothers, Sons explores 21st century male identity, from youth to adulthood. Eighteen artists look beyond conventional male gender roles in contemporary society to consider questions on sex, intimacy, domesticity, race, and privilege.

Opening Friday, May 6, 6-9pm
On view May 6-15, 2016

16 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD

March 10 - New York Gallery Debut - Solo Exhibition

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Meghan Keane: Displacement

March 1-26, 2016

Opening Reception + Book Launch: 
Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002

New York, New York, February 4, 2016 – Equity Gallery is pleased to announce Displacement, a solo exhibition of Meghan Keane running from March 1 through March 26, 2016, with an opening reception for the public on Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm. This is the artist’s New York gallery debut.

For Equity Gallery’s fourth exhibition, Keane presents paintings featuring Colombian refugees whom she painted while staying in the outskirts of Bogotá. Keane’s oeuvre explores the possibility of painting individuals who are under-represented in this medium. Displacement also features video projections of the artist’s painting process and first person narratives of her subjects’ experiences. She reframes the artist-subject relationship and the viewer’s a priori expectation of what subjecthood (literally) looks like.

Keane’s sitters participated in the project with the hope that it would draw attention to the people who have become displaced due to the ongoing violence in Colombia. They wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves and hoped these paintings would raise awareness of the important work of the foundation they lived at, Fundación Colombia Nuevos Horizontes (FCNH). Run by former refugee Marino Rivera, the foundation provides food, temporary housing and social services guidance to a daily influx of people rendered homeless because they are targeted with acts or threats of violence and helps them transition to a new life in Colombia. Since 2006, the foundation has helped over 3600 displaced people.

Keane’s interest in respectfully honoring her sitters permeates all aspects of the work. She structured this project with contracts mandating that the foundation receive 50% commission on net sales from this body of work. As hoped, this unconventional fiscal partnership between artist and subject has already had profound social impact -- one painting acquired by a private collector in Zurich underwrote the foundation’s operating expenses for two months.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Equity Gallery and MKS Press are co-publishing a monograph, Meghan Keane: Displacement, Desplazamiento. With essay contributions by critics Jill Conner (AS | Artists Studios, Whitehot Magazine) and Jonathan Goodman (Art in America, Brooklyn Rail), anthropologist Sebastián Ramírez Hernández (Princeton University), Carolina Rubio MacWright (immigration lawyer, political artist, Bogotá native) and site photographer Laura Moretti, the monograph situates Keane's paintings as powerfully humanizing gestures amidst the complex Colombian and Latin American socio-political landscape, in addition to positioning her firmly as a significant contributor to contemporary social practice discourse. Keane's paintings are indicative of a larger push by painters to re-value paint as an expressive and democratizing medium. Signed copies of the monograph will be available for sale during the opening reception and book launch on Thursday, March 10.

In addition, Equity Gallery will host a panel discussion on Friday, March 11, an adult drawing workshop Friday, March 18, and a family drawing workshop followed by an evening musical performance on Saturday, March 26, in conjunction with this exhibition. Details for these events will be announced on Equity Gallery’s website.

Meghan Keane is an American painter and printmaker born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is increasingly known for her unexpected, peripatetic approach to generating work. Her paintings have been published in the New York Times and four prints of work from Displacement are on long-term display at Princeton University. Keane was trained at Parsons The New School for Design, Brooklyn College, USFQ Ecuador and Université de Paris. Keane has lived and worked in New York since 2001.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

About Artists Equity

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Parsons, Pratt, Brooklyn College

Added on by m.k.s. is excited to share that Keane has been invited to be a guest critic at Parsons (architecture), Pratt (relief printmaking), and Brooklyn College (lithography) this review season.

Work Selected + Reviewed by AS | Artists Studios

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AS | Artists Studios announced today: "Meghan Keane has scaled the globe, and now AS | Artists Studios, with her ongoing portrait series Pas de Deux that evolved from Project Nihon/sustainable art travel."

Keane's work is now included on AS - Artists Studios the contemporary art platform that showcases the strongest non-represented art in New York City and Paris.

Art critic and AS founder Jill Conner wrote the short essay review of Keane's work and vision. She is in great company with NYC artist colleagues Ernest Concepcion and LaThoriel Badenhausen, among others.

View the work + read the review 

Keane's Paintings Selected by Princeton University

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MKS is pleased to announce that a selection of Keane's Colombian refugee portraits have been chosen by Princeton University to be included in their newest building on campus. 

Four paintings have been selected for reproduction and were flown in and installed earlier this month. This announcement is a long time coming--collaborators Sebastian Ramirez (PhD Anthropology candidate, Princeton University), Marino Rivera (Fundacion Colombia Nuevos Horizontes director) and MKS have been waiting to share the news since the work was selected last fall. 

Please join us in celebrating the honor of having work on long-term display at Princeton -- for both the artist and for the individuals who volunteered to pose for these paintings. These sitters (many of whom are now friends) almost unanimously did so with the hope that it would draw attention to the situation of people just like them, who have become displaced due to the ongoing armed conflict in the country. They wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves, and hoped their participation in these paintings would draw attention to the important work of Marino Rivera's foundation, which provides them all with housing and services while transitioning to a post-displacement life. Keane structured the project and its contracts so that the foundation receives 50% commission on all sales from this body of work; currently the Abuela (below, far left) has sold and is in a private collection in Zurich, Switzerland. This project was independently funded by MKS ( and gallery LIA LAB in Bogota, Colombia, run by Rodrigo Facundo. This series is currently being submitted to museums and public collections, and is being turned into an art book.

Meghan Keane, 2013
Untitled (Abuela, A., S.+O., Don Diego) | 60 x 36 inches each | acrylic on canvas


Bookstore Window Display

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MKS client, [words] Bookstore, was recently featured in an article published on The Village Green. The article showcases the window display of hand-painted, custom-designed shopping bags, created by Keane.

Painting Included in West Village Brownstone Staging

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This week Keane's painting Untitled (Rik and Nick), 36 x 72 inches, 2013, was selected for display in the staging of a multimillion dollar West Village brownstone in anticipation of it going on the market Friday. The work was chosen by a private staging and design firm in New York City. The painting is prominently featured in the library. In addition, multiple other works by Keane already part of the current owners' private collection (dating 2003-2005) are displayed on the penthouse and garden floors.

Guest Critic Season

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Keane was welcomed back as guest critic at Parsons The New School for Design, for mid-term reviews of the undergraduate senior interior design studio. Students are halfway though the design of a multi-program space (museum/gallery, cafe, archives) for the New School art collection; studio is led by architect Wid Chapman

Keane is also a  guest critic for Parsons second year graduate architecture student mid-term later this month; studio led by architect Kimberly Ackert, designer of The Museum at FIT exhibition Dance and Fashion, on view through January 2015. 


Guest Critic at Parsons

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Keane was guest critic today at Parsons The New School for Design, for first week reviews of the senior ID studio. The studio focus is the design of a multi-program space (museum/gallery, cafe, archives) for the New School art collection; studio led by architect Wid Chapman

Pas de Deux Project goes to Paris, Barcelona

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The artist spent the month of May in Paris, with a short detour to Spain, for the destination painting arm of her just-launched PAS DE DEUX PROJECT. Couples were invited to participate in the project and sit for a destination painting--like a destination wedding, but for a painting instead. A few individuals were included, as well as a few still lifes, interiors, and landscapes related to a particular sitter. The month was a much larger success than imagined. The goal was to create eight destination paintings of couples. In the end, twenty one paintings were created and all were acquired. The paintings live with ecstatic collectors in Oregon, Brooklyn, Normandy, Médan, Paris 9me, Paris 3me, Paris 11me, Paris 16me, and Barcelona in their respective private collections.

Quotes and images from this unprecedented project can be found at PASDEDEUXPROJECT.COM






Muse Turns Lens on Painter

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Photo: Mila Matveeva (c) 2014

Photo: Mila Matveeva (c) 2014

Last week on Kate & Bear blog, Mila Matveeva shared for the first time 35mm black and white photographs shot during + after her session as painting muse. The photos are a beautiful testament to Mila's own creative eye. Mila is a photographer, curator, and frequent presence at unconventional venues, such as Brooklyn's new talent locus, Silent Barn.