The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking 8 by 15 feet watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public in May 2017.
As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.
The drawings displayed in this exhibition served as references for the world’s largest known watercolor and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.
BARBARA PREY PROJECTS will be open daily from 10am-5pm between July 1 and September 20.