Barbara Prey: MASS MoCA Building 6
Opening May 28, 2017
MASS MoCA commissioned Barbara Prey to create the world’s largest known watercolor painting, which depicts the raw architectural state of the museum's new wing (a former textile factory) prior to the commencement of its transformation into long-term exhibition spaces. The work's precision of scale, combined with its particular placement in the renovated building, creates the spatial illusion that the viewer is looking through a window into the building's historical architecture.
At 8 by 15 feet, the piece is, according to MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson, a “technical tour de force” that required the masterful execution of over 120 square feet of watercolor painting, a transparent medium in which any “errors” cannot be erased or hidden.
Installation shots, process images, and studies are below. See the Dropbox folder linked above to download high-resolution image files. Image reuse must be with credit to Barbara Prey Studio.