Louise Fishman: A Retrospective

Sep 30, 1pm - 5pm

Louise Fishman: A Retrospective photo

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is the only southern venue for the traveling exhibition, Louise Fishman: A Retrospective. This first museum survey of the artist's prolific career features work from 1967 to the present. Fishman employs the formal language of Abstract Expressionism to create large-scale gestural paintings that share the physicality, dynamism, and emotional power of that movement, without its bravado. Fishman's work is highly informed by her deep commitment to feminism, and aspects of her Jewish background. 

The exhibition traces the course and development of Fishman's career. From hard-edged grid paintings of the 1960s, she moved to woven-and-stitched works and the explosive "Angry Paintings" of the 1970s. In 1988, a transformative visit to Auschwitz and Terezin led to a group of paintings inspired by Jewish themes; many of these works are among the forceful and gestural abstractions for which she is widely known today. More.

Louise Fishman: A Retrospective is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and by Susan and James Dubin. Additional support has been provided by Lauren B. Cramer, Helen Stambler Neuberger and James Neuberger, and Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell. Support is also provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Image: Louise Fishman, Angry Louise (detail), 1973. Acrylic on paper, 26 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York.

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