Louise Fishman: A Retrospective
April 3 – July 31, 2016
Louise Fishman: A Retrospective, the first museum survey of this senior American painter, includes a selection of more than fifty works created by the artist over almost fifty years. Fishman employs the formal language of Abstract Expressionism to create large-scale, gestural abstractions that share the physicality, dynamism, and emotional power of that movement, yet lack the bravado. Visually poetic and intimate in tone, Fishman’s work is informed by a feminist perspective as well as aspects of her Jewish background. This exhibition will trace the course and development of Fishman’s career featuring, hard-edged grid paintings of the late 1960s, feminist-inspired woven-and-stitched works and explosive “Angry Paintings” of the 1970s, “Remembrance and Renewal” paintings made in response to a transformative visit to Auschwitz and Terezin in 1988, culminating in the calligraphic and gestural abstractions for which she is widely known. The retrospective will be accompanied by a multi-essay, fully-illustrated monograph on the artist published by DelMonico Books/Prestel.
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.