Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meeting Louise Fishman

I visited the Louise Fishman today, the last day of the show, at the Jack Tilton Gallery.  Upon being buzzed in, I could hear two individuals talking, Fishman and Tilton.  They were discussing "being angry."  I figured it was Louise, eventually wondered up the stairs to see more of her work, and asked Tilton.  "Yes," he nodded, "that's Louise."  I turned back down the stairs and called her name.  She turned around with a warm smile, alongside her partner.  I shook her hand, introduced myself, and thanked her for her work.  I told her how I have been studying her work after the advice of my professors at Brooklyn College and what a honor it was to meet her after reading several recent interviews.  She kindly thanked me.

Aside from this, the work is life changing.

September 5 – October 13, 2012 Reception for the artist September 5, 6 – 8pm
Tilton Gallery is pleased to announce the scheduling of an historical exhibition of paintings by Louise Fishman opening September 5th. “Louise Fishman: Five Decades” is curated by Simon Watson, who has worked with the artist on five exhibitions over the past 30-years.
For this exhibition the Jack Tilton gallery will be divided into thematic zones of historical works from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Works on view will include:
  • Shaped canvases from a solo show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery (1972);
  • Circle paintings from a group show at Paula Cooper Gallery (1972);
  • A painting from the Whitney Annual (1973), her first museum showing;
  • The “Angry Women” paintings of 1973, which were seen most recently in 2008 at PS1/MoMAʼs Wack! Art and the
    Feminist Revolution; and
  • “Remembrance & Renewal” paintings related to the Holocaust, exhibited at the Simon Watson Gallery (1989).
Since 1966, Louise Fishman has been on a personal exploration that allies the themes of feminism, Judaism, and queerness with a visual vocabulary touching on a wide range of expressionist modes of abstraction: from making and breaking the grid to text and calligraphy. Fishmanʼs work of the 1970ʼs ranged from grid paintings, to cut wood paintings, stitched grids and handwritten/hand-painted messages.
Now seventy-three, Fishman is from a generation of artists that includes Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Robert Ryman, and Pat Steir. While Fishman shares similarities with this group of mostly abstract artists, she retains a unique approach to her medium. Known for energetic surfaces of layered color and texture, Fishmanʼs paintings radiate emotional intensity while offering unpretentious subtlety and nuance. They divulge how shifts in color, composition and work process discreetly rework their visual impact. They demonstrate high energy and an accent on process, discovering the visual idea through the process of creating it.
Further, Fishmanʼs 1973 “Angry Women” series was instrumental in her turn towards gesture. The highly charged paintings that comprise the series each represent (by name) important women: heroes, lovers, and friends. They are emotional, messy and expressionistic, as they aspire to reclaim territory long governed by male artists. Fishman's subsequent embrace of gestural abstraction was an affront to traditional art history, specifically to American male painters' domination of Abstract Expressionism. In addition, her disregard for postmodern discourse (“painting is dead”) repositioned and reinvigorated abstract painting, helping to free it from old associations with the prevailing canon.
“Louise Fishman: Five Decades” at Jack Tilton Gallery will be contemporaneous with an exhibition of new paintings by the artist at Cheim & Read; it will be Fishmanʼs seventh solo exhibition with Cheim & Read.
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The Tilton Gallery is located at 8 East 76th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues. For more information, please visit our Web site at or call 212-737-2221.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Detroit Is Not a Utopia


Thursday, October 11, 2012


check out Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn, Washington D.C.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

LOUISE FISHMAN with Sharon Butler

Check out this interview with Louise Fishman in this months Brooklyn Rail:

"The painting, and my experience in the studio — and I think most painters would say this— is really all there is. The rest of it is fluff. One has to be careful not to get seduced by success, which is really difficult and, particularly for young people, but even at my age, it’s very seductive. Things that happen around one’s work, when there is a positive response out there, can turn in a second. The audience for art is very fickle."

Mickalene Thomas

Amazed today by the paintings of Mickalene Thomas at the Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Black Angels - You in Colour

jackson pollock guggenheim application

Mr. Pollock once said

"I’ll never be satisfied until I’m able to mould a mountain of stone with the aid of a jack hammer to fit my will.”

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