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Artist Retrospective Draws On Sexism Among Themes At Neuberger Museum

Louise Fishman, The Art of Losing, 2003. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 inches, 203.2 x 152.4 centimeters.
Louise Fishman, The Art of Losing, 2003. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 inches, 203.2 x 152.4 centimeters. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Louise Fishman and Cheim & Read, New York

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Louise Fishman: A Retrospective will run April 3 to July 31 at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase.

Lousie Fishman, 77, is an American artist whose work not only embraces the Abstract Expressionist tradition but reinvents it. It has long fought for the meaningful recognition that Neuberger Museum of Art Chief Curator Helaine Posner believes has eluded many women artists because of sexism and other cultural biases, said a release.

“She’s at the top of her game," Posner said.

In the 224-page, illustrated catalogue that accompanies the exhibition, "Louise Fishman: A Retrospective," the museum's director Tracy Fitzpatrick notes that the “Neuberger Museum of Art collaborates with artists whose work is not only of the highest art historical significance and aesthetic quality but also demonstrates critical perspectives that have influenced their peers and had a lasting impact on younger generations. Louise Fishman is such an artist.”

Contributors to the catalogue include: Posner; Ingrid Schaffner, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; art critic and writer Nancy Princenthal; and Carrie Moyer, painter, art critic and an associate professor at Hunter College.

The Neuberger exhibition features over 50 works, created by the artist from 1968 through 2015.

It traces the course and development of Fishman’s career, featuring early hard-edged grid paintings of the late 1960s, feminist-inspired woven-and-stitched works and the explosive “Angry Paintings” of the 1970s, “Remembrance and Renewal” works 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.

“My paintings are very athletic, very musical; they’re architectural,” the artist recently explained to a visitor to her studio, said a release.

The Neuberger Museum of Art is located at 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, N.Y.

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