Louise Fishman: A Retrospective

  • Sep 30, 2017 – Dec 22, 2017
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Louise Fishman, "Angry Louise", 1973. Acrylic on paper, 26 x 40 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York.

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. 

Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Louise Fishman has been a role model and influence for two generations of younger artists. She earned her BFA from Tyler School of Fine Arts and her MFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign, after which she moved to New York. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the U.S., and is included in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Denver Art Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Jewish Museum, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

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.

Related Programs:

Artist Conversation + Reception with Louise Fishman • Friday, Oct 6, 6-8:30pm

Blue Mountain: Forecast Concert • Thursday, Oct 26, 7-8pm

Panel Discussion: Feminism and Gay Women's Lives • Thursday, Nov 2, 7pm (note date change)

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Tour • Tuesday, Dec 12, 12-12:30pm

Thursday night programs are made possible with generous support from Lincoln Financial Foundation.

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2017 17DAYS Greensboro’s Arts & Culture Festival. For a list of other cultural programs during the festival, visit the official 17DAYS website.


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