Writers & Artists Respond

Louise Fishman


Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibition Galleries

Join painter Louise Fishman for an artist led walkthrough of Chaim Soutine: Flesh and learn about the impact that Soutine, known for his gestural and densely painted canvases, had on Fishman’s own work.

Louise Fishman’s work celebrates process. In monumental, energetic surfaces of densely layered color and texture, her paintings exemplify a driven exploration of materials and mark-making. Using scrapers and trowels, along with more traditional paintbrushes, Fishman constructs loosely-gridded compositions by adding, scraping away and re-applying paint, sometimes working and reworking canvases over a long period of time. Her work is in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; and the Jewish Museum. Awards include three National Endowment for the Arts grants; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. She has also participated in several artists’ residencies, most recently at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy. Fishman has had recent solo exhibitions at Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. In 2016, the Neuberger Museum of Art organized the artist’s first retrospective, curated by Helaine Posner. In Fishman’s hometown of Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art held a concurrent exhibition of her small-scale work, Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock, curated by Ingrid Schaffner.She is represented by Cheim & Read Gallery in New York.

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; RSVP Recommended

Installation view of the exhibition Chaim Soutine: Flesh, May 4 – September 16, 2018, The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: Jason Mandella