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b. 1955, USA

Beverly Fishman Biography

Beverly Fishman is a Philadelphia-born, Detroit-based visual artist. Her colourful geometric abstractions draw upon the visual language of technology, science, medicine, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Graduating with a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1977, Fishman went on to complete an MFA at Yale University, where she was taught by Elizabeth Murray and Judy Pfaff. Early in her career, the artist made many swirling abstractions on paper, a medium she returned to in later works. She also made intricate, abstract paintings—including those in the 'Dividose' series (2005–2012)—that evoke the linear visual patterns of medical imaging devices.

Fishman's most consistent hallmarks throughout her career have been her 'Pills'. Inspiration for these sculptures comes from the many pharmaceuticals available today. From this semi-abstract visual catalogue, sourced online, the artist industrially designs and constructs sculptures. She utilises materials including blown glass, aluminium, chrome and urethane automotive paint, resin, mirrored Plexiglas, and powder-coated metals.

Initially, Fishman's 'Pill's took the very literal figurative form of familiar pills, like those in the 'Drugstores Series' (2000–2008) and Pill Spill (2011). These works developed into subtler representations such as Untitled (Diabetes) (2015), Untitled (opioid addiction, one empty tablet) (2019): colourful geometric abstractions composed of curved rectangular and circular shapes based on particular pharmaceutical products.

In Beverly Fishman's interview with Jason Stopa for Art in America in 2017, she stated 'I work with abstract forms that I do not view as abstract.' Through the shapes of these pills, the artist connects the formal concerns of high Modernism with highly personal issues, such as the struggles of opioid addiction, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder.

Beverly Fishman has exported her distinctive visual forms to a larger format several times for large-scale public art projects, including Rise (2018), for which the artist painted her colourful geometric capsules across the facade of the Detroit City Club Apartments. The artist's work can also be found in public collections such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Istanbul Art Centre, and Miami Art Museum.

As well as being a practicing artist, Fishman was an artist-in-residence and head of painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1992 to 2019.

Beverly Fishman Solo Exhibitions include:

DOSE, CUE Art Foundation, New York (2017); In Sickness and In Health, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia (2015); Pill Spill, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio (2011); Chromo-ecstasy, Artis Causa Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (2008); Breaking the Code, John J. McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio (1996); Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut (1985).

Beverly Fishman group exhibitions include:

Double-Edged: Geometric Abstraction Then and Now, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina (2019); A Dazzling Decade, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas (2017); Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2010); Post-Digital Painting, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan (2002); Interventions, Detroit Institute of Arts (1995); Artists from Yale, London Institute (1989).

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2020

Beverly Fishman Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Opioid Addiction, open depression) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Opioid Addiction, open depression), 2020Urethane paint on wood
109.2 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Untitled (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD), 2021Urethane paint on wood
111.8 x 113.7 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Untitled (Anxiety) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Anxiety), 2018Urethane paint on wood
99.1 x 73.7 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Untitled (Bipolar, Parkinson's, Pain, Gerd) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork works on paper
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Bipolar, Parkinson's, Pain, Gerd), 2020Urethane paint on wood
142.9 x 268.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Untitled (Double Pain) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Double Pain), 2018Urethane paint on wood
96.5 x 86.4 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Dream of Sleep by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Beverly FishmanDream of Sleep, 2020Urethane paint on wood
113.7 x 225.4 x 5.7 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Untitled (Opioid Addiction, Empty Dose) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Opioid Addiction, Empty Dose), 2020Urethane paint on wood
113 x 107.3 x 5.1 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Untitled (Opioid Addiction, ADHD, Insomnia) by Beverly Fishman contemporary artwork sculpture
Beverly FishmanUntitled (Opioid Addiction, ADHD, Insomnia), 2019Urethane paint on wood
100.3 x 100.3 x 5.1 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Beverly Fishman Recent Exhibitions

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