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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Louise Fishman

b. 1939, USA

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. Remarkable not only for their technical mastery, her abstractions are also emotionally evocative. Physically stunning, her work is continually re-charged by her viewers’ reactions.

While Fishman’s paintings do not openly narrate the events of her life, they are certainly rooted in her cultural, political and emotional experiences. Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Fishman was active in the feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 70s. During this time, she temporarily abandoned painting for sculptural and material investigations that pursued a more distinctly feminine art. Fishman’s return to painting was anticipated by her seminal 1973 Angry Women series, which represented important figures in the feminist movement. Her subsequent embrace of gestural abstraction unapologetically confronted the male-dominated history of artistic discourse. At a time when postmodernism claimed painting to be 'dead,' Fishman’s decisive re-appropriation of Abstract Expressionism repositioned it for a different era and gender. Continuing her support for the feminist cause, Fishman is also an advocate for gay and lesbian rights. Though she may reference specific personal experiences in her work, the feelings she conveys can be collectively understood.

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Featured Artworks

LINE DRIVE by Louise Fishman contemporary artwork
Louise FishmanLINE DRIVE, 2010 Oil on linen
177.8 x 223.5 cm
Cheim & Read
A BETTER RESURRECTION by Louise Fishman contemporary artwork
Louise FishmanA BETTER RESURRECTION, 2013 Oil on linen
86.4 x 50.8 cm
Cheim & Read
KISS OFF by Louise Fishman contemporary artwork
Louise FishmanKISS OFF, 2000 Oil on linen
96.5 x 53.3 cm
Cheim & Read
MY CITY by Louise Fishman contemporary artwork
Louise FishmanMY CITY, 2002 Oil on linen
203.2 x 177.8 cm
Cheim & Read
APRIL by Louise Fishman contemporary artwork
Louise FishmanAPRIL, 1998 Oil on linen
193 x 116.8 cm
Cheim & Read

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–19 May 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Louise Fishman, Solo Exhibition at Cheim & Read, New York
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7 September–28 October 2017 Louise Fishman Solo Exhibition Cheim & Read, New York

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show The Guardian : 15 April 2018

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event.It...

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Fully fathoming Louise Fishman: two surveys of her work Related Press Fully fathoming Louise Fishman: two surveys of her work artcritical : 9 July 2016

Entering Louise Fishman: A Retrospective, at the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY, feels like balancing on a raft that is inadequate to cross the ocean it is floating on. The exhibition, organized by chief curator Helaine Posner, comprises more than 50 paintings and drawings created between 1968 and the present, and demonstrates the achievement of...

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Louise Fishman's abstract activism Related Press Louise Fishman's abstract activism Interview : 5 May 2016

We often want to create grand myths of artistic genius, of skill and deftness with paint, of sweeping aesthetic lineages and ruptures. As a painter and sculptor, Louise Fishman is certainly all of the above, but the artist has also found time to be an activist and educator committed to queer feminisms. In this way, the New York-based,...

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