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b. 1941, United States

Suzan Frecon Biography

Suzan Frecon is known for her large-scale oil and watercolour paintings typically inhabited by geometric and asymmetrical forms that interrogate the architecture of painting.

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Frecon's engagement with geometry began early in her career. In a 2005 interview for The Brooklyn Rail with writer John Yau, she noted that she had 'always craved geometric solutions', taking inspiration from the geometric compositions found in the work of Old Masters such as Cimabue, and the cathedrals that surrounded her during her studies in Paris in the 1960s. The powerful geometry of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, whose work she saw at MoMA PS1, New York, in 1989, also left a lasting impression.

Central to Suzan Frecon's work is an investigation of the structure of painting, and a drive to reach harmony, as she told Art & Antiques in 2012, between the 'empty' and 'full' spaces of a composition. To do this, the artist creates a variety of textures and surfaces within one painting. In notitle (2018), an oil on wood panel painting, for example, the central blue shape's rough brushwork contrasts the smooth brown background.

Products of careful planning, the spatial relationship between the abstract shapes and their environments in Suzan Frecon's paintings prompts thorough contemplation on the viewer's part. In such paintings as noh (2017), half-ellipse forms appear to float in an expanse of colour, exuding what Yau described in a 2017 review for Hyperallergic as 'a state of calm buoyancy'.

Frecon held one of her first solo exhibitions at John Davis Gallery in Akron, Ohio, in 1981. Her work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial twice—in 2000 and 2010 respectively—and her major solo exhibition, form, color, illumination: Suzan Frecon painting (2008), was presented at The Menil Collection in Houston, and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland. Frecon has been represented by David Zwirner since 2008.

Suzan Frecon's works can be found in the public collections of Diözesanmuseum Freising, Germany; Kunstmuseum Bern; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago; among others.

Suzan Frecon Solo Exhibitions include:

Suzan Frecon: oil paintings, David Zwirner, New York (2020); Julia Haft-Candell / Suzan Frecon, parrasch heijnen gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Suzan Frecon, David Zwirner, Hong Kong (2018); Ruth Laskey & Suzan Frecon, Ratio 3, San Francisco (2014); Suzan Frecon: drawing painting, The Drawing Center, New York (2002).

Suzan Frecon Group Exhibitions include:

EFAbstract, EFA Project Space, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2020); Di fuochi e accesi sensi: painting, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (2019); SPLIT, Zürcher Gallery, New York (2017); Architecture of Life, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley (2016); Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960–2014, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2014).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

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persian mare mars by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting
Suzan Frecon persian mare mars, 2022 Oil on linen
274.3 x 222.6 x 4.1 cm
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kimono lantern 1 by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting
Suzan Frecon kimono lantern 1, 2023 Oil on linen on aluminium panel
74.9 x 61 x 4.1 cm
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tessera 2 by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting
Suzan Frecon tessera 2, 2021 Oil on linen
274.3 x 222.3 x 4.1 cm
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el cant de la sibilla (for Glenn Heim) by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting
Suzan Frecon el cant de la sibilla (for Glenn Heim), 2021 Watercolour on agate burnished old Indian ledger rag paper
42.2 x 30.5 cm
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four color formulation (trial 1) by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Suzan Frecon four color formulation (trial 1), 2018 Oil on wood panel
30.5 x 24.8 x 2.5 cm
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Terre rouge by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Suzan Frecon Terre rouge, 1999 Watercolour on old Indian ledger paper
14 x 65 cm
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Cathedral series dark reds by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting
Suzan Frecon Cathedral series dark reds, 2013 Oil on panel
30.5 x 24.8 cm
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Dark red composition by Suzan Frecon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Suzan Frecon Dark red composition, 2013 Watercolour on double weight Indian Juste paper
27.3 x 73.7 cm
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