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Teresita Fernández Biography

Best known for her public works and unconventional use of materials, Teresita Fernández’s work challenges viewers with a new vocabulary of 'seeing'. Often inspired by natural phenomena and historical and cultural references, the artist works less with scientific knowledge than with emotional responses. Describing a universe in balance, the phrase 'as above, so below' originates from the ancient Hermetic tradition central to alchemy, in which every action occurring on one level of reality correlates to every other. The artist's ability to transform materials and their spatial environment into evocative and poetic spaces, is also indicative of her intentions to render the viewer's experience into pure effect.

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She was the 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant, an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. In 2011, President Obama appointed Fernández to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises the President, Congress and governmental agencies on national matters of design and aesthetics.

Teresita Fernández Featured Artworks

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Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 3 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezBlack Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 3, 2020Solid charcoal, wood, and mixed media on aluminium panel
182.9 x 342.9 x 5.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezGhost Vines (Yellow Gold), 2015Brass
235 x 331.5 x 11.1 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Black Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 2 by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezBlack Beach(Unpolished Diamond) 2, 2020Solid charcoal, wood, volcanic rock, and mixed media on aluminium panel
182.9 x 342.9 x 5.7 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Seep Sun(Fence) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezSeep Sun(Fence), 2019Mirror-finished perforated stainless steel
75 x 75 x 4 3/8 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Twins (Mirror Image) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezTwins (Mirror Image), 2019Charcoal
105 x 105 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Golden (Stacked Lines) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezGolden (Stacked Lines), 2015Gold chroming and India ink on wood panel
30.5 x 274.3 x 5.1 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Golden (Scene 4) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezGolden (Scene 4), 2014Gold chroming and India ink on wood panel
20.3 x 15.3 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Golden (Scroll 3) by Teresita Fernández contemporary artwork
Teresita FernándezGolden (Scroll 3), 2014Gold chroming and India ink on wood panel
50.8 x 203.2 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Teresita Fernández Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Teresita Fernández Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, London, Seoul

Teresita Fernández In Ocula Magazine

Teresita Fernández In Related Press

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Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States Related Press Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States 20 April 2018, Hyperallergic

A nation is a strange, abstracted construction: an aggregate of people, most of whom will never meet each other, who are nevertheless understood to be fellow citizens — that is, collaborators in some shared political project. American Landscape, on view at Lehmann Maupin gallery until May 5, presents two contradictory visions of the United...

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Teresita Fernández at Lehmann Maupin, New York Related Press Teresita Fernández at Lehmann Maupin, New York 1 June 2017, Art in America

Among the fascinating aspects of Teresita Fernández's probing, landscape-themed exhibition, titled Fire (America), was her use of natural materials: clay, fire, charcoal, and paper. Installed on the back wall, the eight-foot-high, sixteen-foot-wide Fire (America) 5, all works 2017, appeared as a looming, blazing landscape painting from afar but...

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WHAT TO SEE DURING FRIEZE WEEK 2017 Related Press WHAT TO SEE DURING FRIEZE WEEK 2017 3 May 2017, Whitewall

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order will showcase new works from the artist Erwin Wurm's series One Minute Sculptures, which he's been making for 20 years. The series asks viewers to enact a pose with everyday items for just one minute—this time around he's using midcentury modern furniture. These audience-activated sculptures will...

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Teresita Fernandez wants to change the way you think about American landscapes Related Press Teresita Fernandez wants to change the way you think about American landscapes 6 March 2017, The Art Newspaper

When we think of the Hudson River School, we tend to picture majestic vistas, dramatic waterfalls and lush treetops. But a new installation by Teresita Fernández, due to open this spring at the former home of the Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, seeks to remind us that these vistas have always been home to real people—they...

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