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Louise Fishman’s paintings are characterized by layers of thick and thin paint, rough brushwork, and scraping—techniques that gesture back to the historically male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement—whereas their overall compositions suggest woven patterns recalling traditionally feminine crafts.
The two paintings by Fishman included in the 2014 Biennial were inspired by the artist’s recent residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice. The melding of order and chaos that she encountered while touring the city’s famous blue-green canals and labyrinthine alleyways aligned with the direction her painting has taken since the early 1990s. Artworks that Fishman made during this period reveal her efforts to resolve the two apparently opposing tendencies she has worked through as an abstract painter since the mid-1960s—the hard-edge objectivity of the grid and the gestural subjectivity of expressionism.
Louise Fishman’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace