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Purchase College Museum Features Acclaimed Artist Louise Fishman

Artist Louise Fishman with her poodle Sammy Sosa.
Artist Louise Fishman with her poodle Sammy Sosa. Photo Credit: Facebook

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- "Louise Fishman: A Retrospective" opens at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College on Sunday, April 3, and will run through Sunday, July 31.

At age 77, Fishman will enjoy her first career retrospective, organized by the Neuberger Museum.

Fishman, whose work embraces the abstract expressionist tradition but reinvents it, has long fought for the meaningful recognition that Neuberger Museum's chief curator Helaine Posner believes has eluded many women artists because of sexism and other cultural biases.

Posner curated several exhibitions in recent years featuring the work of contemporary women artists who have received significant critical acclaim. She believes this exhibition reflects Fishman’s finest hour: “She’s at the top of her game."

In the 224-page, fully illustrated catalog that accompanies the exhibition, Neuberger director Tracy Fitzpatrick notes, “Neuberger Museum of Art collaborates with artists whose work is not only of the highest art historical significance and aesthetic quality but also demonstrates critical perspectives that have influenced their peers and had a lasting impact on younger generations. Louise Fishman is such an artist.”

Concurrently, an exhibition of Fishman’s sketchbooks, sculpture and miniature paintings works will be shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in "Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock" from May 4 to Aug. 14.

The retrospective at Neuberger will feature more than 50 works created by Fishman from 1968 through 2015.

“My paintings are very athletic, very musical; they’re architectural,” the artist recently explained to a visitor to her studio. “Feminism taught me I could do anything.”

Fishman was active in the feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 70s, and raged against a male-dominated art world. She also became a passionate advocate for gay and lesbian rights.

General admission for the retrospective is $10; it's free for Purchase College students, staff and faculty, as well as Neuberger Museum of Art Circle Level Members. Click here to register and purchase tickets for the event.

For additional information about the event, call Neuberger at 914-914-251-6100 or email nma.education@purchase.edu.

The museum is at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase.

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