Spotlight

Louise Fishman

Frameless Gallery, London (S29)

Louise Fishman, Blue Diptych, 1975, oil and wax on plywood, diptych, 90.5 × 116 cm. Courtesy: Frameless Gallery, London

Louise Fishman, Blue Diptych, 1975, oil and wax on plywood, diptych, 90.5 × 116 cm. Courtesy: Frameless Gallery, London

Frameless Gallery presents historical works by New York painter Louise Fishman, including lesser known paintings of the 1970s, from the artist’s personal archive.

One of the most respected painters of her generation, Fishman is known for her gestural, brushed, scraped, layered, smeared, raw, and dynamic surfaces, which radiate with energy and movement. Her decisive re-appropriation of gestural abstraction was an affront not only to Abstract Expressionism’s patriarchal lineage, but to postmodernism’s didactic conceptualism. 

Louise Fishman (b. 1939, Philadelphia; lives and works in New York) was heavily involved in the feminist movement of the 1960s-70s. Her work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Whitney Museum (New York), and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.), among others.