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  • Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on metal, 8 1/2 × 7 1/4 × 1 1/4".

    “Louise Fishman: Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock”

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    April 29 - August 14

    Curated by Ingrid Schaffner

    In tandem with an independently organized retrospective at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, this hometown survey of Fishman’s fifty-year-long career features the painter’s esteemed large-scale gestural abstractions alongside a selection of intimate studio investigations—an assortment of miniature paintings, sketchbooks, and small sculptures—that share the same physicality and unapologetic emotional punch as her bigger, iconic works. The exhibition’s hinge is Self-Portrait, Fishman’s 1960 self-portrait as a boxer, one of the artist’s engagements with feminism and queer identity. The show promises to reveal the rigorous material research underlying Fishman’s celebrated career, one dedicated to reclaiming the language of Abstract Expressionism, long dominated by men. The accompanying catalogue features contributions by Helaine Posner, Carrie Moyer, and Nancy Princenthal and an interview with the artist by Ingrid Schaffner, curator of the Fifty-Seventh Carnegie International.