Philadelphia

Becky Suss, Bedroom (Wharton Esherick), 2018, oil on canvas, 72 × 84".

Becky Suss, Bedroom (Wharton Esherick), 2018, oil on canvas, 72 × 84".

Becky Suss

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

In recent years, Becky Suss has painted the domestic spaces and personal effects of her late relatives from memory, guesswork, and fantasy, meditating on the mind’s revisionist tendencies while crafting pictorial elegies to familial and cultural histories. For her new series of interiors and object studies, Suss turned her psychological gaze to the material legacy of the celebrated American modernist artist, architect, and designer Wharton Esherick (1887–1970). During a residency at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Chester County, near Philadelphia, she rendered his historic home and studio from life and from photographic documentation. “Becky Suss/Wharton Esherick”—a collaboration between the artist and the museum—placed Suss’s paintings in physical relation to items Suss selected, including furniture, maquettes, and drawings made by Esherick as well as his possessions, such as shirts and

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