"Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture, which emerged around 1970 in relation to photorealist painting. Together with Duane Hanson and John De Andrea, her contemporaries, she was one of the three leaders that started the movement by making life like sculptures that portray their models precisely. While Hanson used uniforms and props to achieve a Pop Art irony, and De Andrea continues to explore the love relationships of men and women, Feuerman’s sculptures have always visualized a natural beauty and a sense of inner peace. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of super-realism’ by art historian John Spike, Feuerman has solidified her place in the rhetoric of art history.
Feuerman’s prolific career has spanned over four decades. She has been the subject of six museum retrospectives to date. Her works continue to be exhibited worldwide. In Italy, she has exhibited four times in the Venice Biennale, the Piazza della Repubblica, and the Teatro Romano e Museum Civico in Fiesole. In Asia, she has exhibited in Harbour City; Hong Kong, The National Museum of China, Shanghai, and the Daejeon Museum and Suwon Museums in Korea. Numerous public sculptures have appeared in outdoor venues, including Petrosino Square in New York City and the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of Feuerman’s most recognizable pieces, “The Golden Mean”, can be seen in Riverfront Green Park overlooking the Hudson River and is owned by the City of Peekskill, NY. Her “Monumental Double Diver” is owned by the City of Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California.
In 2011, she founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation in order to generate excitement, interest and passion for the arts and to inspire and award deserving artists with education grants. This year 2016, Feuerman had a solo show, Hero and Leander, at C24 Gallery, in NY, a solo show called, Carole A. Feuerman: Body of work, at the DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, FL, a solo show with her iconic, Monumental Quan, at the Lotte Palace Hotel, New York, NY, The Golden Mean, at The National Hotel, Miami, FL, and Swimmers at the Bernard Markowitz Gallery, Miami, FL. This July she is having a solo show, Reflections, at KM Fine Arts in Los Angeles. In 2017, she will have a solo show on the Grand Canal for the Venice Biennale, a solo show at the Dennis Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan and a solo show at Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, University Center, Michigan.
Her selected private collectors include the Emperor of Japan, President William & Hillary Clinton, Norman Brahman, the Caldic Collection, Mark Parker, Andrey Molchanov, Unlu Menkul Degerler, Ariella Wertheimer, Robert Hurst, and Malcolm Forbes."
By John T. Spike, Art Historian, Assistant Director & Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
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MY SUBJECTS ARE SWIMMERS.
MY MEDIUM IS WATER.
Swimming and water have fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and as a result, have become the essence of my inspiration for my pieces. I loved the beach as a child and many of my fondest memories are of playing in the sand and jumping the waves at Jones Beach on Long Island. I remember with great detail how the delicate water droplets covered my arms and face after returning from a swim, and the patterns that formed on my skin captivated me. I noticed how the human figure radiates a healthy glow while in the water and coming out, and how the water seemed to rejuvenate the body while instilling a sense of harmony, both internally and externally. It was for these reasons that I started drawing swimmers in the second grade, and in the fifth grade, had asked my parents to sign me up for private art lessons on Saturdays. It was both the swimmers and the water that kept my attention from the beginning, and still to this day.
Since 1958, I have concentrated on swimmers and figures with water elements. Through my sculptures, I explore classicism and beauty, which are subjects that have been taboo in contemporary art. There is a conditioned, yet inaccurate, belief that "good" radical art has to reject something that is attractive and pleasing to the eye. I do not reject the concept of beauty, but embrace it. I see it, create it, and portray it with my swimmers, who show emotion, joy, grace, tranquility, and sensuality. They are peace loving, and sometimes pleasure loving. They are satisfied with life and moreover, they are survivors.
My swimmers have their own personalities and tell their own stories. Their stories are my stories, sometimes autobiographical and sometimes stories I just need to tell. While their outward appearance is often one of beauty and tranquility, these elegant faces mask a deeper meaning of heroism, triumph, and liberation. Their titles are derived from islands around the world that I have visited and gained inspiration from over the years. For example, in 1976, I went to the Isle of Capri, Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea and created a sculpture called "Capri" named after that special island. In 1979, inspired by the blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean, I envisioned a swimmer emerging like a phoenix from the sea with water droplets streaming across her face, which took form in my creation of "Catalina". She appears as a proud survivor, beautiful, and strong. In 2005, I made a monumental version, “Grande Catalina”, which John Spike installed in the center of Florence, and that was the beginning of my major public sculptures. In 1981, I created "Innertube", a contemplative sculpture of a swimmer resting peacefully on an inflatable tube. This serene and meditative sculpture led me to create "Survival of Serena" for the 2006 Venice Biennale. She was named after the Island of Venice “the Serene Island” and was created in a monumental scale. One of my more recent pieces, "Next Summer", is named after a very special Island in Michigan called the Summer Island. I am currently working on “Double Diver”, a monumental forty-foot bronze male diver in a handstand with another diver holding his feet. While it isn’t named for an island, it speaks of persistence and the will to succeed, exemplifying integrity, trust and teamwork.
After 56 years of creating swimmers, I continue to be fascinated with the figure in the water with water patterns on them. I love the mechanics of water and its presence as an enduring symbol for life. The symbolism of water is far-reaching and profoundly deep. Water cleanses and purifies. Water touches all people, animals and things. Water connects one land to another. Water moistens and revives. I observe, photograph and sculpt swimmers because we are all swimmers.