Feuerman is thrilled to be exhibiting stateside at KM Fine Art in Chicago because she and her sculptures have been globetrotting.
Recently back, from her immensely successful solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Feuerman’s Harbour City pieces are now moving to the Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea and then onto another museum show in Seoul. This exhibition will be followed by upcoming October shows in London and Frankfurt.
Feuerman is also creating an outdoor sculpture park with Mana Wynwood Miami for 2015 Art Basel.
The latest word from curators at the 2015 Venice Biennale is that the illusionary effect of Feuerman’s two monumental sculptors there is so popular, that stopping people from touching the pieces “seems impossible.” Thus, the sculptures now literally have bodyguards.
Feuerman is excited to introduce her newest swimmer Christina to the Windy City. Hopefully, she won’t need a bodyguard. Next Summer and Miniature Serena will join her on display.
Every Feuerman swimmer has a story: Christina is one of Feuerman’s most spontaneous creations.
The sculptor was drawn to the aesthetics of a bathing suit she saw on her birthday in Iceland and imagined what kind of woman would wear such a bold suit with grace and authority. The one piece suit, swimming cap, and high heels speak to empowered womanhood.
There is no such thing as a trivial detail in a Feuerman sculpture: Christina’s left hand is semi clenched into a fist as she elegantly bathes in the sun.
The radiance of her sun warmed skin and her fist refer to what Feuerman calls, “the posture of power”. Christina is equally feminine and delicate, but powerful and liberated as well.
The one piece suit is a classic look juxtaposed against the contemporary silver high heels. This speaks to the generational evolution of the female form and how women choose to empower/express themselves through fashion.
Christina’s coloring and clothing were especially designed for the KM Fine Art Show. A distinct mark of a ‘Feuerman’ is the sculptor’s unique practice of sculpting and painting all clothing and accessories.
Where others simply use actual clothing, Feuerman prefers hand crafted perfection to mere product. Hyper-reality after all, is in the details.
“My Swimmers 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.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carole A. Feuerman | New Works
July 31 – September 15, 2015
Opening Reception with Artist in Attendance: July 31, 5-8pm
KM FINE ARTS | CHICAGO
Chicago, IL (May 19, 2015) - KM Fine Arts is pleased to announce Carole A. Feuerman | New Works, a solo exhibition of new sculptures by the artist, on view from July 31, – September 15, 2015 at the gallery’s Chicago location at 43 East Oak Street, Chicago, IL 60611. The exhibition will feature a selection of both life-size and small-scale works by the artist. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 31, from 6-9pm with the artist in attendance.
Carole Feuerman (b.1945) has received critical acclaim for her hyperrealist sculptures of swimmers and bathers for over forty years. A number of her most iconic images, including Balance, Serena and Miniature Quan will be featured in the exhibition alongside life-size works, Christina and Next Summer. Executed in painted resin with tactile flesh and meticulous detail, Feuerman’s sculptures have a presence that is both contemporary and classical. While it is not uncommon for hyperrealist work to seem cold and unapproachable, Feuerman’s bathers, balanced and calm, are unexpectedly intimate and inviting.
Genuine mink fur is used for the replication of eyelashes and hair, and the details of the tanned skin, fingernails, and bathing suit ripples are painstakingly painted on. These details combined with the perfectly formed water droplets made of clear resin create astonishingly life-like sculptures. A number of swimmers are even dressed with swim caps that are bejeweled with red and crystalline Swarovski Crystals. The artist states that she, “sculpt[s] the human figure so lifelike, the pieces seem to breathe...This can take up to 100 different coats of paint, and glazing and sanding in between coats, to get the finish and luminosity needed. From start to finish, the process of creating a sculpture can take from 6 months to several years.”
In addition to her resin and oil sculptures, Feuerman is also works actively with bronze. Two of her bronze works, Miniature Tree and Miniature Diver will be featured in the exhibition. The body of the diver is arched into a sensuous C-shape and speaks to her understanding of the golden mean: an ancient mathematical equation epitomizing balance and proportion. The bather featured in Miniature Tree is posed with an S-curve, or contrapposto, typical of classic Greek and later Renaissance sculpture.
Feuerman lives and works in New York. She has had six museum retrospectives and her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 2008 Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, The State Hermitage, and The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, to name a few. Among her many honors are 1st-Prize-Best in Show at the Beijing Biennale, the Amelia Peabody Sculpture Award, the Betty Parsons Sculpture Award, and the Medici Award. Her work is in the selected collections of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Forbes Magazine Collection, the Caldic Collection, and Credit Suisse Collection. Selected public collections include Grounds for Sculpture, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Bass Museum and Art-st-Urban.
About Carole A. Feuerman
Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned hyperrealist sculptors. Her prolific career spans four decades in which she has pioneered new approaches to sculpture. Working in both monumental and life size, she is the only figurative artist to hyperrealistically paint bronze for use in outdoor public art, and the only sculptor to install these sculptures in the water.
While attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, she painted 13 album covers used by Time Warner Records including, but not limited to, The Rolling Stones World Tour Book, Alice Cooper, and Aretha Franklin. She has been honored with six major museum retrospectives to date. Her work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, the State Hermitage, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the Kunstmuseum Ahlen, the Archeological Museum di Fiesole, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes. She won first prize at the Austrian Biennale, the Florence Biennale, the 2008 Olympic Fine Art Exhibition, best in show at the Beijing Biennale, and won the Save The Arts Foundation Award as Museum Choice.
In 2000, she was elected to be a member of the International Woman’s Forum, where preeminent leaders of diverse professional achievement from finance to fine arts come together to make a difference and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance. In 2013 her sculpture, The General’s Daughter was featured in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
There are four full-color monographs written about her work: Carole Feuerman Sculpture, both editions published by Hudson Hills Press, La Scultura in Contra la Realta, which is available in multiple languages, and Swimmers, published by The Artist Book Foundation.
About KM Fine Arts
With prominent locations in Chicago on Oak Street and West Hollywood in Los Angeles, KM Fine Arts, directed by curator Ana Hollinger, has been critically acclaimed for its museum-quality exhibitions since 2006. The gallery specializes in American and European artists of early modernism, postwar, and contemporary art—including the movements of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. The gallery program includes works by Georg Baselitz, Norman Bluhm, Fernando Botero, James Brooks, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Michael Goldberg, Hans Hofmann, Robert Indiana, Wolf Kahn, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, along with contemporary artists Eric Fischl, Ramsey Dau, Carole Feuerman, Kim Gottlieb-Walker, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Gary Lang, Victor Matthews, Ruth Pastine, Cole Sternberg, Judith Supine, and Bernie Taupin—among others.
When pieces of art acquire their own bodyguards, it’s definitely worth noting. Feuerman’s monumental sculptures Leda and the Swan and DurgaMa have been so successful at this year's Venice Biennale that they literally require guarding.
Both sculptures are part of the 2015 Biennale Exhibit: Time –Space-Existence presented by Personal Structures, Global Art Affairs running through November 22, 2015 in Palazzo Mora.
The studio received word from the director of the fair, René Reitmeyer and the curators of the Personal Structures exhibition brought to Venice by the GAA Foundation, that despite providing Leda and the Swan with a tent to establish a boundary and protect her from the elements: People persist in trying to touch her to see if the Swan is a pool tube or an actual sculpture.
The sculpture has it’s own bodyguard. Leda’s fans are tenacious in their desire to touch the surreal beauty and according to the Venice curator: “It seems unstoppable.”
Leda and DurgaMa have garnered a massive response while on display at the Biennale. It’s estimated that up to 200,000 people have laid eyes on Feuerman’s enchanting sculptures this summer. Crowds continue to gather and Leda and DurgaMa never have less than 30 people admiring them on a daily basis.
In response to the Leda/DurgaMa phenomenon, Feuerman will be returning to Venice from August 15th to August 19th and will be making an artist visit to Palazzo Mora and can be found there daily from 11:00 am until closing time.
She will be doing some painting while she is there and it will be an exciting opportunity to watch her work. She looks forward to connecting with and greeting fervent enthusiasts of her sculptures.
Strada Nuova #3659 Venezia, Italy
A suite of Feuerman Serena prints, one of the artist’s most iconic images, will be up for auction this coming Tuesday July 14th at Christie’s Auction House. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to become a collector and acquire a timeless, iconic set of images.
by Kelsey Zalimeni
Carole Feuerman's 1997 sculpture 'Paradise' shows the artist breaking into stylistic stride. The piece contains all classic Feuerman characteristics, including lifelike water droplets, flotation device, and hyperreal swimmer. This particular sculpture bears a couple unique traits that more current Feuermans don't, such as a full head of hair sans swimcap and an open, expressive mouth.
When considering this piece, one is offered a glimpse of an earlier period within Carole's illustrious career. Drawing comparisons between 'Paradise' and 'Serena' for example, yields parallels in pose and theme but also contrast in execution.
Advances in both technology and Carole's own artistic process have streamlined her works over the years, as the artist seemingly never stops improving in technique and ambition. With such an exponential rate of growth, the future possiblities for new works are limitless- and she isn't slowing down anytime soon.