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Carole A. Feuerman's Show "New Works" at KM Fine Art Chicago by Carole Feuerman

Christina  , 2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

Christina, 2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

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.

Miniature Balance  , 2015. Oil on Resin. 18 x 16 x 9 inches.

Miniature Balance, 2015. Oil on Resin. 18 x 16 x 9 inches.

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.

Miniature Serena  , 2015. Oil on Resin with Swarovski Crystal. 10 x 17 x 8 inches.

Miniature Serena, 2015. Oil on Resin with Swarovski Crystal. 10 x 17 x 8 inches.

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.

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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.

Next Summer  , 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

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.

Miniature Quan  , 2014. Oil on Resin. 11 x 11 x 7 inches.

Miniature Quan, 2014. Oil on Resin. 11 x 11 x 7 inches.

“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. 

 

Venice Biennale 2015: Feuerman's Swimmers sponsored by Global Arts Foundation on view through November by Carole Feuerman

Leda and the Swan  , 2014. Oil on Resin with 24K Gold Leaf Swarovski Crystal. 42 x 80 x 90 inches.

Leda and the Swan, 2014. Oil on Resin with 24K Gold Leaf Swarovski Crystal. 42 x 80 x 90 inches.

The City of Venice can breathe a sigh of relief. The whirlwind opening ceremonies of the 2015 Venice Biennale have past. Venice has survived the tidal wave of art freaks, geeks, sleeks, and elites.

However, while the Biennale’s most trafficked period is over, its exhibitions will run through November and there is plenty of art yet to explore for visitors.

DurgaMa  , 2014. Painted Bronze. 101 x 90 x 91 inches.

DurgaMa, 2014. Painted Bronze. 101 x 90 x 91 inches.

Carole Feuerman’s monumental works DurgaMa and Leda and the Swan are on view in front of Palazzo Mora and were sponsored by the Global Arts Foundation. The response to her work this summer was a blend of romanticized ecstasy and serious-minded zeal.

People’s overwhelming infatuation with Leda and the Swan resulted in a spontaneous romance between the crowd and the sculpture.

 

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: Serenaaquaro.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: Serenaaquaro.

 

In a highly politicized and darker themed Biennale, Feuerman’s sculptures inspired genuine and fruitful emotions. Both pieces projected serenity and strove to perpetuate an elevated, nourishing atmosphere.

The vanished fanfare of gala parties and PR forced feedings allows time to reflect and digest.

 

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: bettio.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: bettio.

 This year’s curator, Okwui Enwezor, proclaimed that it was “the right of every artist to strike such a stance of radical refusal,” to “the noise, pollution, dust, and decay” of the world. Feuerman’s work and the response it received, speaks to her successful emphasis on humanity’s finer points.

“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.” 

Carole Feuerman's 2015 IS Day Open Studio Rocked & MANA Lobby Exhibition Happpening Now! by Carole Feuerman

The White Stripes’ music blasted through speakers from Mana’s fourth floor café directly across from Carole Feuerman’s open IS Day studio.

Jack White’s howling guitar was the perfect opening serenade for the chorus of Carole’s sculptures basking in hyper-real, pulse racing resurrection.

 

During International Sculpture Day at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, Carole’s Studio was a phantasmagoria of hyper-real shimmering swimmers in prime condition and polished to perfection.  

Free refreshments were served and the crowd gathered to get up close, ultra-access to see Carole’s glowing, sculpted, bodies that flawlessly mirror the human form.

 

Nude Coming Through the Wall,   1991. Oil on Resin. 58 x 15 x 5 inches.

Nude Coming Through the Wall, 1991. Oil on Resin. 58 x 15 x 5 inches.

Christina,   2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

Christina, 2014. Oil on Resin. 72 x 19 x 14 inches.

There are certain calendar events that you would kick yourself for missing. Carole’s IS Day celebration at MANA Contemporary was definitely one of those happenings and people knew it. Many took off work, while others drove in from out of state!

 

 

Mana Café   across from CF's studio.

Mana Café across from CF's studio.

 

If you were at the event and found yourself talking to one of Carole’s hyper-realistic sculptures by accident, don’t worry you’re not alone. One gentleman even humorously confessed his feelings for a sculpture as he took a photo, “You don’t have eyes, but I love you.”

 

City Slicker  , 2013. Painted Bronze. 63 x 35 x 28 inches.

City Slicker, 2013. Painted Bronze. 63 x 35 x 28 inches.

Butterfly  , 2008. Oil on Resin. 21 x 22.5 x 21 inches.

Butterfly, 2008. Oil on Resin. 21 x 22.5 x 21 inches.

Mana Contemporary is a cultural center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Opened in May 2011, the center provides services, spaces, and programming for artists, collectors, curators, performers, students, and community. It is conveniently located at 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City.

Once an old Tobacco Factory, the massive space has been turned into a beacon of artistic excellence that beckons all to explore its labyrinth of bold works.

 

Mana,  2015.

Mana, 2015.

Mana champions sculpture and on IS Day there were over a hundred artist studios open to the public! This free event drew loads of people and as they came through Mana’s doors they were immediately immersed in Carole Feuerman's Lobby Exhibition!

Carole’s Sculptures including, Kendall Island, Next Summer, Diver, and Mona Lisa are the perfect introduction to MANA!

Her dedicated efforts, visible in every hyper-real detail, speak to the aesthetic exertions of her fellow impassioned legions of artists at Mana Contemporary. The building is united in diverse, active creating.

Carole is excited that her Swimmers are on display at her second studio home and will act as welcoming beacons!

Carole’s Sculptures including:   Kendall Island  ,   Next Summer  ,   Diver  , and   Mona Lisa.

Carole’s Sculptures including: Kendall Island, Next Summer, Diver, and Mona Lisa.


Next Summer  , 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 x 54 x 50 inches.

Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball  , 2013. Oil on Bronze. 42 x 60 x 45 inches.

Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball, 2013. Oil on Bronze. 42 x 60 x 45 inches.

Kendall Island  , 2014. Oil on Resin. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

Kendall Island, 2014. Oil on Resin. 70 x 21 x 38 inches.

 Carole's newest innovation is Kendall's elevated diving board pedestal.

She was inspired after seeing Kendall Island installed on a custom made six foot pedestal in New Orleans as part of the year long Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibit.

Kendall’s elevation was especially compelling and Carole wanted to give her that same engaging presence at Mana.

The Lobby Exhibition will run through July.

Diver  , 2011. Oil on Bronze. 77 x 25 x 11 inches.

Diver, 2011. Oil on Bronze. 77 x 25 x 11 inches.

Carole Feuerman in Italy: Aria Gallery Show and the 2015 Venice Biennale! by Carole Feuerman

Longtime friend to Carole A. Feuerman, Gianluca Bisol recently visited Carole’s NYC and New Jersey studios and was delighted to see new works as well as classic favorites! 

 

Mr. Bisol is the President & CEO of the company that bears his family's name. Bisol has been producing world famous Prosecco wines since 1875.

 

Gianluca has been a passionate sponsor of several of Carole's exhibitions including: exhibitions held at the Moretti Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, and past Venice Biennales to name a few.

Infinity    , 2013. Oil on Resin with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystals. 38 H x 37 W x 21 D inches.

Infinity, 2013. Oil on Resin with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystals. 38 H x 37 W x 21 D inches.

Gianluca Bisol is generously and enthusiastically sponsoring both of Carole’s upcoming exhibitions in Italy:  Shapes of Reality at Aria Gallery in Florence as well as Time-Space-Existence presented by Personal Structures by Global Art Affairs, as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale!

 

Next Summer,     2012. Oil on Resin. 39 H x 54 W x 50 D inches.

Next Summer, 2012. Oil on Resin. 39 H x 54 W x 50 D inches.

Carole’s Solo Show “Shapes of Reality” will be on view at The Aria Gallery in Florence from May 1st to June 20th.

Aria’s spaces are located at Borgo SS Apostoli 40r - Florence!

Curator Antonio D’Amico writes, “Feuerman shapes the soul of sculptures.” The Aria Gallery show reflects Carole’s return to the ideals of the Renaissance as she examines the exquisite elegance hidden behind each shape of the human body.

She celebrates the human form by capturing emotions and gestures. D’Amico advocates the notion that Carole’s superb hyper-realism is so successful that she has “become a competitor against nature.”

The great news is that the Florence Gallery is only a short train ride away from the Venice Biennale! Over 300,000 people will attend the Venice Biennale. If you’re one of those lucky attendees on vacation in Italy, I urge you to try and catch both of Carole’s shows!

 

Carole has been invited again to take part in the Venice Biennale, which is often dubbed “the Olympics of the art world”. Her monumental works DurgaMa and Leda and the Swan are part of the 2015 exhibit: Time –Space-Existence presented by Personal Structures by Global Art Affairs running from May 9th through November 22, 2015 in Palazzo Mora. Her selections for this year draw on the themes of birth/rebirth and existence. 

 

Leda and the Swan,   2014. Oil on Resin with 24k Gold Leaf and Swarovski Crystal. 42 H x 80 W x 90 D inches.

Leda and the Swan, 2014. Oil on Resin with 24k Gold Leaf and Swarovski Crystal. 42 H x 80 W x 90 D inches.

Leda and the Swan draws on mythical context. It is based on the Greek myth in which Zeus, disguised as a swan, seduces Leda, resulting in the birth of Helen of Troy. The reclining female figure drapes her relaxed body across the back of the inflatable swan in an elegant curve that moves from the swan’s neck to its tail.

She is simultaneously strong and serene in a vintage women’s bathing suit and swim cap. When the Swan left Carole’s NYC studio the combined weight of the sculpture and its crate was over 1,000 pounds!

 

DurgaMa,   2014. Painted Bronze. 101 H x 90 W x 91 D inches.

DurgaMa, 2014. Painted Bronze. 101 H x 90 W x 91 D inches.

DurgaMa is an ascending beauty that represents the cycles of existence. The lotus symbolizes rebirth and spiritual awakening. The meditative figure sitting atop the opened lotus flower speaks to the purity of the artist’s inner vision.

The lotus’ strong stem carries it up to twelve inches above dirty water to bloom. It represents the soul’s journey from the mud of materialism to the radiant light of enlightenment.  DurgaMa basks in that light.

 

Matteo, 2008. 19 H x 20 W x 10 D

Matteo, 2008. 19 H x 20 W x 10 D

Carole and Gianluca have a long standing bond that has brought them together to celebrate fine art and fine wine many times at Feuerman’s exhibitions. Their collaborations began with the 2007 Venice Biennale when Carol unveiled her famous Survival of Serena at Paradiso in Giardini. 

 

Survival of Serena, 2007. Oil on Bronze. 38 H x 84 W x 32 D.

Survival of Serena, 2007. Oil on Bronze. 38 H x 84 W x 32 D.

Feuerman fondly recalls, sitting at her table by the entrance to Paradiso and watching the already swollen lines to view the piece, grow even larger.

In a serendipitous twist, as the guests at the table began to introduce themselves, Gianluca explained that he sponsored the exhibition for an artist named Carole Feuerman. Carole excitedly confessed that she was in fact the artist and they have been friends ever since!

 

 

The wine connoisseur’s family owned Bisol has a vineyard with 16 different sites with a myriad of varying soils and microclimates, which helps them bottle their own distinct brand of perfection: 

“Our philosophy is to express the freshness and flavor of Prosecco” says, Export Director Giovanni Oliva.

 

 

 

PALAZZO MORA

 

   OPEN DAILY 10.00 - 18.00 HRS. CLOSED ON TUESDAY    Strada Nuova #3659 Venezia, Italy

 OPEN DAILY 10.00 - 18.00 HRS.
CLOSED ON TUESDAY

Strada Nuova #3659 Venezia, Italy

 

 

DURING THE VENICE ART BIENNALE 2015

PERSONAL STRUCTURES

Palazzo Bembo & Palazzo Mora

Venice, Italy

 9 May until 22 November 2015   (Pre-View 7 and 8 May 2015)

 

The exhibition is organized by:

 Sarah Gold, Karlyn De Jongh, Valeria Romagnini, Rachele De Stefano,

Anna De Stefano, Jaspal Birdi, Lucia Pedrana and Rene Rietmeyer. 

Latest book Publication:

PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME - SPACE - EXISTENCE #2

 

Next Art Project Publications:

YOKO ONO: ARISING

herman de vries: being this joy experience unity

 

Current exhibition:

TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE

14th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

7 June - 23 November 2015.