Sullivan Goss is pleased to present their newest show, Anya Fisher: Kaleidoscope on view from March 1 - June 3, 2012.
Join us for an Opening Reception on 1st Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 5-8 PM.
Since 1984, Sullivan Goss has represented Fisher’s work, and upon her death in 1995, the gallery purchased her estate. This marks her sixth solo show with the gallery. Anya Fisher: Kaleidoscope will be on view in the contemporary gallery across from Howard Warshaw: New Forms. Together, these shows create quite the engaging pair. Both artists were colleagues and contemporaries of the great muralist, Rico Lebrun, who influenced the two painters in unique ways. Each played a vital role in developing the look of Los Angeles modern art. Both artists developed their vision out of Cubism, but their color theory and aesthetic intent could not be more different; Warshaw used darker, subdued earth tones and transparency to suggest volume and multiple meanings while Fisher used brighter, high-key colors and overlapping shapes to suggest vibrancy and creative interpretation. Where Warshaw gives us volumetric subjects, Fisher seems to flatten the image, reminding the viewer that we are indeed looking at something fabricated.
Born in Odessa, Russia in 1905, Fisher’s life took a massive turn when Bolshevik revolutionaries killed her father and forced her to relocate to Minnesota with her relatives. As an immigrant arriving in the United States after a major upheaval, Fisher desperately explored creative outlets such as music, writing, and painting. Following a number of years in the Greenwich art scene of the 1930s and a failed marriage, Anya Fisher relocated to San Francisco, where she remarried and wrote art reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle. Eventually, she settled in Los Angeles, where she was able to enroll in classes with Lebrun both privately and at the Jepson Art Institute. With much perseverance, Fisher fashioned a career that landed her work in the collections of the Pasadena Art Museum as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Also on view: The Drawings of Leon Dabo and Zack Paul: Inside Out through April 1, 2012, Dynamic Duos through April 29, 2012, In Search of the Source: Paintings by Lockwood de Forest and Howard Warshaw: New Forms through June 3, 2012.