Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies

DC Moore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies, offering a rare opportunity to view major works the artist produced from 1980 to 2008.  Opening reception is Thursday, September 7, 6-8pm, at 535 West 22nd St., New York, NY. The show continues on view through September 30, 2017.

The title, Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies, refers to the joie de vivre with which Fish revitalized the genre of still life painting in the years following her introduction to the New York art world in the late 1960s. Committed to an intense, expressive use of brushstrokes and the verisimilitude of objects, Fish’s paintings are filled with spirit, intensity, and irreverent wit. Her work exists in a state of flux, hovering in a space between fluid technique and measured stillness, where each object is animated by color and light.

Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies

Pumpkin, 2008 Oil on canvas, 48 x 60

Graduating with an MFA from Yale in 1963, Fish was part of a group of artists that included Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Rackstraw Downes. Nancy Graves, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and Brice Marden. Together they cultivated an intense and competitive cohort in which they were able to develop their diverse and individual practices. While at Yale, Fish studied under Alex Katz who encouraged her to explore landscape painting. As the works in this exhibition demonstrate, Fish has had an insatiable desire to explore settings and objects, always challenging herself in her work.

In Fish’s words, “I see light as energy, and energy is always moving through us. I don’t see things as being separated—I don’t paint the objects I paint one after the other. I paint through the painting.” As light reflects, refracts, transforms and engages with each surface she paints, Fish gives form to energy. These singular moments are constantly in flux and change is always implied. In each viewing something new can be discovered. Of her work Fish has said, “I would like it to be more of a novel than a short story, so you could go back in and see something different another time.”

Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies

Dragon Kite, 2007 Oil on canvas, 40 x 50

Janet Fish was born in Boston in 1938, but grew up in Bermuda, a vibrant place to which she attributes her own fascination with bright light and intense color. Fish attended Smith College and received her MFA from Yale University in 1963.  She currently lives in New York City and rural Vermont.  The landscape of Vermont and the garden she maintains there often figure prominently in her paintings.  Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Federal Reserve, Washington DC and her work was included in the Philadelphia Museum’s exhibition The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World.

Works by Janet Fish are included the permanent collections of over seventy-five institutions including, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

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Janet Fish: Pinwheels and Poppies

Lamp and Book, 2004 Oil on canvas, 42 x 70

One Comment

  1. Carol Goehausen

    Make a set on sale of at least some of Janet Fish’s vibrant palette, as are sets of Sharon Sprung’s and Casey Child’s palettes. It would be spectacular.

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