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Iron Sharpens Iron

A work made of oil on linen.

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  • A work made of oil on linen.

Date:

1993

Artist:

Louise Fishman
American, 1939-2021

About this artwork

In her bold and large-scale paintings, Louise Fishman expands the tradition of Abstract Expressionism through
continuous experimenting with composition and form. Exuding a dynamic interplay of fluid gesture and grid,
Iron Sharpens Iron exemplifies the vertically oriented compositions of the artist’s work of the early 1990s. Her brushstrokes evoke Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, inspired in part by her daily Buddhist meditation practice. The work’s formal iconography developed out of Fishman’s career-long investigations into the abstract and contemplative qualities of painting.

Status

On View, Gallery 289

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Louise Fishman

Title

Iron Sharpens Iron

Origin

United States

Date

1993

Medium

Oil on linen

Dimensions

279.4 × 177.8 cm (110 × 70 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Miller and Sarah Wittenborn Miller

Reference Number

1997.893

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