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Louise Fishman: One Stroke at a Time

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John Haber reviews Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read, New York, on view through November 21, 2015.

Haber writes: "The lightness starts with the palette, which can hardly help evoking sea and sky … long verticals on largely open fields and in broader strokes brimming over the grid. Both give added prominence to the white of the ground. It penetrates the colors almost as if added last, as highlights… The lightness is the biggest change in her art over the last twenty years, along with a greater acceptance of the grid. They go together, in fact. It takes the grid to make one this aware of where brushwork begins and ends. The interplay is most obvious in her latest paintings, and they are stronger for it."

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