Sunday, 14 January 2018

An equivocal transition between day and night

...every act seems to be caught in an equivocal transition between day and night or vice versa; in other words, in the inquietude and expectation of an unpredictable change.
—Sarai Sherman

Sarai Sherman was a Pennsylvania-born Jewish American artist whose work, both in America and Europe shaped international views of women and abstract expressionism. She was a significant twentieth century painter and sculptor known for her abstract paintings, prints and ceramics. Her conceptual ideas were comparisons between reality and reminiscences, and a compelling concern with the world of others.  At time s her work was full of symbolic content.

The Italian art critic Duilio Morosini in her 1977 essay talks of Sherman showing a major recurring theme of an isolated urban solitude (expressed by an standardization of choices, in personal ideals and practical solutions, and hence the disappearance of feeling and communication).  In her painting the characters do not rely upon indicative details, rather upon the “whole” with its resolute “aura” (inherent in such pictorialization of the thought imagery).

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