Studio Visit with Carole Feuerman in NoMAD, NYC
A few weeks back in mid-June I paid a visit to the posh studio of the world-renowned hyperrealist sculptor and painter Carole Feuerman located in the NoMad neighborhood in NYC. In the outer foyer of her studio I was greeted by stunningly gorgeous life-size sculptures of women in movement. I was guided by the artist throughout her entire workspace getting an intimate look as to how her magical and uber-feminine pieces are created. Utilizing bronze, resin and marble as primary mediums for her sculptures, Feuerman depicts female figures engaging in athleticism, fitness, and spiritual wellness, yet nuanced by subtle eroticized touches. Feuerman excels in highlighting and accentuating the female form and is drawn to classicist and mythological themes, which were beautifully visible in her recent solo exhibit at C24 Gallery. Titled 'Hero and Leander', the exhibition delved into classic Greek lore and Hindu spiritualism. It featured two new powerful works, 'Monumental Dancer' and 'Beyond the Golden Mean', which retell the tragic romantic fate of the show's title characters. On display were a wide array of rich and majestic sculptures featuring her signature ballerinas and swimmers posing in graceful and commanding stances, and included some of her glitzy Diamond Dust canvases. Another Greek folklore-inspired work 'Leda and the Swan', based on the myth about Leda and Zeus, anchored the show, as well as the spectacular 'DurgaMa', another central piece where the Hindu goddess Durga sits regally while in a meditative state.
Working over the past four decades as a leading artist in the hyperrealist sculpture genre (alongside Duane Hanson and John De Andrea) and anointed by the art historian John T. Spike as 'the reigning doyenne of super-realism', Feuerman continues to thrive with solo exhibits at leading global art institutions and dynamic public art commissions. She has participated in the Venice Biennale four times, has had six museum retrospectives, and can include President Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton, the Emperor of Japan, and Malcolm Forbes, among others, as private collectors. Five years ago, Feuerman founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation to nurture and uplift artists with grants, exhibitions and opportunities, which included the recent winter exhibit 'Mixing Medias' in collaboration with ESKFF and Mana Contemporary. Feuerman has also maintained a studio space and has had solo exhibits at Mana Contemporary as well.
Feuerman will be participating in the fifth edition of Art Southampton slated for July 7-11, 2016 in Bridgehampton, New York.
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