An American multi-disciplined artist, Beverly Fishman is known for a provocative, visually electrifying oeuvre that explores technological, scientific, and biological systems of perception and representation. She seeks to encourage constructive conversations about the ways people see their bodies and minds, and construct their identities.
Born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fishman currently lives and works in Detroit. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from Philadelphia College of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980 from Yale University. A Guggenheim fellow, she has been artist-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art since 1992, where she is Head of the Painting Department. Her solo exhibitions include those at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Louis Buhl & Co., Detroit, MI; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI; Ronchini Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; and Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY; among others.
Fishman's primary concern is the relationship between how we, and modern medicine, view and treat our physical and mental health. In her continually evolving practice, she has used materials such as wood, paper, blown glass and aluminum, as well as more unconventional elements like cast resin, mirrored Plexiglass, powder-coat-ed metal and phosphorescent pigments.
Featured image: Beverly Fishman - Untitled (Anxiety), 2017. Collaged paper on paper. 19 × 24 in. 48.3 × 61 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery