Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington

(206) 622-9250


Lisa Zwerling: Primitive Lives

March 10 - May 7, 2000


New York artist Lisa Zwerling presents novel variations on an old theme: the Four Seasons. Opening at the Frye on March 10, 2000 with her first Seattle exhibition, Zwerling uses the seasonal theme in a new and substantially different way. (left: Summer Awakening, 1996, oil on panel, 19 x 36 inches)

Shown in New York galleries to high acclaim, including the First Street Gallery, her work exhibits a mix of tight realism and fantasy. The foursome entitled Spring Comet, Summer Sentinel, Fall Flight, and Winter Passion explore an erotic drama. Each of these seasonal dramas is carried out on a large scale 7.5 x 6 foot canvas. With controlled energy and deft paint handling Zwerling manages to convincingly express these narratives.

The illustrated exhibition catalogue, Lisa Zwerling: Primitive Mysteries, includes an essay by distinguished art historian Dr. Robert Rosenblum, whose many publications include books on Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Zwerling combines modern conceptions of bold composition and energetic gesture with traditional narrative techniques. Noted art critic Donald Kuspit recently wrote that Zwerling is "an important painter of the human psyche." Also shown in the Seattle exhibition are a series of paintings illustrating fantastic encounters between people and animals. Many of the Rousseau-like paintings, with a human and animal set in a shallow, diorama-like space, capture the imagination and hold it.

Related Event:

Meet the Artist Preview and Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 9 at 6pm. Join the artist for a slide presentation in the auditorium at 7 pm. Limited seating. Passes available one hour prior to lecture. Free admission.


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