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Mezzo Fist #1

1990 Susan Rothenberg Born: Buffalo, New York 1945 Universal Limited Art Editions (Publisher) Keith Brintzenhofe (Printer) Nancy Mesenbourg (Printer) Hitoshi Kido (Printer) mezzotint and chine colle on paper plate: 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1990, Susan Rothenberg 1991.94.4 Not currently on view


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Susan Rothenberg's art is distinguished by psychologically charged images, heavily abstracted but still recognizable as living forms. Best known for her early images of horses, she has turned her attention to the expressive qualities of the human form, often suggesting motion through broad, gestural marks. Through simplification of shapes, she achieves an intensity and directness of expression in which enigma and ambiguity take on psychological dimensions. In Mezzo Fist I the subject appears to be a figure hitting its own face with its fist. Her imagery functions metaphorically rather than literally, with themes of violence, menace, confrontation, and sexuality expressed through contrasts of hard and soft, male and female, movement and stasis, solid and void, order and chaos, and figure to ground.

Multiplicity, 2011

Keywords

Figure - fragment - hand

graphic arts - print

paper - wove paper - crisbrook

chine colle

mezzotint

About Susan Rothenberg

Born: Buffalo, New York 1945

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