Friday, June 15 – Sunday, September 30, 2012

Historically, drawing has been an observational medium of immediacy and touch, often revealing an artist’s most truthful inner thoughts and feelings about art and art making. Fiore / Drawing, organized by the Falcon Charitable Foundation, surveys the drawings of Joseph A. Fiore (1925 – 2008). A painter, draftsman and professor, Joseph Fiore was born in Cleveland, OH in 1925. After briefly serving in the U.S. Army, he began his studies at Black Mountain College (BMC) in the summer session of 1946. While at the College he studied visual arts under Josef Albers, Jacob Lawrence and Ilya Bolotowsky as well as music composition with John Cage in 1948. Fiore also studied closely under Willem de Kooning during the summer of 1948, the influence of which can be seen in Fiore’s body of landscapes from 1960 – 1980.

Fiore had an extensive teaching career at BMC beginning in 1949 and continuing periodically until BMC closed its doors in 1956. There, he taught alongside such visionaries as Robert Motherwell and photographer Harry Callahan. Following the closing of the College, Fiore taught at several institutions including the Philadelphia College of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Parsons School of Design. Joseph Fiore passed away in 2008 at the age of 83.

This exhibition of remarkable drawings, ranging in style, discipline and medium, documents 50 years of Fiore’s artistic life from the early 1950s at BMC through his late years in New York and Maine. Fiore/Drawing offers an intimate insight into the influences and ideas that occupied the artist throughout his career.

Organized and curated by the Falcon Charitable Foundation. Sponsored by Chatsworth Art & Antiques.


Related Program:

Enjoy a special screening of the film Joe Fiore / Maine Master in the Museum’s East Wing theatre/classroom on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. (free with Membership or Museum Admission).

View selected works in the exhibition »