Thursday, November 1, 2012

On View in the Gallery: Joseph A. Fiore



The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts continues its 2012–2013 season with a traveling exhibit of landscapes by the late artist Joseph A. Fiore (1925–2008). The exhibit, entitled Fiore/Drawing, will be on view in the Gallery until Saturday, December 14th.

Joseph A. Fiore was less well-known publicly than he was among his contemporaries in the academic art world, having spent much of his career as a professor at Black Mountain College in Asheville, NC, and Philadelphia College of Fine Arts. This exhibit attempts to give the public its first glimpse into nearly half a century of Fiore’s drawings, watercolors and pastels, revealing an artist who was dedicated to experimentation and abstraction within his representation of the American landscape.


Last Saturday's opening reception, in addition to unveiling this body of work for the first time to a New England audience, gave Gordon students and gallery visitors the chance to hear from two of Joseph Fiore’s closest contacts. The first was the curator of the exhibit, David Dewey, himself an artist and former student of Fiore. Before his passing in 2008, Joseph Fiore asked Dewey to take on the significant honor and challenge of preserving and curating his artwork. Dewey spent over a year preparing Fiore/Drawing, and he was delighted to see the work on the gallery walls in Barrington.


Joseph Fiore’s own daughter, Susanna Fiore, was also in attendance. Susanna and her husband, Jay—both accomplished jazz musicians from Boston—paid tribute to her father’s love of music with a wonderful set of classic jazz standards and original pieces. It was a fitting atmosphere for an artist whose work inherently reflects the energy and rhythms of live music.

Bruce Herman, Gallery Director, observed that Fiore “often started with a rendering of landscape and then improvised and experimented with abstraction in order to find just the right color, texture, or form to give voice to his vision.” The exhibit presents this vision in series of related themes and styles, each given its own wall within the Gallery. The result is a fresh interpretation of a cohesive yet diverse body of work.

“We are proud to host this exhibition, which surveys fifty years of Fiore's drawings and shows his acute visual thinking,” said Herman.

Fiore/Drawing is open to the public MondaySaturday, 9 AM7 PM. Visit www.gordon.edu/fiore to learn more about the exhibit.


Fiore/Drawing is sponsored by the Falcon Foundation, a Maine-based non-profit that has been exclusively entrusted with the archival and promotion of Joseph Fiore’s artwork.

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