Joseph Friebert, Fred Berman & the Milwaukee Scene 1935-1965

Jan. 13, 2007 - Dec. 8, 2007

Main Gallery

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Joseph Friebert


Storefronts and Cleaners
1949-50
oil on Masonite
18 x 28 inches

Joseph Friebert

Human Carnival
1951
oil on panel
36 x 24 inches

Joseph Friebert

The Lineup
1947
oil on board
25 x 15 inches

Joseph Friebert

State Street Sadie
1939
oil and tempera on board
16 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches

Joseph Friebert

Two Lines, One Job
1939
oil on board
16 1/4 x 20 inches

Joseph Friebert

The Knockout
1938
wash drawing
16 x 10 1/2 inches

Fred Berman

2 & H
c.1965
wooden assemblage
21 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

Fred Berman

Great Primer
1964
assemblage
32 1/4 x 16 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches

Fred Berman

Rain Shadows 1
1963
oil on canvas
52 x 54 inches

Fred Berman

Benjamin Franklin I
1958
oil and collage on panel
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

Fred Berman

White City No. 4 (White Patterns)
1955
oil on masonite
24 x 26 inches

Alfred Sessler

Aging
1967
oil on masonite
10” x 6”

Press Release

Chicago’s great working-class neighbor to the north, Milwaukee is the home of a longstanding and powerful artistic legacy. This exhibition will feature the work of several generations of interrelated artists, focusing on painters Joseph Friebert (1908-2002) and Fred Berman (b. 1926). On view will be Friebert’s social realist paintings of the ’40s, including a series of devastating holocaust images, and his increasingly abstract architectural works of the ’50s, which were chosen by curator Katherine Kuh for the seminal 1956 Venice Biennale (which was topically titled “American Artists Paint the City”). Berman’s “White Cathedral” was selected for the same exhibition, and Berman’s paintings and assemblages, which in some ways pick up on the groundwork that Friebert constructed, will also be a core part of this show. The exhibit will also include work by Gerrit Sinclair, Alfred Sessler, Robert von Neumann and others.