PRIVATE BREAKFAST TOUR OF SUZAN FRECON’S EXHIBITION AT DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ARTIST WITH SENIOR DIRECTOR BELLATRIX HUBERT ACCOLA
Join us for a private breakfast tour of Suzan Frecon’s exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in the presence of the artist, with senior director Bellatrix Hubert Accola.
Suzan Frecon is known for abstract oil paintings and works on paper that—as she describes her lifelong practice—“speak for themselves.” Made over long stretches of time, her work embodies the durational activity of painting itself and invites the viewer’s sustained attention: these, she says, “are not pictures that you look at. They are paintings that you experience.”1 In Frecon’s paintings, composition serves as a foundational structure, holding color, material, and light. Her compositions are characterized by asymmetrically balanced forms in precise spatial and proportional relationships. The artist mixes pigments and oils to differing effects, and her almost tactile use of color and contrasting matte and shiny surfaces heightens the visual experience of her work. Colors and surfaces vary in terms of density and reflectivity, and areas in the compositions frequently shift between dark and light. Figure can become ground and ground can become figure, or as the artist prefers to define it, full and empty space.
Frecon was born in 1941 in Mexico, Pennsylvania. Following a degree in fine arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1963, she spent three years at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied paintings in museums throughout Europe.
Photo: Suzan Frecon, vermilion mummy, 2020, Oil on linen. Credit: Suzan Frecon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner