About the Exhibition

Fairfield University Art Museum is pleased to present Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight. British artist Andrew Forge (1923-2002) was both an acclaimed painter and an influential art critic, the author of books on Edgar Degas, Nahum Gabo, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. A selection of Forge’s criticism, Observation: Notation, was published in 2018. After immigrating to the US in 1973, Forge taught at Cooper Union and served as the associate dean of the New York Studio School, where he was a visiting professor until 2002. He was the dean and professor of the Yale University School of Art from 1975-1994. Forge’s highly personal abstractions distill his perceptions of place, season, and time of day into subtle orchestrations of pure color.

The exhibition was thoughtfully curated by Karen Wilkin, a New York-based independent curator and art critic, specializing in 20th-century modernism. Wilkin writes the following about Forge’s work in the exhibition brochure: “We must look long and carefully at these complex sheets of multiple, intermingled hues, if we are to come to terms with their subtlety and richness, but even when we do, we always feel that something has escaped us. Their spatial mobility and their sense of pulsing light combine to make the dot paintings both irresistible and elusive. They appear to test the limits of sight. We yield to the allure of their atmospheric orchestrations of color yet we are not quite certain that we are really perceiving them. Pools and pathways of chromatic harmonies become visible with prolonged looking and then subside into the all-over fabric of dots. When we view the paintings from a distance, hints of imagery—architecture, landscape forms—suggest themselves, but vanish when we come close to the surface of the picture. It’s as if we needed a different kind of visual acuity than we have normally been provided with.”

This exhibition was made possible by the generosity of the lenders which include numerous private collectors, the artist’s widow Ruth Miller, Betty Cuningham Gallery, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

 

 

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Browse Selected Artworks

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August, 1994-96
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Cloak, 1985
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Fog, 1999
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Heavy Hemlocks, II, 2000
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Gleam, 1993
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June, 1984-88
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Untitled, 1996
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November, 1980-81
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September, 1995-96
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Shadow II, 1993
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Snow, 2000
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Tree of Life (Clair)
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Male Profile
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Cat24
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Cat25
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Cat26

 

<em>August</em>, 1994-96, oil on canvas.<br /> Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Funds, 1998
<em>Cloak</em>, 1985, oil on canvas.<br /> Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59
<em>Fog</em>, 1999, oil on canvas.<br /> Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59
<em>Heavy Hemlocks, II</em>, 2000, oil on canvas.<br /> Lent by the Estate of the Artist, Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
<em>Gleam</em>, 1993, casein and watercolor on rag paper. <br />Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
<em>June</em>, 1984-88, oil on canvas. <br />Lent by the Estate of the Artist, Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
<em>Untitled</em>, 1996. watercolor on paper. <br />Collection of John Meditz ’70
<em>November</em>, 1980-81, oil on canvas. <br />Lent by the Estate of the Artist, Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
<em>September</em>, 1995-96, oil on canvas. <br />Lent by the Estate of the Artist, Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
<em>Shadow II</em>, 1993, casein and watercolor on rag paper. <br />Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
<em>Snow</em>, 2000, oil on canvas. <br />Private Collection
<em>Tree of Life (Clair)</em>, 1987-89, oil on canvas. <br />Lent by Yale Center for British Art, Given by the Artist
<em> Winter Solstice II</em>, 1989-90, oil on canvas. <br />Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59
<em>[File name includes Cat24] Untitled</em>, 1996, watercolor on paper. <br />Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59 25.
<em>[File name includes Cat25] Untitled</em>, 1996, watercolor on paper. <br />Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59
<em>[File name includes Cat26]  Untitled</em>, n.d., watercolor on paper. <br />Collection of Patrick J. Waide Jr. ’59

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Opening Lecture: Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight

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Gallery Talk: Andrew Forge, An Artist's Perspective

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Opening Lecture: Andrew Forge: The Limits of Sight

Thursday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Karen Wilkin, Independent Curator and Critic
Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Gallery Talk: Andrew Forge: An Artist’s Perspective

Wednesday, September 30, 6 p.m.
Suzanne Chamlin, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Lecture: How to Look at an Abstract Painting

Thursday, October 22, 5 p.m.
Danielle Ogden, Adjunct Professor, Art History & Visual Culture Program, Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Lecture: The Psychology of Art

Thursday, October 29, 5 p.m.
Jennifer Drake, Professor of Psychology, Brooklyn College
Presented in partnership with the Departments of Psychology and Visual & Performing Arts

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