We’re proud to celebrate the life & work of Dorothy Koppelman—founding director, artist, Aesthetic Realism consultant, one of the most important women in cultural history. She passionately wanted people everywhere to know what Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, explained:“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
Through her study of Aesthetic Realism, Dorothy Koppelman became one of the outstanding artists of the 20th century. In this exhibition you’ll see powerful paintings, prints, and drawings spanning four decades.
At a time when the figurative and the abstract were seen as inevitably opposed, her work radically and matter-of-factly combined them; for instance—two red teapots take their place in a universal conversation. Much of her work deals with the broken, the chaotic, the unexpected—in which she finds true composition. Her brushwork and her palette, like her thoughtful and tireless mind, are at once vigorous and warm.