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OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967)

Molecular Study, 1965

36 x 48 inches  |  Oil on canvas

Sullivan Goss is proud to represent the Estate of Oskar Fischinger – a master of early non-objective painting, an inventor of the music video, a pioneer in multimedia immersive environments, and a prophet of both Op Art and contemporary computer-generated motion graphics. 

While Fischinger’s contribution to the development of cinema and animation have been well documented in two thoroughly-researched books, OPTICAL POETRY: The Life and Work of Oskar Fischinger, 2004 by Dr. William Mortiz and OSKAR FISCHINGER 1900-1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction, 2012 edited by Cindy Keefer and Jaap Guldemond, the project to properly historicize – and thus celebrate – his contribution to American painting remains ongoing.

Sulllivan Goss looks forward to building a comprehensive web page for the artist in the coming months.

Videos

8:16  |  Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer  |  Released for CALIFORNIA BAUHAUS: Influence & Adaptation, 2019

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Compiled by the Center for Visual Music)

1938 Karl Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY
1938 Philip C. Boyer Gallery, New York, NY
1939 -1940 Stendhal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1949 Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1950 Forsythe Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1951 Frank Perls Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1953 "New Works of Oskar Fischinger," San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1956 Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
1963-64 Ernest Raboff Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1965 American City Bank, Los Angeles, CA
1966 Drew Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1970 "Bildmusik," Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1971 Goethe Center, San Francisco, CA
1971 The Egg and the Eye Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1973 "Oskar Fischinger 1900-1967," Occidental College Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1977 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
1981 Gallery 609, Denver, CO
1982 Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985 "Oskar Fischinger: Experiments with Animation," Cambridge Animation Festival, Cambridge UK
1990 Galerie Kroner, Wiesbaden, Germany
1991 "Oskar Fischinger: Light, Space and Rhythm," Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1993 "Optische Poesie," Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
1994 Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State College, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Goethe Institute, Washington DC
2007 "Movement and Spirit," Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO,
2010 "A Fischinger Celebration." Goethe Institut Los Angeles. Organized by CVM. September 23.
2011 "Oskar Fischinger: Paintings," at Peyton-Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 1 - August 3.
2012 "Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art, A Film Environment," Raumlichtkunst installation at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June-October 2012. Reviewed in New York Times and Artforum,
2012-13 "Oskar Fischinger: Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction." EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. Co-organized by Center for Visual Music and EYE. .
2017-18 Oskar Fischinger: Raumlichtkunst. Weinstein Gallery at SoMA, San Francisco, CA, December 2017-February 2018. Included paintings and animation artwork. Catalog.
2018 "Oskar Fischinger: Paintings from the Permanent Collection." Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 

 

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art MOMA (Square #1 - 2672, 1934)
Guggenheim Museum (Untitled, 1942)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA (Abstraction, 1943)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMOMA (Circles in Circle, 1949)
TATE Modern (Untitled, 1952)
Laguna Art Museum, CA (Snow White, Red Circle, 1943 & Finger Painting, 1943)
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (Rhythmic Tapestry, 1952)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Circles, Triangles, and Squares, 1938)
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA (Bird in Flight, 1946)
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (Yellow Brown, 1944 & Untitled, 1940 & Crystals, 1960 & Untitled, 1934 & Illuminated, c. 1959 & Blue Green, 1951Angel, c. 1962 & Head, 1946 & Untitled, 1960 & Untitled, ND)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (Balls #16, 1964 & Light Area, Motion in Space, 1944)
The Buck Collection at UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, Irvine CA ICMA (Spheres, 1941
Yale University Art Gallery (Abstraction, 1936) *orginally sold to Katherine Dreier, co-founder of Societé Anonyme with Marcel Duchamp

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Compiled by the Center for Visual Music)

1945 The Museum of Non-Objective Painting (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation), New York, NY
1947 American Contemporary Gallery, Hollywood, CA (with Jules Engel & Herb Klynn)
1947 "Abstract and Surrealist American Art," Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
1947 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1949 "California Centennial Exhibition," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
1951 "Contemporary Painting in the United States," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
1952 "Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
1959 Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1976-77 "Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1982 "L'Art du Cinema Animation," The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1990-92 "Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists 1920-1956." Laguna Art Museum, CA; Oakland Museum, Oakland CA; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX; Nora Eccles Harrison Art Museum, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1992-93 "Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde 1912- 1950." Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH; Phillips Collection, Washington DC; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
2000 "Made in California," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2004-5 "Sons et Lumières." Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (animation artwork)
2005 "Visual Music," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (films and animation artwork)
2006-2010 "The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America." Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Philips Collection, Washington, DC; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012-2013 "Structure and Clarity," Tate Modern Collection Displays. Raumlichtkunst installation at Tate Modern, London, through May 2013
2015 "Art of Music," San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2016-17 "Art and Cinema, 120 years of exchange," Caixa Forum, Barcelona and Madrid
2016-17 "Dreamlands, Immersive Cinema and Art," Whitney Museum, New York 
2017 "Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim," Guggenheim Museum, New York
2017 "Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California," Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
2018-19 "First Glimpse, Introducing the Buck Collection." UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. Sept 2018-Jan 2019

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Millier, Arthur. "Fischinger Still Paintings on Exhibit at Pasadena." Los Angeles Times 30 Dec. 1956.

2. Rosenblum, Gordon. Oskar Fischinger, 1900 - 1967. Fischinger, a Retrospective of Paintings and Films. Curators Gerald Nordland and Gordon Rosenblum. Denver, CO: Gallery 609, 1980.

3. Ehrlich, Susan. "Oskar Fischinger." Turning The Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920-1956. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1990. 63-67.

4. Lorenz, Marianne. "Oskar Fischinger." Theme And Improvisation: Kandinsky and The American Avant-Garde. Dayton Art Institute, 1992: 159-162.

5. Karlstrom, Paul J., ed. On the Edge of America - California Modernist Art 1900 - 1950. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996. 13, 224-228, 232, 238, 283.

6. Knight, Christopher. "First Class Study of Fischinger's Impact." Los Angeles Times 2 May 1998: F1.

7. Moritz, William. Optical Poetry: The Life and Work of Oskar Fischinger. Eastleigh: John Libbey, 2004

8. Karole Vail, ed. The Museum of Non-Objective Painting: Hilla Rebay and The Origins of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2009.

9. Diehl, Carol. "Oskar Fischinger, New York, Whitney Museum." in Art in America. November, 2012

10. Keefer, Cindy; Guldemond, Jaap. eds. Oskar Fischinger 1900 - 1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction. Amsterdam and Los Angeles: Eye Filmmuseum and Center for Visual Music, 2013. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Gallery is incredibly indebted to Dr. William Mortiz for his lifelong passion project to document and preserve the cultural legacy of Oskar Fischinger as well as to curators like Ilene Susan Fort of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Susan Ehrlich, and Paul Karlstrom of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art for their research and writing about Fischinger’s career. Sullivan Goss also wishes to express its gratitude to gallerists like John Wright Schaefer, Jack Rutberg, Tobey Moss and Herbert Palmer for helping to build the foundation for the artist’s current reputation. The Center for Visual Music is also an excellent resource for scholarly information about the artist’s life and work.

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