Berry Campbell is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by
Perle Fine (1905-1988). The exhibition, featuring paintings from her “Prescience” series, opens on March 16, 2017 and runs through April 15, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm.
Committed to abstraction throughout a career that lasted fifty years, Perle Fine maintained high ideals, never adopting a method to follow a trend or compromising when her work was outside the mainstream.1 Although she experienced the barriers that limited the opportunities for women artists in the era—especially those who entered into the macho milieu of Abstract Expressionism—she held to her belief that it was painting itself that mattered, not who had created it. However, Fine’s achievement and that of other women of her time are now being given serious attention, such as in the June–September 2016 exhibition, Women of Abstract Expressionism, held at the Denver Art Museum. The show, including Fine’s work along with that of Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Judith Godwin, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher, was curated by University of Denver professor Gwen F. Chanzit, who wrote the accompanying catalogue. Fine is also represented in the exhibition, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, being held at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, from January 10 to April 1, 2017.