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ASTRID FITZGERALD

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Astrid_fitzgerald

Birthplace
Switzerland

Birth year
1938

Lives in
New York, NY

Works in
Kerhonkson, NY

Website

Representing galleries

Tags
sculpture, conceptual, abstract, mixed-media. modern mixed-media painting, geometric, geometric abstraction modern, assemblage

Statement

If there is a common thread to my work it is the desire to uncover the inner order in the world of appearances. I have always agreed with Emerson’s observation that "We must trust the perfection of the creation so far as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy."

For me, that inner order has been manifest in the world through what is called philosophical geometry and in particular the Pythagorean principles, the Platonic Solids and most importantly the Golden Mean Proportion. This proportion, with its dynamic laws, is found not only in architectural designs from the ancient world to the present but also in nature itself. The squares, rectangles, arcs, and circles generated by this proportion have given me the means to explore the inner order of the creation.

In fact, I don’t recall ever starting a work without some geometric configuration – a simple division, a square, circle or grid. The dividing and ordering of the support – whether canvas, paper or wood – gives me a place to stand, a scaffolding, so to speak, from which to work, observing what it is that wants to express itself.

Rather than being limiting, the mysterious Golden Mean Ratio with its inherent harmonious and dynamic qualities, invites perpetual play and infinite possibilities. While some of my works hint at the underlying order and symmetry of the creation, as revealed in physics and cosmology, others explore by means of illusionism the insubstantiality of matter. The aim is always to convey the subtle movements from surface to depth, from the concrete to the insubstantial, from outer to inner realities, the effect bringing the apparent solidity of matter into question. 

BIOGRAPHY

Astrid Fitzgerald was born and educated in Europe. She emigrated to the United States in 1961 and works and lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.  

Education

1972 Pratt Graphics Center, New York, N.Y.

1968 Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y.

1962 Art Students League, New York, N.Y.

1958 Polytechnic School, London, England

1955 College St. Agnes, Fribourg, Switzerland 

Current shows

Inaugural Exhibition - Erica Price Gallery, Saugerties, NY - June 9 to September 10, 2012

BLUE - Juried Exhibition - Erica Price Gallery, 169 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties, NY (845 246 7723) - Opening September 15, 2012

Solo shows

Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY - Astrid Fitzgerald: Waxing Geometric, 2011

Unison Gallery, New Paltz, NY - Astrid Fitzgerald & Kim Alderman, 2010 (2-person)

Garrison Art Center, The Gillette Gallery - Assemblages & Paintings, 2010

Pearl Arts Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY - Eternal Egypt - Collage and Encaustic, 2008 (2-person)

Wuersch & Gering, New York - Constructions and Works on Paper, 2005-2006

LoRiver Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY - "Astrid Fitzgerald & Kotani" New Paintings - 2005 (2-person)

Galerie Raubach, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Constructions and Works on Paper, 2002

Galerie Raubach, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Works on Paper - 2001

Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY at ULSTER, Stone Ridge, N.Y. - 2000

Murakami Gallery, New York - 1996 (3-person)

Kunstgalerie Hyposwiss, Zurich, Switzerland - 1996

Galerie Neue Kunst, Wil, Switzerland - 1993

Pietrasanta Fine Arts, New York - 1986

Atlantic Gallery, New York - 1981

Galerie Steinfels, Zurich, Switzerland - 1981

 

Juried Exhibitions and Competitions

The Gallery at the Factory, Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties, NY June 9 - September 15, 2012

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Abstraction, October 7 - 29, 2011

James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Physical Graffiti, September 10 - October 22, 2011

SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY, Marks that Matter, March 19 - April16, 2010

SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY, Beyond Self: Contemporary Explorations in Art & Spirit - 2007

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, Encaustic Works ‘03 - 2003

1001 Reasons To Love The Earth - International Art Project - Europe and Asia - 2002

Artcanal Exhibition - Le Landeron, Switzerland - 2002

Artists Equity 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Broome Street Gallery, New York, N.Y. - 1997

The College of Santa Fe Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., Maximum Drawings - 1996

New York University, New York, 4th Annual Small Works Competition - 1980

Parsons Exhibition Center, New York, 57th S.A.G.A. National Print Exhibition - 1979

The National Arts Club, New York, 6th Graphic Exhibition - 1979

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 3rd National Print Exhibition - 1975

Metropolitan Museum, Miami, 2nd International Miami Graphics Biennial - 1975

Pratt Graphics Center, New York, Pratt Graphics Annual Competition - 1973

Miami Art Center, Miami, 1st Miami Graphics Biennial - 1973

The National Arts Club, New York, 19th Annual N.S.P.C.A. - 1973

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Visionary Tibet - Kuenstler erschaffen eine positive Vision für Tibet, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008

Pharos+Ten - Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus, Oct 15 - Nov 9, 2008

The Sharjah Arts Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates - International Exhibition - 2000

Parsons School of Design, New York - "Harmony By Design" - 1995

Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan - "Harmony By Design" - 1995

Washington Design Center, Wash., D.C. - "Harmony By Design" - 1994

Merchandise Mart, Chicago - "Harmony By Design" - 1993

Credit Suisse, New York - "Between Two Worlds" - 1990

The Swiss Institute, New York - Holiday Exhibition - 1987

The Swiss Institute, New York - "Structure & Shadow" - 1986

Nohra Haime Gallery, New York - "Pastels" - 1985

Heidi Jones Gallery, New York - 1984, 1985

Jayne Baum Gallery, New York - "Pastel Invitational" - 1983

Jayne Baum Gallery, New York - Premiere Exhibition - 1982

Atlantic Gallery, New York - "Small Works" - 198l

Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield - "Contemporary Reflections" - 1978

Long Island University, New York - "Printmakers l2" - 1977

The National Academy Galleries, New York - NAWA Annual -1977

Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. - "Printmakers l2" - 1977

M. Knoedler Gallery, New York - "Young Collectors" - 1975

Union Carbide, New York - "Young Artist 75" - U.N. Exhibition - 1975

Cornell University, New York - Print Exhibiton - 1974

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo - Print Exhibition - 1973

 

Awards

Juror's Award - 4th Annual Small Works Competition, N.Y.University, New York - 1980

The Charles Levitt Award - National Academy Galleries, New York - N.A.W.A. Annual - 1978

The Michael M. Engel Memorial Award - National Arts Club - 19th Annual N.S.P.C.A. - 1973

Second Prize and Honorable Mention - The New Yorker Theater Mural Competition - New York - 1971

 

Selected Bibliography

The Mathematics of Harmony: From Euclid to Contemporary Mathematics and Computer Science by Alexey Stakhov, assisted by Scott Olsen - World Scientific Publishing Co, 2009 

Gallery Notes - LoRiver Arts, "Astrid Fitzgerald & Kotani - The Mountain Way and the River Way" by Roger Lipsey, Ph D - 2005

Pulse - April 2005 - Interview with John Nelson - LoRiver Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY

ArtCanal Exhibition Catalog - Le Landeron, Switzerland, 2002

1001 Reasons To Love the Earth - World Art Collection, Stichting 2000 Foundation, Diement, The Netherlands, 2000

Exhibition Review - Kunstgalerie Hyposwiss, Zurich, Switzerland by Ziba De Weck, Ph.D. January 24, 1996UBS

Information, February 2, 1996 - "Eine Kuenstlerin von Kraft und Harmonie" by Rolf Mueller, Exhibition review.

Exhibition Review - Kunstgalerie Hyposwiss, Zurich by Annemarie Stuessi, February l4, 1996

Wiler Zeitung, October 30, 1995 - Exhibition Review "Eine Wilerin macht Karriere in New York" by Marlene Tanner.

Exhibition Review - Galerie Neue Kunst, Wil, Switzerland by Ziba De Weck, Ph.D., October 1993.

Interiors, August 1993 - "Harmony by Design" by Beverly Russell

The Washington Times, November 3, 1993 - "Golden Mean can lead to new design" by Thomas D. Sullivan.

"Between Two Worlds" Exhibition Catalog presented by Credit Suisse, New York, N.Y., 1990

Art Diary International 1990, 1998, 2008, 2010 - Giancarlo Politi, Milano Italy

Kuenstlerverzeichnis der Schweiz 1980-1990 - Swiss Institute for Art Research, Zurich, Switzerland

Exhibition Review - "The Art of Astrid Fitzgerald - New Images, Old Faith" by Roger Lipsey - 1985

American Artists - An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Americans -The Krantz Co., Chicago, Ill. - 1985-1990

Swiss Artists in New York - Richard Pichler - 1985

Wiler Zeitung - Feb. 26, 1981: Exhibition review, Galerie Steinfels, Zurich, Switzerland, 198l

Texaco Westchester - "Art by Election", 1980

Art News - "How to Pick an Art Consultant" - Lee Rosenbaum - May 1979

New York Times - "Aldrich Museum Show: An Eye-Opener" - Millie Siegel - May 2l, 1978

Phoenix - "Printmakers l2 at Atlantic" - Eileen Blair - February 3, 1977

Sunday News - "Luxury and Art in Monaco Hotel" - June 29, 1975

The New York Art Review - Artist Profiles - The Krantz Co. 1988

Who's Who in American Art - since 1980

Printworld Directory of Contemporary Prints - 198l/82, 85/86, 91/92, 98/99, 01/02

Graphics by Contemporary Artists - Catalog - Martha Jackson Gallery - 1973

Competition Winner Catalog - National Community Arts Program, U.S. Department of H.U.D. - 1973

 

Selected Commissions

 1990 Union Bank of Switzerland, New York, N.Y.

1990 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, N.M.

1988 I.B.M., Atlanta, Ga.

1985 Kindercare Corporation, Montgomery, Ala.

1985 I.B.M., Marcel Breuer Building, Boca Raton, Fla.

1985 Ashley Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Fla.

1984 Ridgeway Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.

 

Publications

 Winter Break: A Luminous Journey into Wisdom and Love by Astrid Fitzgerald, A.R.K. Books, 2008.

Harmony By Design, article by Astrid Fitzgerald, New York: Parabola Magazine, 1991

An Artist's Book of Inspiration - A Collection of Thoughts on Art, Artists, and Creativity, Compiled and Edited by Astrid Fitzgerald, Hudson, N.Y.: Lindisfarne Press, 1996.

Being Consciousness Bliss - A Seekers Guide by Astrid Fitzgerald, Lindisfarne Books, Great Barrington, MA

Illustrations and Photographs for Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece, by Richard Geldard, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, l989.

Recent Exhibits

ASTRID FITZGERALD participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 The Perfect Measure - The Golden Ratio in Contemporary Art
The Gallery at the Factory - Saugerties Peforming Arts Factory
 
Sep, 2012 Blue
The Gallery at the Factory - SPAF
 
Feb, 2011 Astrid Fitzgerald: Waxing Geometric
James Oliver Gallery
 
Apr, 2010 Paintings
Unison Gallery, New Paltz, NY
 
Mar, 2010 Assemblage & Paintings
Garrison Art Center, NY
 
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