I felt that Abstract Expressionist work was an appropriate language for me as a queer...It was a hidden language, on the radical fringe, a language appropriate to being separate.

Louise Fishman

Other Expressions

Lousie Fishman's Transformation of Abstract Expressionism

Louise Fishman, Angry Louise (1973)

Abstract painter Louise Fishman is celebrated for bringing Abstract Expressionism into dialogue with identities and themes beyond the purview of the white male. Initially influenced by the largely apolitical first and second generations of AbEx painters, Fishman was profoundly impacted by her participation in feminist activism and consciousness-raising in the mid-1960s – engagements perhaps most readily apparent in her "Angry" series of paintings. Fishman also drew creative energy from her Jewish identity, particularly after a 1988 trip to Europe which included a visit to Auschwitz. As Lisa Turvey wrote for Artforum, "Where Fishman breaks faith with most of her predecessors, and their critics, is over the issue of content, asserting the mediation of those matters that were often repressed, encoded, or sublimated at midcentury—gender and sexual politics, religion, literature, nature, even metaphor as such."