Suzi Gablik

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Suzi Gablik
Born (1934-09-26) September 26, 1934 (age 86)
New York, NY
NationalityAmerican
EducationBlack Mountain College; Hunter College, BA
Known forart historian, writer, painter
Notable work
Has Modernism Failed?, The Reenchantment of Art
AwardsNational Lifetime Achievement Award, Women's Caucus for Art, 2003

Suzi Gablik (born September 26, 1934) in New York, New York, is an American artist, author and art critic, and a professor of art history and art criticism.[1] She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Gablik was born to Anthony J. Gablik and Geraldine Schwarz Gablik in New York, New York in 1934.[4] In 1951, after a summer studying at Black Mountain College, she entered Hunter College where she studied with Robert Motherwell and received her BA in 1955.[5]

As a graduation gift from her parents, she traveled to Europe, but on her return she fell out from her parents over a love affair and was forced onto her own resources. Dollie Chareau, the widow of Pierre Chareau, let her stay in Chareau's studio, and she began working for George Wittenborn [de], a dealer in art books and small-press publisher as a clerk at Wittenborn's bookstore and assistant with his publishing. This was the beginning of her work in art publishing and art history.[6]

Writing career[edit]

Gablik has written articles for Art in America (for which she was the London correspondent for fifteen years),[7] ARTnews (1962-1966),[7] Times Literary Supplement,[8][9] and The New Criterion,[10] as well as for blogs.[11]

Gablik's first book was Pop Art Redefined, co-authored with art critic John Russell.[7][12] Her other books include: Progress in Art (1977),[13] Has Modernism Failed? (1982),[14] The Reenchantment of Art (1992),[15] Conversations Before the End of Time (1995),[16] Living the Magical Life: An Oracular Adventure (2002),[17] and Magritte (1970),[18] about the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, written while living with the Magrittes.[19]

Gablik's The Reenchantment of Art announced her disenchantment with “the compulsive and oppressive consumeristic framework in which we do our work,” and argued that a re-connection to the primordial and to ritual might allow “for a return of soul.”[20][21] Instead of traditional forms of religion, however, Gablik sought out contemporary art that she believed broke out of the Western framework, championing the work of artists such as Frank Gohlke, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Nancy Holt, Dominique Mazeaud, Fern Shaffer and Otello Anderson, Starhawk, James Turrell and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, in the book and in subsequent critical writing.[22]

In addition to her critical articles, Gablik has conducted interviews with other artists, art critics or philosophers, such as Richard Shusterman.[23][24] She has also written essays for exhibition catalogues of shows that she has curated.[25]

Her papers are held at the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.[7][6]

Teaching[edit]

Gablik taught at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts and Washington and Lee University, and has lectured at many others. Between 1976–1979, she participated in US International Communications Agency lecture tours in India, Hungary, Pakistan, and countries of South Asia.[26] She also gave a presentation at the Fall 1986 Mountain Lake Symposium on "Postmodernism and the Question of Meaning: For a New Spiritualism."[27]

Collections and exhibitions[edit]

Gablik's art work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum[28] and the Black Mountain College Museum collection.[29]

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[30]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2003, Gablik was awarded a National Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in the visual arts by the Women's Caucus for Art.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suzi Gablik - Dictionary of Art Historians". arthistorians.info. Retrieved 3 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Resurgence • Author Suzi Gablik". www.resurgence.org. Retrieved 4 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Suzi Gablik". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 29 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Interview with Suzi Gablik". jari.podbean.com. Retrieved 5 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Suzi Gablik - Artist, Fine Art Prices, Auction Records for Suzi Gablik". askart.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Stieber, Jason (2014). "Collector's Note: Suzi Gablik Abroad". Archives of American Art Journal. 53 (1/2): 140–145. doi:10.1086/aaa.53.1_2.43155548. ISSN 0003-9853. JSTOR 43155548. S2CID 192168719.
  7. ^ a b c d "Detailed description of the Suzi Gablik papers, 1954-2014". Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 5 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Suzi Gablik". OverDrive. Retrieved 5 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Gablik, Suzi. "A Catalogue of Horrors: Suzi Gablik on Edward Kienholz, in 1965 | ARTnews". www.artnews.com. Retrieved 3 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Gablik - Art and God". Scribd. Retrieved 4 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Gablik, Suzi. "Suzi Gablik" (PDF). GreenMuseum. Retrieved 3 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Reviews of Pop Art Redefined:
  13. ^ Reviews of Progress in Art:
  14. ^ Reviews of Has Modernism Failed?:
  15. ^ Reviews of The Reenchantment of Art:
  16. ^ Reviews of Conversations Before the End of Time:
  17. ^ "Annotated List of Recent Books". Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 10 (2): 299–308. July 2003. doi:10.1093/isle/10.2.299. JSTOR 44086217.
  18. ^ Dutton, Flora (1971). "Review of Magritte". The Burlington Magazine. 113 (823): 616–619. ISSN 0007-6287. JSTOR 876774.
  19. ^ Gablik, Suzi (1970). Magritte. New York Graphic Society. ISBN 0500490031.
  20. ^ Gablik, Suzi. The Reenchantment of Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 1992, p. 3, 11. ISBN 978-0-5002768-9-1. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  21. ^ Morgan, David. “Enchantment, Disenchantment, Re-Enchantment,” in Re-Enchantment, edited by James Elkins, David Morgan. New York: Routledge, 2009, p. 16-17. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  22. ^ Gablik, Suzi. “Arts and the Earth: Making Art as If the World Mattered,” Orion, Autumn 1995, p. 44.
  23. ^ "FAU - Breaking Out of the White Cube". www.fau.edu. Retrieved 4 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ Gablik, Suzi. “The Ecological Imperative, An Interview with Fern Shaffer and Othello Anderson,” Art Papers, Nov. 1991.
  25. ^ "apexart :: Suzi Gablik :: Sacred Wild". www.apexart.org. Retrieved 4 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ Art, Archives of American. "Detailed description of the Suzi Gablik papers, 1954-2014 | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". www.aaa.si.edu. Retrieved 5 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Postmodernism and the Question of Meaning". msu.edu. Retrieved 7 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ Smithsonian Institution. "Suzi Gablik: Works by this artist". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 20 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ "Suzi Gablik". Black Mountain College Museum. Retrieved 20 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ "Suzi Gablik". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 20 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ "Women's Caucus for Art Honor Awards 2003" (PDF). National Women's Caucus for Art. Retrieved 20 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)