Vernon Fisher

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The Fall of Icarus (after Bruegel), 2015 / Oil on Canvas / 60 x 60 inches

Artist Biography

Vernon Fisher's preoccupation with archive, information transmission, memory, and taxonomy stems from an early interest in how people make sense of the world. His hallmark blackboard paintings recall pedagogical lessons or speculative renderings, oftentimes replacing sequential logic with disordered notations analogous to excerpts from an unrepressed mindscape. Fisher’s work is often contextualized within a postmodern lineage, as expounded in Frances Colpitt's essay for the monograph, Vernon Fisher, University of Texas Press, 2010, which was produced in tandem with Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism, the artist’s career retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Vernon Fisher (b. 1943, Texas) has been included in two Whitney Biennials (most recently in 2000). Museum installations include the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Major public collections include: Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, (NY), Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Dallas Museum of Art (TX), Denver Art Museum (CO), Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis (MN), High Museum of Art, Atlanta (GA), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (TX), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX), Museum of Modern Art (NY), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Phoenix Art Museum (AZ), San Antonio Museum of Art (TX), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY), Wadsworth Museum of Art (CT), Tucson Museum of Art, (AZ), Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN). The artist lives and works in Fort Worth, TX.


Vernon Fisher: A Retrospective

Vernon Fisher: A Retrospective

June 18 - July 18, 2015

In Bloom

In Bloom

May 7 - Jun 13, 2015

Vernon Fisher

Vernon Fisher

Mar 23 - Apr 27, 2013



Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2011

Selected Press

Patron Magazine - Inside Vernon Fisher's Studio

Glasstire - Robyn O’Neil vs. Vernon Fisher at Talley Dunn Gallery

Fabrik - Works by Vernon Fisher and Debbie Long at Mark Moore Gallery

Artweek LA - Vernon Fisher: New Work

Dallas Art Revue - The Storyteller Paints a Book

Glasstire - Interview with Vernon Fisher

Art Daily - Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism

Art and Seek - Tuesday Morning Roundup

D Magazine - In Fort Worth Retrospective, Vernon Fisher Plays With the Ephemeral and Permanence

Dallas News - Art Review: Vernon Fisher at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Star-Telegram - Art Review

Art Lies - Vernon Fisher, Jocko at Dover, 2009

Dallas Art News - Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism

Fort Worth Weekly - Fort Worth Artist Gets Modern Show

Artforum - Donald Kuspit

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