Ralph Wickiser
American, 1910-1998
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Selected exhibitions
2018
The Compassion Series Paintings 1957-1965,
Walter Wickiser Gallery
2016
Georgetown University Gallery: Ralph L. Wickiser: A Retrospective 1975 - 1998,
Walter Wickiser Gallery
Ralph L. Wickiser, The Reflected Stream: The Abstract Years 1985 - 1998,
Walter Wickiser Gallery

Ralph Wickiser gained renown for his ever-evolving style of symbolic art drawn from nature, at once expressive and intimate. Trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, Wickiser began as a representational artist in the 1930s and evolved into Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and '60s. He would then segue into modes of representational abstraction in the 1970s, only to push new boundaries with his purified and flattened analytical abstractions of trees and reflections in the late '80s. Wickiser was included in the 1953 Annual at the Whitney Museum in the company of colleagues Milton Avery, Adolph Gottlieb, and Willem de Kooning. As a Woodstock Artist Association insider and head of the Pratt Institute’s Master of Fine Art program, Wickiser worked closely with friends Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Stephen Pace, Franz Kline, and Philip Pearlstein. Wickiser’s non-objective …

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