"Barbara, in all her work, in teaching, in her friendships, and in image-making, binds her universe together into that rare and most powerful form of human connection that we’ve come to call art.”
— Milton Glaser
Native of the Bronx, Barbara Nessim blurs the line between fine art and illustration, as she has done since the early 1960s. The artist embraces bold marks and color to realize compositions of figurative imagery and abstract figures. Continually inspired by new mediums, Nessim became a pioneer of digital art prompted by an artist residency at Time Incorporated’s Time Video Information Services (TVIS) in the early ‘80s. Her illustrations have graced the covers of some of the most prominent periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine.
On October 21, 2017 her exhibition Conditions of Fluidity will open at the Phi Centre in Montreal. Recent exhibitions include An Artful Life at The Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York in 2015 and a retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013. The Victoria and Albert Museum acquired 80 of her artworks which are now in their permanent collection. Abrams published a monograph on Nessim's life and career, which includes an interview by art historian Matthew Israel and an essay by Gloria Steinem, among others.
—Courtesy of ICI
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