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Artist Studio: Carole A. Feuerman

Carole A. Feuerman
28 West 27th Street, Suite: 488, 4th Fl.
New York, NY  10001
Phone: 212 213 4988

Born: 1945 (Hartford, Ct.)

Lived/Active: New York/Florida

Profession(s): Sculptor, Printmaker, Video Artist

Known for: Sculpture, Portrait, Figural, Hyper Realism

Style(s): Classical, Figuration, Photo Realist

Medium(s): Resin, Bronze, Marble, Painting & Drawing

Price Information as of 11/20/2011:
Prices typically range from $5,000.00 - $1,000,000.00

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Artist Biography:
Carole A. Feuerman is acknowledged as one of the world’s most prominent hyperrealist sculptors. Her prolific career spans four decades. Working in resin, marble and bronze, Feuerman sculpts life-size, monumental and miniature works that encompass a trompe-l’oeil technique. In her resin work, she treats each piece as a 3-dimensional canvas, applying multiple layers of paint, and finishing with her signature water droplets. Working in molten metals, she has also developed her own unique methodology of sculpting which she calls “painting with fire”.

Feuerman has had six museum retrospectives to date and has been included in prominent exhibitions at The State Hermitage, The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the Kuntsmuseum Ahlen and the Circulo de Bellas Artes. Among the notable honors she has received are the Amelia Peabody Award, the Betty Parsons Award, the Lorenzo de Medici Prize, and first prizes at the 2008 Beijing Biennale and Beijing Olympics Fine Arts Exhibition. Her work is in the selected collections of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Forbes Magazine Collection, the Caldic Collection, and Credit Swiss Collection. Selected public collections include Grounds for Sculpture, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Bass Museum, Vin & Sprithistoriska Museet and Art-st-Urban. She has taught, lectured and given workshops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and Columbia University. There are currently three full-color monographs about her work: Carole A. Feuerman: Sculpture, written by Eleanor Munro and published by Hudson Hills Press, now in its second edition, and Carole A. Feuerman: La Scultura Incontra la Realta, by Gabriele Caioni, which is available in both English and Italian. Her monumental sculpture Grande Catalina is featured in A History of Western Art by Antony Mason and John T. Spike and published by Abrams Books in twelve languages.

Feuerman was granted her first museum retrospective at the Queens Museum in 1987, followed by her second retrospective at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in 2000.  In 2004, her sculpture Sunburn was featured in the highly acclaimed group exhibition “An American Odyssey, 1945/1980: Debating Modernism”, which was curated by Stephen C. Foster and opened at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain.  The exhibition surveyed over one hundred works of iconic American artists and travelled to Salamanca and Coruna before coming to New York in 2005.  The New York Times and the New Yorker, among others, reviewed the exhibition.  The same year featured Feuerman's third retrospective entitled “Resin to Bronze Topographies” at the City University of New York.  In 2007, she had a solo show entitled “By the Sea” at the Pavilion Paradiso, curated by John Spike at the Venice Biennale, which drew a quarter-million visitors.  The exhibition showcased her monumental sculptures Survival of Serena and Grande Catalina prominently at the entrance to the Biennale.  Simultaneous to the Biennale, Feuerman exhibited in OPEN 2007, an international sculpture exhibition in Venice, as well as a solo show entitled “Lust and Desires” at Art-St-Urban in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Following these successes, she had a major solo exhibition in Florence’s prestigious Moretti Galleries and was the featured artist in “46 XX”, at Moscow’s Na Solyanke State Gallery.  Her next retrospective, held in 2008, was at The Archeological Museum in Fiesole, Italy, followed by inclusion in “Art and Illusion: Masterpieces of Trompe-l’oeil from Antiquity to the Present” at the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation.  The year closed with her fifth retrospective “Silence-Passion-Expression” at the Amarillo Art Museum in Texas, which was nominated by the AISEI for the best Monographic Exhibition. In 2010, Feuerman’s sculpture Monumental Shower was exhibited in “Intimacy, Bathing in Art” at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen in Germany alongside works by ninety artists including Edgar Degas, Louise Bourgeois, Fernando Botero, David Hockney and Joseph Beuys. During the fall of 2010, Feuerman had her sixth retrospective, entitled “Earth Water Air Fire”, at the El Paso Museum of Art, which showcased fifty-two works and premiered her video and sculptural installations.  Following the close of the exhibition, the museum’s members voted her sculpture Summer for purchase into the museum’s permanent collection. 2011 began with solo exhibitions at the Elaine Baker Gallery in Boca Raton Florida, Galerie Hübner & Hübner in Frankfurt, Germany and Aria Art Gallery in Florence, Italy.  In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Feuerman's bronze sphere New World - AM/PM was featured in “Afterwards and Forward: A ten year 9/11 reflective art exhibition” at the New Jersey City University alongside works by Joel Meyerowitz, Yoko Ono, Ultra Violet and Duda Penteado.

Planned for 2012, New York City Parks and Recreation will showcase Feuerman’s “Survival of Serena” in bronze at Petrosino Square, in Soho during the spring and summer months. Solo exhibitions are scheduled in London and with Rarity Gallery in Mykonos, Greece for the summer and Jim Kempner Fine Art in Chelsea, New York for the fall.  On an ongoing basis, Feuerman’s work can be seen in all galleries representing her worldwide. For more information please visit or contact

Hofstra University
Temple University
School of Visual Arts, BFA

2014, John Yau and John Spike CaroleA. Feuerman:Swimmers, The Artist Book Foundation, 185 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2010, Kunst Museum Ahlen Intimacy, Bathing in Art, Wienand, 350 pages (color)
2010, Finn & Munro Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture, Hudson Hills, 184 pages (color)
2010, Dena Merriam, Eleanor Munro, David Finn Carole A Feuerman - Sculpture, Hudson Hills Press, 180 pages (color)
2010, Dena Merriam and Eleanor Munro Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture - 2nd Edition, Hudson Hills Press, 188 pages (color)
2010, David S. Rubin Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960's, Robert C. Morgan, Daniel Pinchbeck-MIT Press, 140 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2009, Stephen C. Foster American Odyssey 1945/1980: Debating Modernism, Circulo De Bellas Artes, 412 pages (color)
2009, Quinta Edizione Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contempotanea, Arte Studio
2009, Dena Merriam, Eleanor Munro, David Finn Carole A. Feuerman: Sculpture, Hudson Hills Pres, 180 pages (color)
2009, Dena Merriam and Eleanor Munro Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture, Hudson Hills Press, 185 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2009, Annamaria Giusti Art and Illusions - Masterpieces of Trompe L’oeil from Antiquity to the Present Day, Mandragora, 318 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2009, Living Artists, Network Press
2008, Moretti Carole a. feuerman La Scultura Incontra La Realta, Edizioni Polistampa, 144 pages (color)
2008, Gabriele Caioni CaroleA. Feuerman: La Scultura InContra la Realta, Edition I Polistampa, 80 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2008, Gabriele Caioni Carole A. Feuerman - La Scultura Incontra la Realta, Edizioni Polistampa, 146 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2008, Gabriele Caioni Carole A. Feuerman: La Scultura Incontra La Realta, Moretti Galleries, 144 pages (color)
2008, Gabriele Caioni Carole A Feuerman - La Scultura Incontra la Realta, Edizioni Polistampa, 146 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2008, Antony Mason, John T. Spike A History of Western Art - From Prehistory to the Twentieth Century, Harry N. Abrams, 128 pages (color)
2008, Antony Mason and John T Spike A History of Western Art - From Prehistory to the 20th Century, Abrams, 128 pages (color)
2008, Amarillo Museum of Art Silence. Passion. Expression. - The Sculptures of Carole A. Feuerman, Amarillo Museum of Art, 78 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2007, Ricardo Lescano Grosso Contemporary Art, Images and Critic, ATCultura (color)
2007, mason & Spike A History of Western Art, Abrams, 128 pages (color)
2006, Virginia Watson Jones Contemporary Woman Sculptors, Oryx Press (color)
2006, Scott Richards Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA,, Exhibition Catalog
2006, Estella Ellis, Seebohm, Sykes At Home with Art: How Art Lovers Live with and Care for Their Treasures, Potter (color)
2006, Arcade, Fine Art Old Masters to Contemporary, Cataloge, New York, NY, June 21,, Exhibition Catalog
2005, Stephen C. Foster An American Odyssey 1945/1980 - Debating Modernism, 411 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2005, Stephen C. Foster American Odyssey 1945/1980: Debating Modernism, Circulo De Bellas Artes, 412 pages (color)
2005, Quinta Edizione Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contempotanea, Arte Studio
2003, Living Artists, Network Press
1999, Finn & Munro Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture, Hudson Hills (color)
1999, Dena Merriam and Eleanor Munro Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture - 1st Edition, Hudson Hills Press,, 168 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1986, Virginia Watson Jones Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Oryx Press (color)
1986, Harvey Stein Artists Observed, Abrams (color)

Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2012 , New York City Parks and Recreation, New York, NY, solo
2011, DNAXX, “Carole A. Feuerman – Sculpture”, Florence, Italy, solo
2010, El Paso Museum of Art, “Earth, Water, Air, Fire”, curated by Christian Gerstheimer, El Paso, TX, solo
2009, Archeological Museum of Fiesole, “Carole Feuerman: Maxima”, curated by Gaetano Salmista, Florence, Italy, solo
2009, Art-st-Urban, “East Meets West”, Lucerne, Switzerland, solo
2008, Beijing Biennale, 1st Prize, Beijing, China
2008, Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, 1st Prize, Beijing, China
2008, Amarillo Museum of Art, “Silence, Passion, Expression”, curated by Graziella Marchicelli, Ph.D., Amarillo, TX, solo
2007, Venice Biennale, Paradiso Cafe, The Concilio of Europeo dell’Arte, “By the Sea”, curated by John T. Spike, Giardini, Venice, Italy, solo
2007, Art-st-Urban, “Lust and Desires”, curated by Gertrude Kohler-Aeschlimann, Lucerne, Switzerland, solo
2005 Queensborough Community College Museum, CUNY, Retrospective, curated by Faustino Quintanilla, New York, NY, solo
2005, City of Florence, Florence Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Medici Award, Florence, Italy

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2011, Aria Art Gallery, “Carole A. Feuerman: hyperbodies”, Florence, Italy, solo
2011, Weber Fine Art, Greenwich, CT, solo
2011, Galerie Hübner & Hübner, “Carole Feuerman: Skulpturen”, Frankfurt, Germany, solo
2010, Elaine Baker Gallery, “Carole A. Feuerman: H20”, curated by Deborah Sponder, Boca Raton, FL, solo
2010, Elaine Baker Gallery/Boca Raton Beach Resort, curated by Deborah Sponder, Boca Raton, FL, solo
2010, Galerie Klose, “More Than Reality”, Essen, Germany, solo
2010, Louise Alexander Gallery, curated by Frederic Arnal, Porto Cervo, Italy, solo
2010, Sculpturesite Gallery, “CAROLE A. FEUERMAN: Reality Check”, curated by Brigitte Micmacker, San Francisco, CA, solo
2009, Jim Kempner Fine Art, “Carole Feuerman: Swimmers, Bathers, Nudes”, curated by Dru Arstark, New York, NY, solo
2008, Moretti Gallery, “La Scultura Incontra La Realta”, curated by Gabriele Caioni, Florence, Italy, solo
2007, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, “Neptune,” curated by Scott Richards, San Francisco, CA, solo

Learning Through the Arts: Guggenheim Museum, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
National Women Caucus for Art, NY
Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
International Women’s Forum, NY
International Sculpture Society
Woman’s Leadership Forum
Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
Bass Museum of Arts, FL
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY

Magazine and Newspaper References:
2011, la Repubblica, “Hyperbodies: Nuotatrici in un mare di benessere”
2011, Daily News UK, "Madame Tussauds take note: Artist creates stunning works so realistic they're treated like real people"
2011, Artes Magazine, "Hyper-Realistic Sculptor, Carole Feuerman Masters the Subtle Human Gesture"
2011, Libertarian Magazine, "Carole Feuerman"
2011, Savant Magazine "Body of Work with Carole Feuerman"
2011, NY Arts Magazine "Carole Feuerman Hyperbodies? Hyperrealism… Sculptures of Excitement"
2011, WHOA Magazine, "Larger Than Life"
2010, SUMMUS Magazine, “Realismo y Sensualidad”
2009, Sculpture Magazine, "Physical States of Being: A Conversation with Carole Feuerman"
2008, Art of the Times, "Breaking the Surface"
2005, Fine Art Magazine, "Carole Feuerman's Triumphant Return to Venice Biennale"
2005, Art & Antiques, In the Swim: Carole Feuerman's sculptures stay in shape

Dealers or Representatives:
Jim Kempner Fine Art
Baker Sponder
KM Fine Art
Scott Richards
New Leaf Gallery, Sculpturesite
Ted Yarger Gallery
Aria Gallery
Rarity Gallery

Artist Statement:

“All of my life, making art has been my passion. As I have experienced life, the forms that my work has taken have evolved and deepened and my love for creating has endured. I want my art to inspire the viewer to look closely at what stands before them. One never knows what’s in the mind, even when there is a smile on one’s face.  It is not the fleeting moment that I try to capture, but the universal feeling caught in that fleeting moment. I want the viewer to complete the story, to reflect and feel touched. If this connection could be for eternity, it would be my masterpiece.”

Review of Artist's Work:
“Feuerman’s figures seem capable of thought. They evoke an inward life, which invited the viewer’s speculation as well as signals the distance between them and us. We can never know what they might be thinking. And perhaps that’s the point.”

John Yau, Art Critic, Poet, Essayist, Editor, and Professor

“Feuerman’s is a vein of realism so far untapped; a significant intersection of classical illusion, unforgiving realism and eloquently silent objectivity. What we see is a common grounds of abstraction; a confluence of realisms that render “classicism,” “realism” and “non-objectivity” as incidental and merely exhibited properties of that work.”

Stephen C. Foster, Expert in Early Twentieth Century, European, and mid-twentieth Century American Art, Renowned Art Historian, Author, and Curator

“Each and everybody is meticulously rendered, and alive with urgent feeling, even when it is no more than a fragment – a torso or foot, a face of elbow – symbolize of a grander femininity, indeed, of the eternal feminine. Feuerman clearly knows the female body from the emotional inside as well as the physical outside.”

Donald Kuspit, Renowned Art Critic, Author, Editor of Art Criticism, and Teacher

“Carole Feuerman’s art touches on a wide variety of personal emotions, centered on the human figure, and mainly women, Feuerman is indisputably the American doyenne of realistic figure sculpture.”

John T. Spike, Noted Art Historian of Italian Art of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth, Director of the Florence Biennale, and Author

“Her creation performances are reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s gestural paintings, yet they bring the fourth dimension of time into the three dimensional forms.”

Lisa Paul Streitfeld, Art Critic, Curator, Artist

“Feuerman’s Fragmentary sculptures grow on one as they are meant to do. She chooses familiar themes and movements. Feuerman’s art allows and encourages flights of fantasy, and involve us with an intimacy unexpected at first glance.”

Margaret Kelly, Curator, the FORBES Magazine collection

“Feuerman’s bronze castings are a brilliant example of deconstruction/reinvention of the perennial classical/contra classical dialogue. Carole A. Feuerman’s recent work gives contemporary meaning to the ancient adage, out of the fire comes life.”

George Nelson Preston, Ph.D. Department of Art CCNY/CUNY, 1999

“It can be said that the true measure of an artist’s credibility is how clearly the arc of her work parallels the trajectory of her life. Like Picasso or Pollack, as the artist matures and develops mastery of craft, the work itself becomes more simplified or abstract.”

Tarssa Yazdau, Writer & Artist

“Feuerman transforms her personal optimism and pain into her sculpture. Her work has great magnetism and demands interaction between the artist as a storyteller and the viewer. We reflect and are transformed by her work.”

Faustino Quintanilla, Director of QCC Art Museum / CUNY

“Carole Feuerman knows there is gloom in the world, but she wants the viewer to share her celebration of life. It is the life that she breathes into the pieces after months of work that make them exist. And exist they do, as important contemporary sculptures that will prove themselves over the years.”

Richard Shack, Emeritus Board Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Founder of NMMA, Board Member of Whitney Museum, 100 top art collectors

“For me, contact with the figure — eyes closed — creates a kind of interiority or intimacy that feels both voyeuristic and revelatory.”

Rick Friswell, Managing Editor,

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