• Joseph Friebert
    Storefronts and Cleaners
    1949-50
    oil on Masonite
    18 x 28 inches

  • Joseph Friebert
    Human Carnival
    1951
    oil on panel
    36 x 24 inches

  • Joseph Friebert
    The Lineup
    1947
    oil on board
    25 x 15 inches

  • Joseph Friebert
    State Street Sadie
    1939
    oil and tempera on board
    16 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches

  • Joseph Friebert
    Two Lines, One Job
    1939
    oil on board
    16 1/4 x 20 inches

  • Joseph Friebert
    The Knockout
    1938
    wash drawing
    16 x 10 1/2 inches

  • Fred Berman
    2 & H
    c.1965
    wooden assemblage
    21 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

  • Fred Berman
    Great Primer
    1964
    assemblage
    32 1/4 x 16 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches

  • Fred Berman
    Rain Shadows 1
    1963
    oil on canvas
    52 x 54 inches

  • Fred Berman
    Benjamin Franklin I
    1958
    oil and collage on panel
    7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

  • Fred Berman
    White City No. 4 (White Patterns)
    1955
    oil on masonite
    24 x 26 inches

  • Alfred Sessler
    Aging
    1967
    oil on masonite
    10” x 6”


PRESS RELEASE

 

Chicago’s great working-class neighbor to the north, Milwaukee is the home of a longstanding and powerful artistic legacy. This exhibition will feature the work of several generations of interrelated artists, focusing on painters Joseph Friebert (1908-2002) and Fred Berman (b. 1926). On view will be Friebert’s social realist paintings of the ’40s, including a series of devastating holocaust images, and his increasingly abstract architectural works of the ’50s, which were chosen by curator Katherine Kuh for the seminal 1956 Venice Biennale (which was topically titled “American Artists Paint the City”). Berman’s “White Cathedral” was selected for the same exhibition, and Berman’s paintings and assemblages, which in some ways pick up on the groundwork that Friebert constructed, will also be a core part of this show. The exhibit will also include work by Gerrit Sinclair, Alfred Sessler, Robert von Neumann and others.