Harriet Korman Celebrated by Noted Critic

Colorful abstract Harriet Korman painting
Harriet Korman, “Focus” (2011), oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (image courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, photo by Kevin Noble).

Online arts magazine Hyperallergic recently published a lengthy rave about painter and Fine Arts faculty member Harriet Korman. Critic and Hyperallergic associate editor John Yau called Korman “a benchmark for abstract painting.” Yau wrote, “As she operates in this pared-down way Korman keeps reinventing the basic building blocks of a painting, which I see as the application of line and color on a flat surface. This is her unrivaled achievement, and it delivers a bracing challenge to other artists of her generation.” Known in part for his monographs on Jasper Johns, Yau has written about Korman for the site twice before. Korman, who showed in the Whitney Biennial in 1972 and 1995, has taught at FIT for many years. Teaching has helped her as an artist, she said recently, because “it put me in a situation where I was interacting with more people. I had to get better at verbalizing the visual.”

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