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Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter
August 1, 2020 – August 19, 2020
In fall 2019, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presented Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter, the first retrospective of the artist’s career in over thirty years. We are pleased now offer this exhibition in an online version, available here.
Drawn from his archive at UMBC, the 55 works in this exhibition created between 1962 and 2006 highlight Fichter’s exploration of the human condition across photography, printmaking, and painting. Fichter employs shifting moods and mediums as well as wit, humor, and satire to deliver trenchant critiques of war, nuclear proliferation, and environmental disaster. Firmly rooting his expressive compositions in a strong sense of place — the surreal landscapes of his native Florida — Fichter presents a singular vision of humanity on the brink.
Images, from top: Robert W. Fichter, Winged Flying Dog, 1979. Polaroid print, 22 x 27 1/8 in. Photography Collections, UMBC (Coll132-P030); Medical Analysis, 1983. Silver dye-bleach print, 46 ¾ x 40 in. Photography Collections, UMBC (Coll132-P059)
The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, as well as individual contributions.