This online exhibit accompanies an exhibition presented at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery from August 28–December 18, 2019. The exhibition represents the first retrospective of the artist’s career in over thirty years.
Created between 1962 and 2006, the works reproduced online are drawn entirely from the Robert W. Fichter Archive at UMBC. The selection highlights the artist’s experimental approach to examining the human condition. Employing shifting moods and mediums as well as wit, humor, and satire, Fichter delivers 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—he presents a singular vision of humanity on the brink.
The exhibition Experimentalist: The Art of Robert Fichter was curated by Tom Beck, Curator Emeritus. The presentation at the Library Gallery was organized by Beth Saunders, Curator and Head of Special Collections.
Online exhibit by Grace Ferguson.
Texts by Tom Beck and Beth Saunders with Grace Ferguson.
To view the exhibition in person, visit the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, on the first floor of the Library. Open 10-4:30 M-W; 10-8 Th, and 12-5 Saturday & Sunday. Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. for the public program, The Art of Robert W. Fichter: Talks by Eileen Cowin, Adam Straus, and Tom Beck. Reception to follow presentations. Robert W. Fichter books available for sale during reception.
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