Ruth Ann Fredenthal, New York - raf@onemain.com / www.ruthannfredenthal.com
Installation View of "The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light", 2007-2008, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo, N.Y., from left to right: Untitled 178 (1997-1998), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66"; Untitled 163 (1993-1995), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66"; Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo: Joan Boykoff Baron)
Installation View of "The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light", 2007 - 2008, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo, N.Y., Untitled 176, 1997-1998, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo, N.Y. (Photo: Joan Boykoff Baron) Installation View of One Person Exhibition, Spring 1995, Stark Gallery, New York, from left to right: Untitled 160, 1993-1995, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60", The Panza Collection; Untitled 162, 1993-1995, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", Private Collection, Switzerland; Untitled 163, 1993-1995, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", The Panza Collection (Photo: Larry Wheelock) Installation View of The Panza Collection, 1998 to 2003, Museum of Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy: from left to right: Untitled 122, 1984-1993, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66"; Untitled 120, 1984-1986, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66"; Untitled 117, 1983-1985, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", all paintings: The Panza Collection Installation View of One Person Exhibition, Spring 2002, Stark Gallery, Chelsea, New York; Paintings from left to right: Untitled 190, 1999-2001, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60", Private Collection, Switzerland; Untitled 189, 1999-2001, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60"; Untitled 188 (1999-2001), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60", (Photo: David Sotnik) Installation View of One Person Exhibition, Fall 1989, Vera Engelhorn Gallery, New York; Large paintings from left to right: Untitled 133, 1988-1989, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", The Panza Collection; Untitled 130, 1987-1988, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60", The Panza Collection, (Photo: WoWe) Installation View of Private Collection, Italy; from left to right: Untitled 170, 1995-1997, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen , 66" x 66"; Untitled 161, 1993-1995, Multilayered oil on Oyster linen , 60" x 60" (Photo: Private Collector) Installation View of Salotto - Villa Panza Museum, Varese, Italy, from left to right: Untitled 130 (1987-1988), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60'' x 60"; Untitled 121 (1984-1985), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 60", The Panza Collection (Photo: David Sotnik)
Biography

Ruth Ann Fredenthal is a leading painter in the third collection of Count Panza di Biumo of Italy. Her paintings are in The Museum of Contemporary Art of Lugano, Switzerland; The Museum Palazzo Ducale of Gubbio, Italy; The Museum Villa Panza of Varese, Italy (three rooms, two of which were Rothko's in the first Panza Collection); the Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto now the largest contemporary museum in Italy, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo, N. Y.  Buffalo, N. Y.  Her paintings are widely shown in Europe particularly in Italy, and are represented by ArteSilva Contemporaneo of Seregno/Milan and GalleriaMichelaRizzo of Venice.

Fredenthal, who is the daughter of the late David Fredenthal, a watercolor painter and draftsman, was born in Detroit and grew up mostly in Vermont. She has been an artist since childhood, and is a graduate of Bennington  College where she studied with Paul Feeley and Tony Smith.

She was a Fulbright Scholar to Florence, Italy in Painting and the recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Grant in 2008.

She lives and works in New  York.

Statement

Ruth Ann Fredenthal has always been committed to formal abstract oil painting. Her vision is to create paintings of timelessness, beauty and complexity while sustaining the classical Renaissance tradition into today's pure painting realm. Since the early 1970's, she has pursued a deep investigation of the micro-tonalities of pure color and their subtle relationships within a highly complex color field using traditional oil painting techniques.

Fredenthal's luminous paintings, which operate right at the edge of perception, are visually tactile,  sensuously warm and contemplatively rich.  After the initial gestalt of the overall color, a mix of many colors, her paintings slowly and quietly reveal an inner world. Ever changing and pulsing with the shifts of light, a rigorously structured chord of the smallest color differences appears and intensifies with prolonged viewing.

Selected solo-exhibitions
2008 “Ruth Ann Fredenthal – Quadri”,  Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy (Nov. 08. to Jan. 09)
“Ruth Ann Fredenthal -  Quadri”, ArteSilva Contemporanea, Seregno Milano, Italy (Spring 08)
2004 “Le Forme del Silenzio”, Aganahuei Arte Contemporanea, Alba, Italy (April - May)
2002 “New Paintings”, Stark Gallery, New York
200/01

“Ruth Ann Fredenthal – Paintings,” Borromini Arte Contemporanea, Ozzano Monferrato, Italy. (Dec-Jan) (cat.)

1999

“Ruth Ann Fredenthal - Paintings,” Valeria Belvedere Gallery, Milan, Italy (May- July)

1998 Recent Paintings,” Stark Gallery, New York (Oct-Nov)
1995 “New Paintings,” Stark Gallery, New York  (cat.) (May – June)
1994

"Works on Paper 1974-1977," Stark Gallery, New York (Feb – March)

1993 “Recent Paintings,” Stark Gallery, New York (April- May)
1989 Vera Engelhorn Gallery, New York (Oct – Dec)
1981 "Small Paintings," Park-McCullough House, North Bennington, Vermont
1980 P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, The Clocktower; ten-year Retrospective, New York (Oct – Nov)
Selected group-exhibitions
2008 

“The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light”, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, (book), (Nov. 07 – Feb. 08)

2005  “Living Gray”, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum der Stadt Hagen, Hagen, Germany (March – June) (Cat.)
2004      “Storie di Colore”, curated by Angela Madesani, Villa Lagarina, Italy (Oct – Dec) (Cat.)
“Lucidamente”, curated by Giorgio Bonomi, Porto Venere, Italy (June – July) (Cat.)
2002

"La Collezione Panza di Biumo", 10 year loan, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, the new MART, Rovereto, Italy. (Cat.)

1999 “La Collezione Panza di Biumo,”  Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza Museum, Varese, Italy, (cat. & book)
  “Then and Now,”curated by Theresa Chong, The Work Space, New York (cat)
1998

“La Collezione Panza di Biumo. Artisti degli anni ’80 e ’90,” Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio Italy (cat)

1997

“Drawing From Life,” Stark Gallery, New York
“Bridge,” Satellite Gallery, Long Island City, NY

1996 

“La Collezione Panza di Biumo. Artisti degli anni ’80 e ’90,” Museo di Arte Moderna  e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento (cat)

1995  “Donazione Panza di Biumo,” Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland  (Folder) (cat.)
1994 "On Paper", The Sculpture Center, New York
1992-93  Avanti Galleries, New York
1992 

"Painting", Stark Gallery, New York

1990 Vera Engelhorn Gallery, New York
1988 "Underknown in New York II," Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York
1987 "Rigor," John Good Gallery, New York; curated by Stephen Westfall
1986  "Twelve Plus," PMW Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut
1985

AIR Gallery, New York

Attitude Art Gallery, New York
1984 AIR Gallery, New York
1982  Buecker & Harpsichords, New York
"Works on Paper," 537 Artworks, New York
"Made in New York," Andre Zarre, New York
Studio 99 Gallery, West Hampton Beach, New York
1981

"The Big Picture: Major Paintings," Buecker & Harpsichords, New York

1980  Buecker & Harpsichords, New York
1979   

"Small Works," Art Latitude Gallery, New York; curated by Ann Lauterbach

1978  "In the Realm of the Monochromatic," Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York; curated by Michael Walls, traveled to the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago
1979  State University of New York at Stony Brook; curated by Lawrence Alloway
Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York
1977     

"S Curves and Ellipses," Buecker & Harpsichords, New York    

"Collection in Process," (Collection Milton Brutten & Helen Herrick) Moore College of Art, Phila.,Pa.
1976 Buecker & Harpsichords, New York
1975 

"Outdoors-Indoors, Recent Work," Buecker & Harpsichords, New York

"Collectors of the Seventies--Part III, The Collection of Milton Brutten and Helen Herrick," P.S. 1, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources at The Clocktower, New York
1974   Bykert Downtown, New York
"Color--Four Artists," Landmark Gallery, New York
1973  "Contemporary Reflections," Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
"Work from the Aldrich Collection," Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York
"Women Choose Women,"  The New York Cultural Center, New York
1972 

Suffolk Museum and Carriage House, Long Island city, New York

Works in Public Collections
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Bennington College, Bennington, VT
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC and Albany, NY
Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville, TN
Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum der Stadt, Hagen, Germany
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
Museo del Palazzo Ducale di Gubbio, Gubbio, Italy
Museo di Villa Panza, Varese, Italy
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Selected Bibliography

Baron, Reuben and Joan Boykoff Baron, “The Panza Collection”, Artcritical. Com, Dec. 2007.

Collezione Panza Di Biumo A Gubbio,” Segno No.165 (Milan), Dec 1998 – Jan 1999.
Villa Panza Ritorno al Futuro,” FAI- Rapporto Annuale 1999. Italy (Cover Story) pp.28-32
Bonazzi, Francesco, “Ruth Ann Fredenthal – Borromini ArteContemporanea”, Juliet No. 103, Trieste, June 20, 01, p. 50

Bonetti, David, “The Panza Collection”, Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.,( Book), Fall 2007

Borghi, Roberto, “Vareze-La Donazione Panza al F.A.I.”, Segno (Milan), Sept. – Oct. 2000

Borromeo Dina, Lucia.  “Guida ala visita dell’ala padronale,” La Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza e la collezione Panza di Biumo. Skira Publications (Italy) Sept. 2000

Ceresoli, Jacqueline, “The 17th Century Welcomes the Contemporary: Objects and Collections
Villa Menafolio Panza di Biumo”, YesMilano, Milano, Fall 2001

Dabkowski, Colin,”Albright-Knox exhibit: A visionary’s view”, The Buffalo News, Dec.2, 2007.

Dell’orso, Silvia.  “Villa Panza a Varese Restaurata Dal Fai - La Casa Museo Apre e Porte- Installazioni e Opere di Grandi Artisti,” La Repubblica Tutto Milano No.215. Sept 14 –20, 2000 p. 4-5.

Dreiss, Joseph. Review of "Color-Four Artists,"  Arts Magazine, September 1974.
French-Frazier, Nina.  Review, Art International, Vol.  XXIV/5-6, January-February 1981.
Giufre, Maurizio, “Una Mano di Colore nella Stanza di Adalberto Libera”, Il Manifesto, Nov. 10, 2004.
Karmel, Pepe. Review of "On Paper," The New York Times, 23 December 1994.

Koplos, Janet. Review of “Drawing From Life,” Art in America , May 1997.

Kuspit, Donald. “Ruth Ann Fredenthal,” Stark Gallery New York, 1995 (catalog essay).
Lubell, Ellen.  Review of "In the Realm of the Monochromatic," Arts Magazine, September 1978.

____. Review of "Ruth Ann Fredenthal at The Clocktower," Art in America, January 1981.

Marchetti, Corinne. "Au Royame Du Minimal," Beaux Arts Magazine (Paris) No.131, February 1995.

Masoero, Ada. “Varese – Panza, Il Magnifico”  Vernissage Il Giornale Dell’Arte #7 (Italy) September 2000. (Cover Story) pp. 4-8

Murdock, Robert. “Then and Now,” The Work Space, New York, (cat.) Essay, Feb.,1999.

Nicolson, Adam. "Bambi in the Lion's Den," Modern Painters (London) Vol. 7 No.4, Winter 1994.

Perazzi, Mario. Review of “Ruth Ann Fredenthal,” at Belvedere Gallery, Corriere Della Sera, Guida Alle Mostre, Milan, 26 June, 1999

Pontiggia, Elena. Ruth Ann Fredenthal: Le forme del silenzio. Borrimini Arte Contemporanea. Italy, 2000 (Cat.)

Rossi, Laura Mattioli, “Lo Stupore della Forma”, Domus, Sept. 21, 2003.

Schafer, Silvia. “Dialog mit avantgardistischer und etablierter Kunst,” (Review of Basel Art Fair),Bieler Talgatt, (Biel, Switzerland) June 1995.

Sigolo, Alfredo, “Tutta 49a Bienale di ExibArt”, Florence, Friday, June 15, 2001

Sotnik, David. “The Means Are The Ends: Ruth Ann Fredenthal - Portrait of an Artist,” video documentary, New York, 1999

Spagnesi, Licia. “Grandi Collezioni Panza di Biumo Il Vizio dell’Avanguardia,” Arte no.320 (Milan), April 2000, pp.96-102

Spector, Nancy. Review of "Rigor," Artscribe, January/February 1988.
Smith, Roberta. Review of “Drawing From Life,” The New York Times, Art in Review, 7 February, 1997.
Steiner, Jurl. “Das Museum als Bank Die Schenkung Panza di Biumo in Lugano,”Leton, (Basel) 7 April, 1995. p.19
Upshaw, Reagan. Review of "Ruth Ann Fredenthal at Stark," Art In America, November 1993.
Vetrocq, Marcia, E. “Italy: New and Improved”, Art in America, January 2001, pp. 90-97, 126.
Vettese, Angela. “Gubbio - Panza Sceglie Controcorrente,” Il Sole 24 Ore, (Milan) Sunday, July 17, 1999
Walsh, Susan. Interview www.artcritical.com/ SWFredenthal.htm, February 2002
Westfall, Stephen.  Review of "Ruth Ann Fredenthal at Vera Engelhorn," Art in America, March 1990.

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