The GALLERY OF WISCONSIN ART will present three exhibitions – running concurrently - focusing on abstraction in painting and sculpture by Wisconsin artists - past and present. These special works are on exhibit March 3 – April 28, opening with a public reception on March 3, 4 – 7 pm.

The main gallery will showcase a fascinating, historical, and scholarly important exhibit. THREE GENERATIONS OF ABSTRACTION will highlight tour-de-force paintings of three of Wisconsin’s most important artists: Santos Zingale (1908 – 1999), Fred Berman (1926 – 2011), and Richard Lazzaro (1937 – present). Their art celebrates the imaginative freedom of abstraction developed during the 20th century; each creates innovative works applying aesthetic sensibilities evolving within their decade and beyond. Throughout their careers the three artists exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and are represented in numerous museums, private and corporate collections in the U. S. and abroad.

Best known for his early paintings depicting socio-political subjects of the 1930’s and 40’s urban and rural landscape of American life, Santos Zingale (former UW painting professor) ventured into more colorful, painterly works based on the interpretation of landscape and visions from his travels. Fred Berman (former UW-Milw. painting professor) departed from the traditional subject matter of still life, landscape and urban scenes to eventually explore a more immediate style of paint application creating surface and texture that bridged representation and abstraction as his forms became diffused in a misty atmospheric environment. Initially working with representational and semi-abstract imagery, retired UW Painting professor Richard Lazzaro’s paintings are free from figural association. They reflect the act of painting to determine the formation of the work, its developed marks, shapes and illusion, which become the subject or expression of the work.   

In conjunction with the painting exhibit is SCULPTURAL ABSTRACTION presenting the three-dimensional works of Bruce Breckenridge (retired UW Ceramics Professor), Artistotle Georgiades (current UW Sculpture professor) and Jerry Anderson.  Their imaginative structures explore sculptural construction through free association in the pioneering spirit initiated by the non-traditional, radical artists of the 20th century.

The tall, complex, clay sculptures of Bruce Breckenridge use familiar objects, images, symbols and shapes organized into assembled, stacked forms that are colorfully painted with patterns, marks and images. Aristotle Georgiades utilizes common materials of discarded wood, architectural fragments and objects that he constructs into large, expressive sculptural metaphors. Objects created by Jerry Anderson take the form of furniture that are sculptural representations adorned with collaged or painted images and patterns denoting cultural and historical topics as “visual stories”.



As You Like It by Jerry Anderson
As You Like It
Jerry Anderson

Plywood, Photo Copies, and Metal
29 x 28 x 6 in.
Collusion by Jerry Anderson
Jerry Anderson

Plexiglass and Photocopies
20 x 20 x 0.75 in.
Dia de Los Muertos Mesa by Jerry Anderson
Dia de Los Muertos Mesa
Jerry Anderson

Maple, Plywood, and Fabric
40 x 40 x 22 in.
Shaker Tall Clock by Jerry Anderson
Shaker Tall Clock
Jerry Anderson

Plywood, Chalk, and Crayon
88 x 24 x 2.5 in.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Jerry Anderson
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Jerry Anderson

Wood, Paint, Fabric, Photo Copies, and Mirror Glas
78 x 20 x 14 in.
Davidson II by Fred Berman
Davidson II
Fred Berman

Oil on Linen
36 x 24 in.
Falling Sun IV by Fred Berman
Falling Sun IV
Fred Berman

Oil on Linen
55 x 42 in.
Landscape by Fred Berman
Fred Berman

Oil on Linen
11 x 14 in.
Rain Shadows II by Fred Berman
Rain Shadows II
Fred Berman

Oil on Canvas
72 x 35 in.
Rain Shadows IV by Fred Berman
Rain Shadows IV
Fred Berman

Oil on Linen
72 x 56 in.
Still Life with Bottles by Fred Berman
Still Life with Bottles
Fred Berman

Oil on Panel
15 x 30 in.