Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture, which emerged around 1970 in relation to photorealist painting. Together with Duane Hanson, born in 1925, and John De Andrea, her contemporary, Feuerman was one of the three leaders in making lifelike sculptures that portray their models precisely. While Hanson used uniforms and props to achieve a Pop Art irony, and De Andrea explores the love relationships of men and women, Feuerman’s sculptures have always visualized a natural beauty and a sense of inner peace, especially of women. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of super-realism’ by art historian John Spike, Feuerman has solidified her place in the rhetoric of art history.
Born in 1945, and actively sculpting and exhibiting today, Feuerman has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives and innumerable art gallery one-woman exhibitions. Many of her works have been exhibited in public gardens and city streets around the world, ranging from the Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, Italy, in 2005, the Venice Biennale, Giardini, Venice, Italy, in 2007 and in 2009 the Roman Amphitheatre in Fiesole Italy. In 2009 and 2015 she exhibited in the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. In 2009, the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2013. The NYC Parks Department exhibited her ‘Survival of Serena’ in Petrosino Square in SoHo, from May to September 2012. Several of her sculptures in bronze are owned and permanently installed in public, including ‘The Golden Mean’, which stands in Riverfront Green Park overlooking the Hudson River in Peekskill, New York and “The Double Diver”, in the City of Sunnyvale, California. Sculptures in various techniques by Carole Feuerman have been acquired for the permanent collections of nineteen American art museums. The Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation was formed in 2011 in order to “generate excitement and passion for the arts” and to inspire and reward deserving artists with exhibition opportunities and internships for college credit and grants. Her private collectors include the Emperor of Japan, Mr. William & Hillary Clinton, Norman Brahman, the Caldic Collection, Mark Parker, William Mack, Ariella Wertheimer, Robert Hurst, and Malcolm Forbes.
By John T. Spike, Art Historian, Assistant Director & Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art.