Gloria Kisch

Gloria Kisch was born in New York City in 1941. She was the daughter of a German immigrants. After completing her first undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College in 1963, she enrolled at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she studied alongside artists such as Bas Jan Ader and Barry Le Va. She went on to attain both a BFA and an MFA in 1969 from Otis and embarked on a series of hard-edge paintings that defined much of her output until she abandoned the medium entirely in 1971. Thereafter, her output was dedicated to sculpture, of varied scale and materials, primarily of a post-minimalist approach and aesthetic. Throughout the 1970s, Kisch was a part of the intimate circle of both feminist and post-minimal artists living and working near her in Venice Beach, California, including Judy Chicago, John Baldessari and many others.  In 1982 she moved back to New York, settling in the East Village where she dedicated her process to metal working in bronze, aluminum and stainless steel.  A decade later, she bought a 40-acre space in Flanders, Long Island, where she devoted the rest of her life to metal work across all scales, with particular interest in monumental, outdoor work that reflected her interest in nature and the environment.  Through the 1980s and 90s she exhibited prolifically, at venues that included PS1, New York; Bergen Museum of Art, New Jersey; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; LACMA, Los Angeles, among others.  In 2009, she published “Gloria Kisch:  Fusion of Opposites,” a monograph that spanned her career.  Gloria’s sudden death in 2014 left behind a trove of works, many of which have never been shown publicly.