Suzan Frecon
watercolors and small oil paintings

David Zwirner is pleased to present recent paintings and works on paper by Suzan Frecon in concurrent exhibitions in New York and London, marking the artist's first show in London and her fourth overall solo presentation with the gallery.


For almost five decades, Frecon has created abstract paintings that address issues of horizontality and verticality, asymmetrical balances, and interacting arrangements of color. Each composition is the result of a deliberative process guided by careful attention to spatial relationships. Working slowly, she accrues paint gradually, allowing the process of arriving at a given configuration to take ultimate precedence. 


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Suzan Frecon
Suzan Frecon
verona, 2015

Roberta Smith writes in The New York Times, "Her work has a deeper, quieter kind of originality: a sense of unassailable integrity and the fullness of form . . . [Her paintings] combine Rothko's color at its most winey and most somber with the carefully modulated geometries of Ellsworth Kelly, but are always clearly handmade, painted with a meditative quality that evokes Morandi . . ."

"I think the nature of oil painting is slow, and I like that slowness because the larger result of visual art. . . [is that it] lifts you out of time and yourself. . . This is what I want in my paintings—this indefinable suspended feeling." —Frecon in conversation with Josef Helfenstein at her studio in 2007.

Suzan Frecon, 2015. Photo: Julie Brown Harwood.

The Artist Project is an online series produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which gives artists the opportunity to respond to the museum's encyclopedic collection. In this video, Frecon chose to discuss Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Madonna and Child, ca. 1290–1300. Reflecting on this painting as an influence on her own work, Frecon says, "Duccio knew how to compose. I consider Duccio a great colorist."

In 2016, Frecon received the American Artist's Legacy Foundation Artist Award which recognized her subtle, meticulous compositions and attention to the physical qualities of her paintings. "She has talent, commitment to that talent, and her commitment has endured long enough to serve as inspirational to others," said one of the jurors, the sculptor Suzanne Caporael.


Suzan Frecon in her studio, 2015. Photo: Julie Brown Harwood.

oil paintings and sun documents Frecon's engagement with natural light, the varying subtleties of which she integrates into the creation of her paintings. The publication includes an essay by David Cohen, details and installation views of the exhibition, color photographs of the artist's studio and materials, and an illustrated visual appendix showing a selection of Frecon's reference sources for the works with commentary written by the artist.