Fritz Ascher Society

Jan 16, 2020

Rachel Stern:
Curator’s Walk-Through
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

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Curator’s Walk-Through
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

January 16, 2020 1:30-2:15pm Curator's Walk-Through Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art University of Richmond Museums 453 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA 23173 Information: 804-289-8276 Please join Rachel Stern, Director of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art and curator of "Fritz Ascher, Expressionist" for a walk through the exhibition. The event is sponsored by the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond and The Fritz Ascher Society. It is co-sponsored by Allianz Partners.

Jan 16, 2020

Fritz Ascher, Expressionist
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (USA)

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Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (USA)

"Fritz Ascher: Expressionist" presents works by this German Jewish artist, who lived through the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, and into the postwar years. With the support of prominent Berlin painter Max Liebermann, Fritz Ascher (1893–1970) studied in Berlin before traveling to Oslo, where he met Edvard Munch. During a prolonged stay in Munich, he associated with the artists who contributed to Simplicissimus magazine, and back in Berlin, he fell in with the artists of Die Brücke. His early work is steeped in old myths, spirituality, and reflections on the human condition. From 1933 he was forbidden to produce, exhibit, or sell his art. Interned at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in 1938, he survived the Nazi era mostly in [...]

Jan 15, 2020

Opening Reception
Fritz Ascher: Expressionist
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

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Fritz Ascher: Expressionist
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

January 15, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00pm 6:00-7:00pm   Lecture Rachel Stern, Curator and Director Fritz Ascher Society "Forgotten but not Lost: The German Expressionist Fritz Ascher (1893-1970)" 7:00-8:00pm   Opening Reception and Exhibition Preview Fritz Ascher: Expressionist Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art University of Richmond Museums 453 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA 23173 Information: 804-289-8276 Exhibition on view: January 16 - May 24, 2020 "Fritz Ascher: Expressionist" presents paintings and works on paper by a Jewish artist who belonged to Germany's Lost Generation - those whose careers were interrupted or destroyed by the Nazi terror regime. Coming to maturity during the Weimar Republic, Fritz Ascher (1893-1970) was taken under the wing of prominent Berlin painter Max Liebermann [...]

Dec 10, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #29, December 2019

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Dear Friends, Today I have exciting news: on November 13, the Fritz Ascher Stiftung (Fritz Ascher Foundation) was founded at Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin (City Museum Berlin) (link). The foundation's board of trustees consists of Paul Spies, director of Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Eckhart Gillen, art historian and curator, and Rachel Stern, director of the Fritz Ascher Society. from left: Paul Spies, Peter-Stephan Prause, Eva Bünte, Rachel Stern, Martina Weinland, Peter Bünte Ephraim Palais, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Berlin (Germany) The foundation was initiated by private collectors of the artistic work of Fritz Ascher, to give his work a publicly accessible home and to present it in the context of his artistic contemporaries in [...]

Oct 28, 2019

Conference: Welcoming the Stranger. Abrahamic Hospitality and Its Contemporary Implications
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

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Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Welcoming the Stranger: Abrahamic Hospitality and Its Contemporary Implications One of the signal moments in the narrative of the biblical Abraham is his insistent and enthusiastic reception of three strangers. That moment is a beginning point of inspiration for all three Abrahamic traditions as they evolve and develop the details of their respective teachings. On the one hand, welcoming the stranger by remembering “that you were strangers in the land of Egypt” is enjoined upon the ancient Israelites, and on the other, oppressing the stranger is condemned by their prophets throughout the Hebrew Bible. These sentiments will be repeated in the New Testament and the Qur’an and elaborated in the interpretive literatures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Such notions have [...]

Oct 19, 2019

Bus Tour with Three Stops: Between Utopia and Exile.
Architecture, Painting and Film in Potsdam around 1930
Nikolaisaal, Potsdam (Germany)

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Architecture, Painting and Film in Potsdam around 1930
Nikolaisaal, Potsdam (Germany)

ZWISCHEN UTOPIE UND EXIL ARCHITEKTUR, MALEREI UND FILM IM POTSDAM UM 1930 Eine musikalische Zeitreise mit dem Bus in drei Etappen Auf dieser Bustour wird das Potsdam am Ende der Weimarer Republik wieder lebendig. Lassen Sie sich überraschen von der Vielfalt der modernen Architektur und den faszinierenden Kunstwerken jener Zeit, oft gespiegelt in den wechselvollen Lebenswegen ihrer Schöpfer. Zum Abschluss der Exkursion sind im selten zugänglichen Studio des Filmorchester Babelsberg die großen Hits der UFA-Zeit ebenso zu erleben wie die spannenden Geschichten ihrer Entstehung. 10.30 Uhr Musikalischer Auftakt im Nikolaisaal Matthew Rubenstein, Klavier 11.00 Uhr Erste Etappe Die Architektur der Potsdamer Moderne (Rundfahrt mit Stopps u.a. am Luftschiffhafen) Referentin: Prof. Karin Flegel, Urania Potsdam 12.30 Uhr Intermezzo: Mittagessen im Kongresshotel [...]

Sep 23, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #28, September 2019

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Dear Friends, Fall is finally upon us. Fritz Ascher’s “Landscape with a Cloudy Sky” from c. 1960 captures the rich colors and dramatic light of late afternoon, brought forth with spontaneous, dynamic brushstrokes that characterize the artist’s late work. Fritz Ascher, Landscape with a Cloudy Sky, 1960s. Oil on canvas, 39.4 x 37.4 in. While he was hiding from the Nazis 1942-1945, the artist wrote: I have spent the summer re-reading the poems I have access to, marveling at their rich verbal imagery and thinking about a publication of this powerful manifestation of the artist’s creativity, which translates so easily into disciplines other than the visual [...]

Jun 17, 2019

2019, January 23 – Arielle Budick in Financial Times, p. 6

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"Sustained by art through the darkness. Fritz Ascher’s work, now on show in New York, reflects his reclusive, obsessive nature and his turbulent life.” (scroll down for translation into German) Fritz Ascher's "Sunflower", c. 1958.  ©Bianca Stock You have probably never heard of Fritz Ascher, a passionate and peculiar painter who, nearly 40 years after his death, is finally getting a smidgen of renown at New York’s Grey Art Gallery. Ascher belonged to a generation of German artists the Nazis hounded into hiding – or worse – leaving a chapter in the history of art truncated and brimming with might-have-beens. He was lucky enough to survive, though the war’s after-effects kept shuddering [...]

Jun 7, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #27, June 2019

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Dear Friends, I hope you all were able to see “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery that closed on April 6. Thanks to director Lynn Gumpert and her fabulous team, the exhibition looked great and was complemented by an engaging program. The show was well received, both by visitors and critics. In the meantime, most reviews are translated into German here. If you were not able to visit in person, you can see photos on our website here. The exhibition was part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Goethe-Institut, with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).  “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at Grey [...]

Apr 3, 2019

J. English Cook: Gallery Conversation
Grey Art Gallery at NYU, New York

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Grey Art Gallery at NYU, New York

April 3, 2019, 6:30-7:30pm J. English Cook: Gallery Conversation Grey Art Gallery at NYU, New York (please add map) Please join J. English Cook, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU for a gallery conversation. The event is sponsored by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University and The Fritz Ascher Society. It is part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Goethe-Institut, with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Mar 26, 2019

2019, March 1 – Channel Thirteen, NYC-ARTS

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NYC-ARTS News: February 28 – March 7 Televised news segment about Fritz Ascher: Expressionist on Channel Thirteen’s NYC-ARTS program. Arts news highlights: “Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection” at Brooklyn Museum; “Ajijaak on Turtle Island” at The New Victory Theater; “Fritz Ascher: Expressionist” at Grey Art Gallery; “One. One & One” at Baryshnikov Arts Center. AIRED: 3/1/2019 | 0:07:01 Watch Video

Mar 26, 2019

2019, March 18 – Art With Hillary – Part II

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"What If? The Life And Work of Fritz Ascher Part II"  http://artwithhillary.blogspot.com (scroll down for translation into German) Fritz Ascher (1893 - 1970), Untergehende Sonne (Sunset), c. 1960, oil on canvas, 49.2 × 50 in. ( 125 × 126 cm) Private collection. Photo: Malcolm Varon. © Bianca Stock This is Part II of the blog post on the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist at New York University's Grey Art Gallery.  Please see ArtWithHillary, February 2019 for Part I. From 1942 until the end of the war in 1945, Fritz Ascher (1893 - 1970) was hidden from the Nazis by Martha Grassman (1881 - 1971).  Her home was in Grunewald, a famous forest area of Berlin noted for its pine and oak trees.  In [...]