Installation View of One Person Exhibition, 1995, Stark Gallery, SOHO, New York City

Paintings from left to right:
Untitled 160 (1993-95), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60" x 60", The Panza Collection
Untitled 162 (1993-95), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", Private Collection, Switzerland
Untitled 163 (1993-95), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 66", The Panza Collection
(Photo: Larry Wheelock)



Ruth Ann Fredenthal has always been committed to formal abstract oil
painting. Her vision is to create paintings of timelessness, beauty and
comp
lexity while sustaining the classical Renaissance tradition into
today's pure painting rea
lm. Since the early 1970's, she has pursued a
deep
investigation of the micro-tonalities of pure color and their subtle
relationships within
a highly complex color field using traditional oil
painting techniques.



Installation View of Salotto, Villa Panza Museum, Varese, Italy

From left to right:
Untitled 130 (1987-88), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 60'' x 60", The Panza Collection
Untitled 121 (1984-85), Multilayered oil on Oyster linen, 66" x 60", The Panza Collection
(Photo: David Sotnik)


Fredenthal's luminous paintings, which operate right at the edge of
percep
tion, are visually tactile, sensuously warm and contemplatively
rich. After the initial
gestalt of the overall color, a mix of many colors, her
pa
intings slowly and quietly reveal an inner world. Ever changing and
puls
ing with the shifts of light, a rigorously structured chord of the
smallest color d
ifferences appears and intensifies with prolonged viewing.