Zarro writes that the exhibition was "a powerful show about the strengths, styles, and inspirations shared among these three great, related painters." She continues: "Fishman spoke intensely and emotionally about discovering anew her aunt and mother in the process of researching this exhibition and admitted, 'This is the most difficult show I’ve been engaged in.' It’s clear that her aunt Razel was crucial to Fishman’s life as a painter; she said, 'Razel has my heart and always did.' Fishman described some inspirations that all three artists shared, noting several times the importance of Chaim Soutine, who 'affected us all,' and with whom she feels they share 'a spiritual bloodline.' "
Moyer notes: "Intensely tactile and athletic, the paintings of Louise Fishman seem to have been born of this impulse. At 73, she has spent more than 50 years pitching dynamic gestural painting up against the cool austerity of the grid. The result is an oeuvre that is resolutely idiosyncratic and canonical at the same time. In her work, the personal reveals itself incrementally through an ever-shifting abstract language invented to express the artist’s compound identity as a woman, lesbian and Jew. This desire to explore the empirical through nonobjective painting is what makes Fishman an important forerunner of much of the painting we see today."
Fishman remarks: "Contrary to what a lot of people think, being a painter, making paintings, continues to evolve. I really believe that, or I wouldn’t be doing it... If I couldn’t introduce new experiences, materials, ideas into my work, I would be bored and there would be no reason for me to continue. One thing I will not do is make paintings that don’t teach me something. I often destroy something—not destroy it and throw it away, but scrape it down or repaint it or something, unless it really does something that’s like, 'Oh!' and teaches me something... I want to be alive, to have a really alive experience of working."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.