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(Detroit, 1938)


Ruth Ann Fredenthal was born in Detroit (Michigan) in 1938 to artist parents; watercolor painter, David Fredenthal, and hand weaver, Miriam Kellogg, who met as students at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a tiny child she knew she was a painter by the age of 3.

Classical music moved her deeply as her parents played records of Bach, Prokofiev, Debussy, Brahms etc. for her at bedtime when she was a baby, and her mother played the piano. Living in the countryside of New England, she spent her days playing out in nature, and Fredenthal did multitudes of drawings and paintings of animals and nature which she combined with the intensity of her feeling for classical music.  

A little later, her mother gave her and her brother Robin, two books of reproductions of master paintings mostly from the Renaissance. Thrilled by the structures and imagination of these images, she then added classical structures to her childhood art works. The images of paintings by Titian, Raphael, Memling, Poussin etc, in these two books, along with the classical music and experiences with nature and animals, became the most profound influences in Fredenthal's childhood art that continues until the present time.

After her boarding school graduation, she went to Bennington College where she studied mostly with Paul Feeley and Tony Smith. Bennington attracted many advanced artists and critics like David Smith and Lawrence Alloway that Fredenthal became friends with. While at Bennington, she also won the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art grant. She became especially close to Paul Feeley whose use of curved shapes was similar to her own. He then became the greatest living artistic influence on her painting.

From Bennington, she won a Fulbright fellowship in Painting to Florence, Italy, and spent a year there. In Italy, she was finally able to see the real paintings, mostly from the Italian Renaissance, whose reproductions had influenced her art so deeply as a child.

Since the very beginning of her career, she preferred the classic style rather than contemporary art, and she also favors the more traditional master oil painting technique on linen. The investigation of the micro tonalities of pure color, and their subtle relationships within a highly complex color field, has always represented a central point of her practice. Her technique and research process is meticulous but at the same time deeply felt: from the size of the canvas, a square; to the material, a special unbleached Belgian linen used worldwide by conservators in museums to reline master paintings; and the way she paints the colors with small fine bristle brushes.

The final outcome is astonishing. The painted surface, produced by several opaque layers of heavily mixed colors seems to disappear, opening up an endless undefined space for reflection and interpretation, as was also pointed out by Giuseppe Panza, a great admirer of Fredenthal's paintings, in Ricordi di un collezionista.

Today, Ruth Ann Fredenthal lives and works in New York. Her artworks are exhibited in many relevant public collections: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo,  Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Museo di Villa Panza, Varese, Museo Cantonale, Lugano, and others.



The Clocktower; 10-year Retrospective, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, PS 1, New York


Small Paintings, Park-McCullough House, North Bennington, Vermont


Vera Engelhorn Gallery, New York


Recent Paintings, New York, Stark Gallery


Works on Paper 1974-77, Stark Gallery, New York


New Paintings, Stark Gallery, New York


Recent Paintings, Stark Gallery, New York


Ruth Ann Fredenthal. Paintings, Galleria Valeria Belvedere, Milano, Italia


Ruth Ann Fredenthal Paintings, Borromini Arte Contemporanea, Ozzano Monferrato, Italia


New Paintings, Chelsea, New York, Stark Gallery


Le Forme del Silenzio, Aganahuei Arte Contemporanea, Alba, Italia


Ruth Ann Fredenthal. Quadri, ArteSilva Contemporanea, Seregno (Milano), Italia


Ruth Ann Fredenthal. Quadri, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia, Italia


Ruth Ann Fredenthal - Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia




Suffolk Museum and Carriage House, Long Island City, New York


Contemporary Reflections, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Work from the Aldirich Collection, Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York, New York

Women Choose Women, The New York Cultural Center, New York


Bykert Downtown, New York,

Color-Four Artists, Landmark Gallery, New York,


Outdoors- Indoors, Recent Work, Buecher & Harpsichords, New York

Collectors of the Seventies – Part III. The Collection of Milton Brutten & Helen Herrick, P.S. 1, New York, The

Institute for Art and Urban Resources at the Clocktower, New York


Buecker & Harpsichords, New York


S Curves and Ellipses, Buecker & Harpsichords, New York

Collection in Process, (Collection Milton Brutten & Helen Herrick), Moore College of Art,Philadelfia


In the Realm of the Monochromatic, a cura di Michael Walls, Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York;

Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago

State University of New York at Stony Brook, a cura di Lawrence Alloway, New York

Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York


Small Works, a cura di Ann Lauterbach, Art Latitude Gallery, New York,


Buecker & Harpsichords, New York


The Big Picture: Major Paintings, Buecker and Harpsichords, New York


Buecker & Harpsichords, New York

537 Artworks, Works on Paper, New York

Made in New York, Andre Zarre, New York

Studio 99 Gallery, West Hampton Beach, New York


AIR Gallery, New York


AIR Gallery, New York

Attitude Art Gallery, New York


Twelve Plus, PMW Gallery, Stamford, CT


Rigor, a cura di Stephen Westfall, John Good Gallery, New York


Underknown in New York, Hunter College, Leubsdorf Gallery, New York


Vera Engelhorn Gallery, New York


Painting, Stark Gallery, New York


Avanti Galleries, New York


On Paper, The Sculpture Center, New York


Donazione Panza di Biumo, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Svizzera,


La Collezione Panza di Biumo. Artisti degli anni '80 e '90, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento

e Rovereto, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento, Italia


Drawing from Life, Stark Gallery, New York

Satellite Gallery, Bridge, Long Island City, New York,


La Collezione Panza di Biumo. Artisti degli anni '80 e '90,Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italia


Then and Now, a cura di Theresa Chong (catalogo), The Work Space, New York


La Collezione Panza di Biumo, Museo Litta Panza, Villa Menafoglio, Varese, Italia


La collezione Panza di Biumo, 10 anni di prestito, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e

Rovereto, nuovo MART, Rovereto, Italia


Italia, Storie di Colore, a cura di Angela Madesani, Villa Lagarina (Trento)

Lucidamente, a cura di Giorgio Bonami, Porto Venere, Italia


Living Gray, Kari Ernst Osthaus-Museum der Stadt Hagen, Hagen, Germania,


The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color & Light, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY,


Omaggio a Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Museo d'Arte di Lugano, Lugano, Svizzera


In Daylight – Small Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA


The Perception of the Future: The Panza Collection at Perugia, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Museo Civico

di Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italia


COLOR as attitude. Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Winston Roeth, Phil Sims, Osart Gallery, Milan


AS UNDER THE EVENING LIGHT, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

2018 - 2019

DUE O TRE DIMENSIONI INFINITE, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Riccardo Guarneri, Lucio Pozzi, Saverio Rampin,

a cura di Davide Ferri, Michela Rizzo Gallery,Venezia


BY THE LIGHT: A SUMMER EXHIBITION IN PHASES, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

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