Artist Barbara Nessim Puzzle
b. 1939, Bronx NY lives and works in New York City
Title: Role Models
Jigsaw Puzzle Size: 12"x 16.5" (310mm x 418mm) 285 Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, ESKA Premium Board. Traditional Paper Jigsaw Puzzle.
Collector Edition of 20 + 2AP
Signature Details: Original Artwork: Role Models, 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Image courtesy of the artist.
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Biography: Barbara Nessim (b. Bronx, NY) attended the School of Industrial Art (High School of Art and Design) and then Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She taught in the MFA Computer Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design, where she was chair from 1992 to 2004. As an advocate of new mediums, Nessim was one of the first artists to integrate bit-mapped computer art into her process. Her works depict the diverse story of New York City over the past six decades and traces the ever-evolving trajectory of gender equality and the role of the artist in a quixotic cultural landscape. Nessim's artwork of Wonder Woman appeared on the cover of the first independent issue of Ms Magazine in 1972. Consistent themes referenced throughout Nessim's work such as migration, immigration, integration and population growth reflect the linear movement of the human condition. Her process includes traditional and digital methods utilizing line, color and form to explore medium, context and application independently. Nessim's colorful often figurative conceptual yet geometric and abstract imagery is profoundly intuitive and challenges the power of symbolism. Her strength lies in the elegant fusion of fine art and skillful technique through deep cultural engagement with pop-cultural resonance.
Nessim was recently appointed the first Artist's Laureate by the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA). Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally, including the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), The Phi Centre (Montreal, CA), the Bard Graduate Center Gallery (New York, New York), The Louvre (Paris, FR), Lund Konsthall (Lund, Sweden), The Kunst Museum (Dusseldorf, DE) among many others. Her work was featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Times Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Artnews, to name a few. She lives and works in New York City.