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Isca Greenfield-Sanders
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Isca Greenfield-Sanders is a figurative painter and printmaker who appropriates images from 35 mm transparencies of family outings photographed in the 1950s and 1960s and uses them to explore themes of nostalgia and memory. Born in 1978 in New York City, she is part of a family of artists. Her husband Sebastian Blanck (b. 1976) is a figurative painter and musician, her father Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (b. 1952) is a photographer and documentary film maker, her uncle John Sanders (b. 1953) is a sculptor, her maternal grandfather is the Abstract Expressionist painter Joop Sanders (b. 1921), her maternal grandmother Isca Sanders (b. 1925) is a lieder singer, her paternal grandmother Ruth W, Greenfield (b. 1923) is a concert pianist, and her sister Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (b. 1981) is a writer and film maker. Her mother Karin Greenfield-Sanders (b. 1951) is a lawyer and environmental activist. Isca took informal art lessons as a child from her grandfather Joop Sanders and learned photography from her father. She once described herself as a “born math chick,” and attended the Brearley School in Manhattan for its strong mathematics program, but also participated in its honors art program. She chose Brown University in Providence, R.I. for college because it permitted her to have a double major in painting and math. She also took courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she met her future husband. Greenfield-Sanders graduated from Brown in 2000 with degrees in Visual Arts and Mathematics. While still in college in 1999, she purchased 600 35 mm slides at a tag sale for $6.00, images that inspired her artistic vision. Her first participation in a group exhibition was the 1999 Digital Salon of the School of Visual Arts, New York City, which traveled to Madrid and Valladolid, Spain. Her first solo exhibition was at the Galleria in Arco in Turin, Italy, in 2000. The following year Greenfield-Sanders was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She began exhibiting at New York’s Lombard Fried Fine Arts and the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen in 2002, the Galerie Klüser in Munich in 2003, and the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco in 2005. In 2006 her first color aquatint etchings were published by the Paulson Press in Berkeley. In 2008 printer Renée Bott and the Magnolia Editions in Oakland created a method of transferring digital images of Greenfield-Sanders’s preparatory watercolors directly to a copper plate, called “direct-to-plate photogravure,” a method used since used to create her aquatint etchings. She has created 21 etchings with the press, most recently in 2014 (then the Paulson Bott Press). She uses a similar technique for her paintings. After selecting a transparency and manipulating it on the computer, she prints it and paints over the image with watercolor and color pencil. She then scans the new image, enlarges it and prints the enlargement on a grid of seven inch squares, when she then secures on a canvas and paints over the images. The abstract images on the individual squares collectively make the overall picture. An exhibition of works by Greenfield-Sanders and her father Timothy was mounted in 2003 by the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany (on the Rhine River between Cologne and Düsseldorf). Her first solo museum exhibition was at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010. In recent years Greenfield-Sanders’s works were shown in solo exhibitions at the Baldwin, Berggruen and Klüser galleries as well as the Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm and the Haunch of Venison Gallery in London and New York. She lives and works in New York City’s East Village. (TNB 6/2017) Selected bibliography: Finckh, Gerhard, ed. Isca und Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Exhibition catalog, in English and German, with essays by Ute Riese and interviews by Bernd and Julia Klüser, Robert Rosenblum and Chuck Close. 3 vols. Leverkusen, Germany: Museum Morsbroich, 2006.