Carole A. Feuerman is an American sculptor and artist working in Hyperrealism, a movement that began in the 1970s in relation to photorealist painting.[1] Born in 1945, Feuerman is younger than Duane Hanson and John de Andrea, the pioneers of Hyperrealism in figurative sculpture.[2] Dubbed "the reigning doyenne of super-realism" by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman is known for her lifelike portrayals of swimmers.

Carole Feuerman
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Carole Feuerman
Hartford, Connecticut, US
EducationSchool of Visual Arts, Hofstra University, Temple University
Known forsculpture, installation art, painting, drawing, video art

Feuerman utilizes a variety of media including resin, marble, and bronze.[3]

She has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery;[4] the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Venice Biennale; and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.[1]

Life and workEdit

Early lifeEdit

Growing up in New York, Feuerman was deterred from being an artist. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City to begin her career as an illustrator. Before her notable success, she went by Carole Jean,[5] illustrating for the New York Times[6] and created album covers for Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones.[7] During the 1970s she started experimenting with different types of media. Feuerman was hired by National Lampoon and created the sculpture “Nose to the Grindstone” that was used as the cover art of the November 1975 issue.[8]

Public worksEdit

In 1981, Feuerman was chosen by a jury at the Heckscher Museum in Long Island where she proceeded to exhibit her works at Fordham University and eventually was also chosen to participate in the Learning through Arts Program conducted by the Guggenheim Museum. At the Learning through Arts Program she was amongst renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Christo, Keith Haring, Paloma Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg.[7]

In 1989, Feuerman began to work her first big marketing campaign with Absolut Vodka. Since Sweden did not allow the advertising of alcohol, Absolut Vodka’s marketing plan was to push advertising in other areas of the world. Feuerman created life-sized figures within a glass display which were paraded in trucks on the streets of Los Angeles and Manhattan.[9]

In 2008, Feuerman was commissioned by artist Seward Johnson and the Sculpture Foundation to create a one-of-a-kind painted bronze sculpture installation for the permanent collection of Grounds for Sculpture.[10]

In May 2012, Feuerman unveiled her monumental sculpture Survival of Serena in painted bronze with New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation.[11]

Its resin sister debuted at the Venice Biennale in 2007. The new Survival of Serena is the first of a series of painted bronze sculptures by the artist designed specifically for outdoor placement. The bronze sculpture was installed in Petrosino Square through September before traveling to the Boca Raton Beach Resort in Florida.[12] In 2012, Feuerman's Quan, a painted bronze sculpture of a woman balancing atop a ball of polished stainless steel, was featured at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the group show Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture.[13]

Hyperrealistic sculpture The Midpoint, at the 2017 Venice Biennale

A 16-foot (4.9 m) bronze diver entitled The Golden Mean at Riverfront Green Park with Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York[14] was unveiled in September 2012. A video documentary on the five-year creation of the work has been posted online.[15] In 2013, The City of Peekskill announced the acquisition of the sculpture as a permanent monument to the town. A second diver was created for her spring 2013 solo exhibition at Jim Kempner Fine Art also titled The Golden Mean, where it was on display in the outdoor sculpture garden through the summer and then moved to an 8-piece outdoor sculpture exhibition at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The monumental model used to create the bronze was installed in the 2013 Venice Biennale.[16]

In May 2014, NetApp unveiled a new commission by Feuerman titled Double Diver, gifted to the City of Sunnyvale, California.[17] The sculpture is 2½ tons of bronze and steel balancing on two 6-inch wrists.[17]

In 2015, Feuerman had solo exhibitions in Florence,[18] Hong Kong,[19] Frankfurt,[20] Korea, New York, Miami, and Chicago. She was part of a group show Love at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.[21] Two of her sculptures, DurgaMa and Leda and the Swan, were included in the 2015 Venice Biennale at Palazzo Mora.[22]

In 2017, the Global Art Affairs Foundation organized a solo show honoring Feuerman entitled Personal Structures – Open Borders, one of many exhibitions surrounding the Venice Biennale, where Feuerman has had a presence for decades.[23]

Feuerman currently also has solo shows at Venissa in Burano and at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski of Isola di San Clemente.[timeframe?]

In the summer of 2018, Feuerman had an extensive solo exhibition in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, as part of the 25th Edition of Sculpture Link[24] The exhibition featured eleven of her outdoor public works.


Feuerman received the Charles D. Murphy Sculpture Award in 1981. In 1982, she received the Amelia Peabody Award for Sculpture.[25]

In 2016, Carole Feuerman received the Best in Show Award for her work Mona Lisa. The sculpture was also acquired for the permanent collection of the Huan Tai Hu Museum.[citation needed]

Feuerman has also been awarded the Medici Award from the City of Florence at the Florence Biennale in 2005[26] and First Prize in the 2008 Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition in Beijing,[27] as well as the Best in Show Prize from the Third International Beijing Art Biennale in 1994.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Spike, John (2014). Swimmers. New York: The Artist Book Foundation. p. 18. ISBN 0988855747.
  2. ^ Spike, John T. (May 29, 2007). "By The Sea". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Hyper-Realistic Sculptor, Carole Feuerman: Mastering the Human Gesture". Artes Magazine. April 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Exhibition 2013 | Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. ^ Taylor, Ann (October 24, 1976). "Combines Career and Homelife". Long Island Press. Long Island Press. pp. E2.
  6. ^ "Letters to the Editor". New York Times. February 4, 1972. p. 30.
  7. ^ a b Evans, Sara (January 2008). "Breaking the Surface". Art of The Times. Art of Times. pp. 24–25.
  8. ^ "Live at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens: Carole Feuerman". Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Munro, Eleanor (1999). Carole A. Feuerman: Sculpture. New York, NY: Hudson Hills Press Inc. p. 28.
  10. ^ Rubin, Edward. "Physical States of Being: A Conversation with Carole Feuerman". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  11. ^ Budin, Jeremiah. "Hyperrealistic Sculpture Unveiled in Petrosino Square". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Carole Feuerman's Serene Bather Sculpture Signals Summer". Arts Observer. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  13. ^ "Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Calendar". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  14. ^ Hodara, Susan (October 19, 2012). "Hudson-Inspired Art, Popping Up All Over". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  15. ^ Carole Feuerman's bronze sculpture "The Golden Mean" on Vimeo
  16. ^ "Carole A. Feuerman at the 55th Venice Biennale - News - Octavia Art Gallery". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  17. ^ a b "Sunnyvale-based NetApp makes a splash with 'Double Diver'". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  18. ^ "Aria Art Gallery | Italy". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  19. ^ "Hong Kong's Largest Hyperrealist Public Art Exhibition @ Harbour City". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  20. ^ "Ausstellungen » Gallery Huebner + Huebner". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  21. ^ "Love is coming this Valentine's Day!". HVCCA. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  22. ^ "EXHIBITIONS". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  23. ^ "In Trump's America, It's Hard To Be A Hyper-Realist". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  24. ^ "25th edition of Sculpture Link". 25th edition of Sculpture Link. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  25. ^ Time Out, Sport and Leisure in America Today. Tampa, FL: The Tampa Museum. 1983. p. 42.
  26. ^ "Awarded Artists 2005". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Is it real or is it Feuerman?". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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