New Art

Barbara Kohl-Spiro
Pinwheel and Pride, 1980
Silkscreen, 56 x 76 cm.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Welsh, Jr. P’84

Barbara Kohl-Spiro
Sweet Soul, 1980
Silkscreen, 56 x 76 cm.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Welsh, Jr. P’84

Barbara Kohl-Spiro has exhibited nationally, and her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.

“Make the soul sing-this is my mission. Kafka said art should cleave the frozen sea inside a heart. I think that. When critics, curators, gallery owners, art historians, etc., are no longer around 100 years after a work is created, it is the lone work left to relate to future generations. In all times, certain basic things reach the human heart. The fundamental things survive as time goes by. I hope I can add a little something to that part of human culture. I am  Jewish and my tradition teaches the importance of thinking of generations to come. I think of the legacy given to me by all the great artists of the past. To me many of these artists were women-often anonymous, often part of the decorative arts. I hope I can be a small part of the creative people’s legacy. In this series, I often refer to Ellie Needleman’s “Kicking Lady” because she has a spirit of celebration. I love the blessing of finding joy in the work I do every day. I specially treasure my glorious family and friends who always are making more rooms in my heart. I thank God for giving me a creative soul.”

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