Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
Los Angeles, California
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Following its critically acclaimed exhibition of the contemporary New York artist, Jerome Witkin, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, will present a newly re-installed show of paintings and drawings by this major artist. Included in this exhibition are psychologically charged portraits, urban scenes, and monumental scale works on the Holocaust which have prompted provocative commentary and repeated visits by the exhibition's viewers.
The last time Witkin had such a show in L.A., his work was called "a break-through in post-Cold-War art" by the L.A. Times. According to critic Kenneth Baker, "Witkin's only peer is Lucien Freud" ...Witkin is one of the finest realist painters working today. He does more than just illustrate things - he stages pictorial dramas that grapple with contemporary historical crises and moral pressures, while offering a lavish physical display of his medium... Witkin's work is found in the permanent collection of prominent museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Witkin's show at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is a painterly tour-de-force that probes seminal events of the twentieth century in huge, vivid canvases and smaller psychological portraits charged with drama and emotion. For example, his painting "The German Girl" explores the awful reality of Hitler's Germany in a horrifying cinematic tableau. Similarly, "Jesus (A Disbeliever's Vision)," takes the viewer on a religious odyssey from an American street corner to other times, other countries, and another reality. Some of Witkin's images are graphic enough that museum curators have felt compelled to post cautionary language about their content. In his 23 foot Holocaust painting entitled "Butcher's Helper, Buchenwald 1941-1945, painted in 1992, Witkin has evoked one of the most horrific and yet compassionate depictions ever created by any artist on the subject.
More intimate subjects embracing remembered passions, relationships, the meaning of family and the ambiguities of our emotional landscape are also explored. Haunting personal images and references to the artist's past surface in pictures like "Pensione Ichino," where a furnished studio, the artist's model and a torn glove evoke distilled memories. Witkin's portraits are equally penetrating, as the psychological nuances of the solitary subject in "Rebecca Stronger" demonstrate.
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