Blue Mountain Gallery
Art Rosenbaum will exhibit two oil triptychs, "Hurricane Season" and "India Triptych" and other paintings at Blue Mountain Gallery. The figurative triptychs each measure approximately 18 feet in width and extend the artist's ambition to execute works which, in critic Eleanor Heartney's words, "orchestrate the sharply observed elements of this world so that utterly convincing details add up to a bizarre allegorical vision."
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As well as being a painter,muralist,and draftsman, Rosenbaum is a researcher of folk music and musician, and his field work in the South and among ethnic cultures of the world have produced documentary books and records as well as imagery for his more subjective visual works. He holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and had both a painting Fulbright to France and a Senior Teaching Fulbright to Germany. Although he has not shown in New York since 1977, he has exhibited widely, particularly in the Southeast. He was included in the Corcoran 41st Biennial of American Painting in 1989 and other curated exhibitions such as "Volti del Sud" in the Palazzo Venezia,Rome, Italy (1985), "Local Love, Sex, and Death" at the Nexus Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta (1994), "Southern Fictions", at the Houston Contemporary Museum (1985), and "Visibly Told: Contemporary Southern Narrative Paintings", Morris Museum, Augusta, GA (1994). He has had numerous solo shows, the most recent being at Wesleyan College, Macon Georgia (1999), and the Robert Matre Gallery, Atlanta (1998). He has large-scale paintings in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Columbus (GA) museum, and is included in corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA Law School and in venues in the Southeast. He is a Professor of Drawing and Painting at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia.
Art Rosenbaum researched, wrote, and illustrated two studies of Southern folk traditions: Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia (1983) and Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia (1998); both books developed from field work and two widely circulated exhibitions of the author's visual work and the photographs of Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. He has produced more than 20 documentary recordings of traditional musicians; some musical friends from his music research such as bluesman Neal Pattman and blind gospel singer Fleeta Mitchell have become the prototypes for figures in "Hurricane Season" alongside modern skateboard kids and a videographer alongside a rocky southern stream. Writer Estill Curtis Pennington has written that Rosenbaum "arranges his figures like a Baroque panorama. [and while] his subject concerns incidental episodes in the South, his art has a depth of intent which is truly heroic in scale."
For further information, you may call the artist at 706-548-7730 or contact Blue Mountain Gallery.