Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
Opening Reception Saturday, April 6 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
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Alfred Brendel, the world-famous pianist, is performing on the West Coast at the Los Angeles Music Center on April 5, as well as at the Irvine Barclay Theater in Orange County on April 7. He's also a celebrated poet, whose latest work, "Devils' Pageant," depicts mischievous devils and the havoc they wreak. But the sly humor Brendel conveys in his poetry does not diminish his contemporary bite. His "Verso V," for example, aptly anticipates current events in the corporate and political world: "When devils feel bored they play at being good / With pious faces hands neatly folded they sit round the boardroom table and forgive each other anything they ever did or might be itching to do / The first to dissolve in tears wins"
Brendel's poetry, along with a series of etchings and sculpture by celebrated New York artist George Nama, serves as the basis of a collaborative art exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles which opens on April 6.
Inspired by his friend's poetry, George Nama has created a series of light-hearted, yet charged etchings and bronze sculpture that The New York Times writer Grace Glueck had cited as having "achieved a life of its own [apart from Mr. Brendel's celebrated poetry]" in her rave review, while Art in America critic David Ebony labels the work "visual poetry."
Brendel's poems in German, along with their English translations, book-end the ten Nama etchings along with Nama's sculptures and drawings in this exhibition, titled "Devils' Pageant/Von Teuflen." These works anticipate a new body of works on which both artists are currently in collaboration, based upon the Devils' Pageant counterpart - Angels.
An opening reception, Saturday, April 6 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. with George Nama and Alfred Brendel in attendance will feature a poetry reading by Mr. Brendel. In addition to the limited-edition artist's book of original etchings and poetry signed by both artists, a fully illustrated, 50 page publication will be available, with introductory essays by two world renowned poets, Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic and Academie Francaise member Yves Bonnefoy.
The exhibition is shown concurrently with "Images of Women" an exhibition of Modern & Contemporary master works spanning more than 100 years.
For more information, please contact Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.