'Jerome Witkin: Drawings' to open Jan. 30

Witkin sketch“Jerome Witkin: Drawings,” featuring sketches from a master artist and professor, will open Friday, Jan. 30, in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

A reception, free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Witkin will give a brief gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

SUNY Oswego’s Student Association sponsors the exhibition.

Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Witkin is a widely recognized master of contemporary figurative art. The accomplished draftsman’s aesthetic skills are counterbalanced by slashing marks, unexpected colors and narrative themes of a moral and social nature.

Whether a portrait, self-portrait or a more complex narrative scene, Witkin’s work always strives to address the human condition in a meaningful way.

Though known for his often monumental paintings, this exhibition focuses on 21 of Witkin’s drawings lent by ACA Gallery in New York.

“Drawing, for Witkin, is clearly not just an exercise in manual fluency, but a mode of witness, a process of interpretation, a tool of blunt and subtle force,” Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times said of his work.

Witkin is professor of fine arts at Syracuse University. His work is found in many of the permanent collections of major art museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn and the Uffizi.

“Jerome Witkin: Drawings” will run concurrently with “Contradicting Realities: Recent Work by Sara Rahbar” in Tyler Art Gallery through March 6.

During exhibitions, SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact the gallery at 312-2113 or visit www.oswego.edu/tylerartgallery.

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(Posted: Jan 14, 2009)

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