Special Event Tomorrow
Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot Reflects Upon
Tomorrow's Special Event & Our Major Exhibition!

citylogo-lg Recommended Event:
Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin

Meet the Artists & Book Signing Event
When: Saturday, August 9 from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles
TWIN VISIONS - new catalogue
New Publication
Twin Visions
Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin

118 Pages - 62 Illustrations
Essays, Interviews & Audio CD

Joel-Peter Witkin
"Bird of Quevada," 1982

Gelatin Silver Print
14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

Jerome Witkin
"Vincent and His Demons III," 2012

Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
37 1/2 x 31 1/4 inches

by Shana Nys Dambrot

The most talked-about L.A. gallery show this year, "Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin," pairs two formerly estranged identical twins, each of whom is arguably the most accomplished living artist in his genre, and neither of whom had been particularly interested in exhibiting together before now. It's an unprecedented, years-in-the-making, art-nerd wish-list show of epic proportions, and a testimony to Jack Rutberg's tenacity when art history is at stake. Despite their decades of separation, it turns out, Jerome's portrait, landscape and history paintings and Joel-Peter's hand-crafted photographic portraiture share much more than anyone (except maybe Rutberg) ever expected. Jerome Witkin produces paintings that are evocative and emotional, realistic and fantastical, eccentric and classical — and he's not afraid to take on unsettling themes, most famously his Holocaust cycle. Joel-Peter Witkin is an icon of the Juxtapoz set, whose richly detailed, large-format portraits of individuals with, let's say, unique anatomical and sexual curiosities, can be as hard to look at as Jerome's most visceral scenes. But also like his twin's, they are romantic, surreal and unforgettable. So, yeah, they have a lot in common. A new book on this landmark occasion (with the same title as the show) is the first publication examining them as a pair; it will be signed by both brothers at the gallery tonight. Aside from the profound revelations in this stylistically comprehensive survey, the interaction between these brothers' followings is itself something to behold, as Joel-Peter's alt-culture, goth and punk fan base mixes with Jerome's crowd of art historians and studio painters. Book or no book, the show is up for another month; grab your evil twin and go.

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Sat., Aug. 9. 6-9 p.m.; free, book is $40. Exhibition continues Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Aug. 30. (323) 938-5222, www.jackrutbergfinearts.com


Both artists will sign copies of this new publication.
Advance purchase is recommended to avoid lines.
Phone the gallery at 323-938-5222

357 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036   Tel 323-938-5222
www.jackrutbergfinearts.com   jrutberg@jackrutbergfinearts.com

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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