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Two Solo Exhibitions
Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe
Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then    Feb 18 - Jun 30, 2012

La Comedia É Finita (JRFA 2579)
Ruth Weisberg
La Comedia É Finita (JRFA 2579), 1977
 
Now, Then (JRFA 2296)
Ruth Weisberg
Now, Then (JRFA 2296), 1990
 
Questioning Veronese (JRFA 10178)
Ruth Weisberg
Questioning Veronese (JRFA 10178), 2011
 
Time and Time Again (JRFA 8403)
Ruth Weisberg
Time and Time Again (JRFA 8403), 2002
 
  
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Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

As Part of the Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980

Two solo exhibitions surveying the works of important women artists from Los Angeles, Claire Falkenstein and Ruth Weisberg, open with a reception at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Saturday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m., with Weisberg in attendance. The exhibitions run through April 28, and continue the gallery’s themed Pacific Standard Time shows, which debuted September 28, 2011 with an historic Hans Burkhardt exhibition.



“Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” features a selection of the artist’s larger sculptural work and rarely-seen paintings, and follows an earlier Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the gallery of her intimately-scaled sculpture, wall pieces and iconic jewelry.

Claire Falkenstein’s (1908-1997) work, with its innovative use of materials such as glass, metal and resin, reveals a prescient fascination with the possibilities of chance and choice which parallels current views of our expanding universe. Her ability to move sculpture to non-traditional realms, whereby she incorporates and suggests both the expansiveness of form as well as the compression of space, has established her as one of the most important modern artists in this medium. Falkenstein is well-known as the creator of Peggy Guggenheim’s Venice palazzo gates.

Falkenstein’s first solo museum exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940 was followed by her works being shown at such prestigious museums as the Louvre and the Rodin Museums of Paris. Moving to Paris for 13 years in 1950, her studio was central as a meeting place for admiring critics and artists. Her works were shown at The Tate Gallery in London, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Venice, National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The exhibition also launches the first major publication detailing her entire career – Claire Falkenstein – with essays by art historians Susan M. Anderson and Maren Henderson, art writer and critic Michael Duncan, and an introduction by Philip Linhares, President of the Falkenstein Foundation and former Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California.



“Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then” presents paintings and works on paper by one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated figurative artists since her arrival 1969. The exhibition, which includes her most recent paintings, and spanning more than three decades, reveals Weisberg’s unique vision through which the viewer sees the convergence of art history, personal memory, and cultural experience.

The exhibition reveals Weisberg’s decades-long interest in re-imagining the works of such past masters such as Titian, Velazquez, Blake and Corot. Through fresco-like effects in her unstretched paintings as well as the veils of washes in her masterful lithographs, Weisberg brings past-time into contemporary context.

Ruth Weisberg is currently a professor at USC, where she was one of the longest tenured Deans of the Roski School of Fine Art. Weisberg is the first living painter to have been afforded a solo exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. She holds that distinction as well at the Huntington Library. Her first major survey in Los Angeles was in 1979 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The subject of over 80 solo and 185 group exhibitions, Weisberg’s work is included in the permanent collections of over 60 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art, Portland Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Norton Simon Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, Rome Institute Nationale per la Grafica, among many others.


Special event programs related to the Ruth Weisberg exhibition and a Falkenstein book signing on the evening of March 24 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts will soon be announced with additional information via E-mail and web postings at www.jackrutbergfinearts.com

“Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” and “Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then” opens February 18 and extends through April 28 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90036. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information phone (323) 938-5222 or email jrutberg@jackrutbergfinearts.com

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