Bram Dijkstra, distinguished cultural historian and author, will present an illustrated lecture and sign copies of his latest book.
Bram Dijkstra, distinguished cultural historian and author, will present an illustrated lecture and sign copies of his latest book, American Expressionism, Art and Social Change, 1920-1950 (Harry N. Abrams/Columbus Museum of Art), at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts on Friday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. Dijkstra is the author of such critically-acclaimed works as Cubism, Stieglitz and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Eros of Place, and Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality and the Cult of Manhood.
The Los Angeles Times July 6th book review by Pete Hamill calls American Expressionism "a marvelous, passionate...book" that "proposes to retrieve a once powerful movement in American painting" of the oft-dismissed social realism movement to its rightful place in art history as true American as opposed to European expressionism. The volume "shows us work by many artists", some famous and many heretofore unrecognized or under-celebrated, . . . "and the selection of their work is gorgeous". Publisher's Weekly calls American Expressionism a "provocative, important book", and The Washington Post declares "that Dijkstra writes superbly well about the terrifying beauty" of the art he examines.
Dijkstra's lecture is presented in conjunction with a major exhibition, "Requiem for War: Paintings by Hans Burkhardt (1904-1994)," a survey on view until September 30th at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts which features Burkhardt's expressive works responding to the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the works of his last years addressing the Central American and Iraqi conflicts. Burkhardt is prominently represented among those artists featured in American Expressionism.
The Dijkstra lecture and book signing is free to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are requested.
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
357 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2517
Tel. 323 938-5222
Fax. 323 938-0577