April 27, 2013

Inspired by Guernica: Judy Glantzman

I love it when established artists start something new. After seeing Pablo Picasso's Guernica for the first time three years ago, Judy Glantzman began moving away from the introspective self-portraits she had been making for many years toward a less self-engaged exploration of the devastation caused by war. Determined that she was done with psychological self examination, Glantzman set out to develop a new, more outward-looking visual language. Here are images of a sprawling, roughly hung exhibition at Betty Cuningham in which Glantzman presents powerful work from her ongoing series.


Judy Glantzman, Hero II, 2013, mixed media, 37 1/2 x 33 3/4 inches

 Judy Glantzman, Trigger, 2013, mixed media, 44 3/4 x 33 inches

“I approached the work with collage. What did one image look like next to an entirely different image: one might be made from observation- an image of something that symbolized war and death- a skull, other bones, guns," Glantzman said. "I tried, in a series of small canvas mounted with paper, various motifs like a mourner over a coffin. The hope was that, in combination, the pieces would yield greater meaning than the individual parts, that, as an artist, I was creating the stage with room for the viewer to locate his/her own associations.”


 Judy Glantzman, The Dragon Flies, 2013, mixed media, 41 1/2 x 29 inches


Judy Glantzman, The Thinker, 2013, mixed media, 31 1/4 x 29 1/2 inchess


 Judy Glantzman, installation view


  Judy Glantzman,installation view

 "Judy Glantzman," Betty Cuningham Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through May 15, 2013.


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Glantzman: Searching for self

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