Life Lessons

Life Lessons

The Art of Jerome Witkin

Book - 2006
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As a master of realism, Jerome Witkin illustrates in his art the moral plight of everyday lives. His most complex and critically acclaimed works - intense, often disturbing scenes of the Holocaust - have earned him a growing international audience. Through the "virtues of descriptive vividness and accuracy, " as Kenneth Baker writes in his Foreword, Sherry Chayat elucidates Witkin's success in almost single-handedly returning to the realm of painting those subjects that are powerfully universal as well as intensely personal. Witkin believes that this is his domain as a painter, as it was for artists like Goya and Eakins. Mortal Sin: In the Confession of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Death as an Usher: Berlin, 1933; Subway: A Marriage; The Screams of Kitty Genovese - Witkin's huge and often multipaneled canvases deal with human dilemmas and current societal issues, such as the homeless, AIDS, and drugs. His art demonstrates that we bear a moral responsibility for the pain suffered by others. "I'm not just a painter, " Witkin states. "I'm a person looking at my century. We must get back to someplace where we can feel again, where we have value, a sense of the future."
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2006
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780815608462
Characteristics: xv, 122 p., [57] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Witkin, Jerome
Alternative Title: Art of Jerome Witkin


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