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New Yorker Review: Kenneth Josephson at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 8, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Through March 16, 2013

This exhibition, the second feature of the artist at Gitterman Gallery, features many works that are rarely seen and focuses on two themes that run through Josephson's work- abstraction with light and dialogue with nature. The closely allied themes have been critical for the artist since his early years at the Institue of Design in the late 1950's.

The conceptual aspect of the work is edged with humor, but formal issues have always been a crux. The quality of light in Josephson's prints is crisp, almost electric. There is a rhythm to the pattern formed through tone that is easily appreciated in fall's leaves in Chicago, 1973; the long shadows of tree trunks in Indiana, 1972; and silvering in the birch bark of Wyoming, 1971 that seems alive and pull us closer and deeper almost hypnotically. Some city

shots speak most directly to the school of training Josephson came from;Chicago (Peoples Gas Building), 1969 and Chicago, 1970 are prime examples. More fragmented shots find structure in detail; a small series of images of Wisconsin leaves from 1980 glow through the shadows, and again it is the quality of light and shadow that allure. And of course there are his most famous examples of pictures in pictures; these works continue to speak with poignant humor to truth and illusion and to the veracity of the medium itself.


For more information on the exhibition, please visit Gitterman Gallery

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