About the Gallery
Founded in 1979, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts has presented major exhibitions of important modern and contemporary European, American, and Latin American artists. Since its inaugural exhibition featuring the works of Arshile Gorky and Hans Burkhardt, the gallery has continued to present museum-quality exhibitions placing contemporary paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture in historical context.
Established at its current La Brea Avenue location in 1981, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts has featured exhibitions by gallery-represented artists Jordi Alcaraz, Hans Burkhardt, Patrick Graham, Bruce Richards, Reuben Nakian, Ruth Weisberg, Joel-Peter Witkin, Jerome Witkin, and Francisco Zúñiga. In addition, the gallery has presented a wide range of solo exhibitions of major international artists including Georges Rouault, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Weber, Arshile Gorky, Antoni Tàpies, Alexander Calder, Oskar Fischinger, Hundertwasser, Hannelore Baron, George Herms, Pierre Alechinsky, Sam Francis, George Condo, Edward Ruscha and other significant artists.
Noteworthy thematic exhibitions presented by the gallery have included major surveys of German Expressionism, Latin American Masters, the CoBrA movement, California Modern Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Art, as well as a survey of Assemblage/Collage, and numerous group exhibitions.
The gallery is a frequent lender to museum exhibitions and is particularly noteworthy for its emphasis on education through its numerous lectures and panel discussions. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is an important resource for established and beginning collectors, art historians, curators and museums internationally.
About Jack Rutberg
Jack Rutberg is an art dealer, curator and consultant with over 40 years of experience. He established Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles in 1979, dealing in modern and contemporary art, representing a wide range of important American and European artists.
Mr. Rutberg has lectured extensively on modern and contemporary art at numerous museums including the Douglas Hyde in Dublin and the Crawford Museum in Cork, Ireland, Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Fresno Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum in Utah, Saint Louis Museum of Art, American University Museum in Washington D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in Saint Louis.
Among the colleges and universities at which he has spoken are the University of California Los Angeles, California State University Northridge, Utah State University, Pierce College, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, and Rancho Santiago College and Syracuse University.
He has been a frequent speaker at symposiums for numerous private and civic organizations, as well as radio and television. Mr. Rutberg has been profiled, and often quoted in local, national and international publications.
Mr. Rutberg has served on the boards of the Art Dealers Association of California (ADAC), Los Angeles Art Galleries (LAAG), the Committee for Cultural Tourism of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau (LACVB), the Graphic Arts Council (GAC) as well as the Modern and Contemporary Art Council (MCAC) of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Laguna Art Museum Collections Committee, and advisory committees for the College Art Association (CAA), the California State University San Bernardino Art Gallery, and for the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Beginning in 1990, Mr. Rutberg served for twelve years as curator for the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland presenting annual exhibitions at the University College Gallery in Galway. In addition to being a frequent lender of works to museum exhibitions, Mr. Rutberg has served as guest curator for several institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. He has also served as juror for several art invitationals.
As a collector, Mr. Rutberg's personal collection reflects the same eclectic range of interests represented in his gallery, including nineteenth century European symbolists, and what is among the most extensive collections of works on paper by Henri Fantin-Latour, as well as works by modern and contemporary artists.
Credited with bringing significant artists to broader public attention, Mr. Rutberg has been particularly responsible for the formidable recognition afforded to the Irish contemporary painter Patrick Graham and Swiss-born American painter Hans Burkhardt (1904-1994). Both artists are represented internationally by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Mr. Rutberg is the exclusive agent for The Hans G. & Thordis W. Burkhardt Foundation. Regarded as an authority on their works, Mr. Rutberg has on frequent occasions lectured on both artists at numerous museums.
Mr. Rutberg has published catalogues on the works of Hannelore Baron, Hans Burkhardt, Claire Falkenstein, Jordi Alcaraz, Patrick Graham, Joel-Peter & Jerome Witkin. In addition to his own publications, he has written the introduction to a book on Patrick Graham, published in Ireland by Gandon Editions and introductory text for the Käthe Kollwitz catalogue published for the University College Gallery exhibition in Galway, Ireland, as well as an essay for a publication on Hans Burkhardt for California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Rutberg has published particularly extensively on the works of Hans Burkhardt. Among the many Burkhardt texts published to date, Mr. Rutberg has written the catalogue raisonné, Hans Burkhardt: The War Paintings, published by Santa Susana Press, California State University Northridge. Documented are Burkhardt's paintings created in response to war, spanning the Spanish Civil War through the mid 1980s. Other publications include Hans Burkhardt: Desert Storms, Burkhardt's response to the Iraq-Kuwait conflict, published in 1991, and Black Rain, documenting Burkhardt's final works dating from 1993 and most recently, Hans Burkhardt: Paintings of the 1960s.
In more than 30 years at his La Brea Avenue location, Mr. Rutberg has curated exhibitions by gallery-represented artists Jordi Alcaraz, Hans Burkhardt, Patrick Graham, Reuben Nakian, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin and Francisco Zúñiga, in addition to a wide range of solo exhibitions of major international artists: Georges Rouault, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Weber, Arshile Gorky, Antoni Tàpies, Alexander Calder, Oskar Fischinger, Hundertwasser, Hannelore Baron, George Herms, George Nama, Pierre Alechinsky, Sam Francis, George Condo, Edward Ruscha and other significant twentieth century artists.
Mr. Rutberg has been committed to presenting arts education programs via numerous lectures and panel discussions. Through those endeavors, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts remains an important resource for established and beginning collectors, art historians, and museums internationally.
Among numerous distinctions, Mr. Rutberg was the recipient of the L.A. Artcore 5th Annual Award "For Outstanding Contribution to the Arts," and The Hollywood Arts Council "Charlie Award."