October 22 — December 23, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023 • 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
With Ruth Weisberg in Attendance
Pasadena, CA – Celebrated L.A. contemporary artist Ruth Weisberg is the subject of a new exhibition entitled “Ruth Weisberg: Touchstones,” opening with a reception for the artist from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, located at 600 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena. The exhibition extends through December 23.
Ruth Weisberg’s paintings, drawings and original prints reveal Weisberg’s decades-long reflections on personal history and the convergence of cultural experience and art history. Her work reveals the re-imagining of past masters such as William Blake, Titian, Veronese, Cagnacci, Corot, and Giacometti.
Past Exhibitions - 2023
August 12 – October 7, 2023
September 10, 2023 • 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture
Jordi Alcaraz, Hannelore Baron, Norman Bluhm, Hans Burkhardt, Claire Falkenstein, Oskar Fischinger, Sam Francis, Patrick Graham, Fred Hammersley, Hubert Kappel, Paul Klee, Mark Licari, Rene Magritte, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Peter Milton, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, George Nama, Dorothea Tanning, Mark Tobey, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zuniga
May 21 – July 1, 2023
Extended through July 29, 2023
Sam Francis – Distilled exclusively focuses upon a hugely important aspect of Francis’ rarely seen monochromatic graphic works. It compliments the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s present Sam Francis exhibition which runs through July 16, keying upon Francis’ profound intercultural dialogue between Western and Eastern aesthetics.
Opening Reception: Sunday March 12, 2023, 3 — 6p.m.
After being located on La Brea Avenue for more than 37 years Jack Rutberg Fine Arts expands the boundaries of the Los Angeles gallery scene now located in its new space in Pasadena.
Past Exhibitions - 2018
June 2 — August 31, 2018
In JORDI ALCARAZ – defying boundaries, the artist furthers his explorations and near-obsessive ruminations on the limits of interior/exterior concepts, reality and evocation, presence versus absence, volume and void – the rational and the poetic. Even boundaries created by frames enclosing his paintings and drawings are altered in extraordinary ways, calling into question these distinctions. The same applies to his sculptures. Alcaraz opens surprising realms through the use of bending, tearing and puncturing materials in unpredictable ways. To quote the artist, “The surface of the works have a plastic behavior similar to the surface of water … it can be traversed, altered, shocked … in which the absence is more important than the evidence; the absence of almost everything, the role of disappearance of the work, the permanence of the action.”
January 20 – April 28, 2018
Rico Lebrun in Mexico keys upon L.A. artist Rico Lebrun’s (1900-1964) significant impact upon a generation of Mexican artists; particularly the Mexico’s new generation of muralists, when Lebrun moved to Mexico and taught at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende.
January 20, 2018 — April 28, 2018
Francisco Zúñiga: Sculpture & Drawings brings together selected works on paper and an exceptional breadth of sculpture in bronze, wood and stone, which masterfully portray Zúñiga’s indigenous women as an elemental force. Drawing upon pre-Columbian and classical sources, they are often depicted as sensual, but always heroic. These sculptures and drawings of women – as matriarch or adolescent – have today become powerful iconic images, widely establishing Francisco Zúñiga as Mexico’s and Costa Rica’s greatest 20th Century sculptor, and according to one recent study, Mexico’s most internationally collected artist.
Past Exhibitions - 2017
October 28, 2017 — December 23, 2017
“LIBERATOR”, an exhibition of George Nama’s etchings, gouaches and collages, draws its title from one of George A. Romero’s final works – a short story written specifically for his friend, artist George Nama. The centerpiece of the exhibition of more than 40 works by George Nama revolves around Romero’s poignant story inspired by the Golem – an ancient folkloric legend – and George Nama’s related works of art. Their collaboration has resulted in a newly published limited edition, “LIBERATOR”, which includes Nama’s hand-colored etchings and Romero’s evocative short story, published for the first time in a rare limited edition of 35 numbered portfolios, signed by both artists. The exhibition is also accompanied by a 38-page fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, with brief writings by George Nama and Christine Forrest Romero.
September 23, 2017 — December 23, 2017
As a participating gallery in the Getty’s region-wide endeavor, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents Hans Burkhardt in Mexico. The exhibition will feature major works painted in Mexico by the Los Angeles artist, Hans Burkhardt, over a span of more than 10 years beginning in 1950.
Swiss-born (1904), he arrived in the U.S. in 1924, and shared Arshile Gorky’s studio for the better part of nine years before moving to L.A. in 1937, where he remained until his death in 1994. In L.A., Burkhardt stood apart as the bridge to the New York school of abstract expressionism. At the time of Burkhardt’s first visit to Mexico, he was perhaps the most widely exhibited artist of L.A.’s avant-garde, already having been the subject of a critically celebrated solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum. In Mexico, Burkhardt distinguished himself in bringing those same abstract expressionist sensibilities and was afforded several museum exhibitions.
Hans Burkhardt in Mexico is one of the major participating gallery exhibitions of the Getty’s PST: LA/LA.
June 17 – October 19, 2017
Artists of Mexico is the only exhibition to give historical context to the Getty’s region-wide endeavor, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, by featuring artists whose works and careers had particular resonance in Los Angeles. Their personal histories in L.A., their many exhibitions in Southern California, and in many instances through their widely known public works throughout the region reveal a profoundly important history.
Past Exhibitions - 2016
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture
November 05, 2016 – September 02, 2017
Opening Reception November 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
More than 100 works are presented at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in its exhibition, “Surreal / Unreal”. The exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the 1930s to the present expands upon Surrealism — its early years through the present day, and how it informs much of contemporary art.
Curated by Peter Selz
A Survey Exhibition of One of Ireland’s Most Important Contemporary Artists
May 21, 2016 – September 24, 2016
Opening Reception May 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Following its national museum tour, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts will present “Patrick Graham: Thirty Years – The Silence Becomes the Painting,” a major exhibition curated by the eminent art historian Peter Selz. This offers a rare opportunity to view the works of one of Ireland’s most influential contemporary artists. Fully illustrated exhibition catalogue available. The exhibition opens with a reception May 21, from 6:00-9:00 PM and extends through September 24 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.
Past Exhibitions - 2015
November 14, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Los Angeles, CA – Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is currently presenting a new exhibition, Hannelore Baron: Collage & Assemblage, featuring poignant works by the late New York artist. The exhibition will extend through January 30, 2016, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.
Hannelore Baron (1926 – 1987) was first introduced to Los Angeles and West Coast audiences by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in 1984. This new exhibition marks the gallery’s fifth solo presentation of the artist’s works, which it last exhibited in 1989, concurrent with the memorial tribute exhibition presented by the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
June 13, 2015 — September 30, 2015
Los Angeles, CA – Celebrated L.A. contemporary artist Ruth Weisberg is the subject of a new exhibition entitled “Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time,” extending through September 30, 2015.
“Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time” expands upon the recent Weisberg exhibition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, presented on the occasion of receiving the prestigious 2015 Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphics Council, the largest international body of printmakers in North America. (The SGC’s previous awardee, in 2014, was Wayne Thiebaud.)
March 14, 2015 — June 6, 2015
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, & Sculpture
Los Angeles – Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents “Collectible” – an exhibition of more than 50 museum quality paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Contemporary and modern works spanning a half century offers the collector and institution an impressive range of monumental and intimate scale works for acquisition. “Collectible” is currently exhibiting through June 6, 2015.
Past Exhibitions - 2014
September 20, 2014 – December 24, 2014
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles presented the critically celebrated exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past through December 24, 2014. The exhibition offered a full view of Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings and sculpture – frequently in dialogue with related sculptures – are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. The exhibition was shown in tandem with a reduced version of Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin – which created an international stir.
While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions.
March 1, 2014 — August 30, 2014
Painter Jerome Witkin and Photographer Joel-Peter Witkin
in an Historic Exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
Cited by many as the most important exhibition in Los Angeles, visitors continue to engage this historic exhibition, with travelers specifically coming to Los Angeles from as far away as Paris, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, and all points in between.
The exhibition has been the subject of three Public Radio programs, in addition to numerous articles published to date.
This historic exhibition brings together for the first time the works of identical twin brothers artistically estranged for more than 50 years. Both artists have been the subject of great numbers of museum surveys, but this exhibition is revelatory, not only for their coming together for the first time, but also in offering a seldom seen broader view of each artist’s works.
Past Exhibitions - 2013
October 12, 2013 — December 12, 2013
Provocative recent works by Jordi Alcaraz, the celebrated contemporary artist from Spain, presented in a major exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. This museum-scale exhibition brings together large and small works which transcend the categories of painting, sculpture, and drawing as they blend all media, employing assemblage-like manner and installation. Conceptually, Alcaraz extends notions of perspective beyond the realms of the physically-seen.
June 1, 2013 — September 14, 2013
A consummate draftsman and sculptor, Zúñiga’s works celebrate the female form as an elemental force. Drawing on pre-Columbian and classical sources, they are often depicted as sensual, but always heroic. These sculptures and drawings of women – as matriarch or adolescent – have today become powerful and iconic images, widely establishing Francisco Zúñiga as Mexico’s and Costa Rica’s greatest modern sculptor, and according to one recent study, Mexico’s most internationally collected artist.
March 09, 2013 – April 30, 2013
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture
The exhibition is a re-envisioning of the specially-commissioned ‘museum’ show curated by Jack Rutberg which served as the centerpiece for the 2013 LA Art Show. That “Letters from Los Angeles” exhibition, with more than 100 works, garnered enormous attention and attendance, receiving critical accolades for the unique perspective it brought to the subject of L.A.’s international identity and self-identity. The exhibition’s broad range of works from Southern California artists illustrates how text has insinuated itself into the most disparate expressions of L.A. artists and how letters and numerals populate their sense of place.
Past Exhibitions - 2012
November 17, 2012 — December 22, 2012
Paintings, Drawings, Prints & Sculpture
Letters from Los Angeles: Text in Southern California Art will include works by more than thirty contemporary L.A.-based artists who incorporate elements of words and letters in their work.
Some of the Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Lita Albuquerque, John Baldessari, Bill Barminski, Wallace Berman, Chris Burden, Hans Burkhardt, Huguette Caland, Doug Edge, Mark X Farina, Jud Fine, Llyn Foulkes, Eve Fowler, Gajin Fujita, Scott Grieger, Mark Steven Greenfield, Raul Guerrero, George Herms, Dennis Hopper, Ed Kienholz, Barbara Kruger, Lynn Hanson, Charles LaBelle, Mark Licari, Michael C. McMillen, Jim Morphesis, Bruce Nauman, Stas Orlovski, David Allan Peters, Paulin Paris, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Bruce Richards, Ed Ruscha, Richard Shelton, Alexis Smith, J. Michael Walker, Gordon Wagner, Tom Wudl and others.
September 8, 2012 — October 27, 2012
A once in a 30 year exhibition featuring over 120 works.
Featured Artists include:
Jordi Alcaraz, Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Hannelore Baron, Max Beckmann, Norman Bluhm, Hans Burkhardt, Vija Celmins, Marc Chagall, George Condo, Raphael Coronel, Maurice Denis, Richard Diebenkorn, Max Ernst, Claire Falkenstein, Henri Fantin-Latour, Oskar Fischinger, Sam Francis, Gunther Gerzso, Joe Goode, Arshile Gorky, Francisco Goya, Patrick Graham, David Hockney, Hundertwasser, Käthe Kollwitz, Jasper Johns, Rico Lebrun, Louis Legrand, Jack Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Jacques Lipchitz, Marino Marini, Roberto Matta, Peter Milton, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Gustavo Montoya, Reuben Nakian , George Nama, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Diego Rivera, Georges Rouault, Edward Ruscha, David Siqueiros, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Rufino Tamayo, Dorothea Tanning, Mark Tobey, Maurice de Vlaminck, Max Weber, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zúñiga & Others
July 14, 2012 — September 1, 2012
July 14, 2012 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA – Jack Rutberg Fine Arts launches its summer exhibition with an exciting collection of contemporary and modern paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, “The Art of Summer” shown in tandem with a reinstallation of the critically celebrated “Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe”.
February 18, 2012 — October 27, 2012
As Part of the Getty Initiative
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980
A major exhibition titled “Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe” that ran through October 27, 2012 and continues the gallery’s themed Pacific Standard Time shows initiated by The Getty Museum, which debuted September 28, 2011 with a historic Hans Burkhardt exhibition.
February 18, 2012 — June 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 6:00-9:00 p.m.
With Ruth Weisberg in Attendance
“Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then” presents paintings and works on paper by one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated figurative artists since her arrival in 1969. The exhibition, which includes her most recent paintings and spans more than three decades, reveals Weisberg’s unique vision through which the viewer sees the convergence of art history, personal memory, and cultural experience.
The exhibition reveals Weisberg’s decades-long interest in re-imagining the works of such past masters as Titian, Velazquez, Blake and Corot. Through fresco-like effects in her unstretched paintings, as well as the veils of washes in her masterful lithographs, Weisberg brings past-time into contemporary context.
Past Exhibitions - 2011
November 5 — December 24, 2011
Claire Falkenstein – Intimate Relations presents rarely seen works: drawings, small sculpture and her highly prized jewelry. Transcending the traditional definition of the genre, Falkenstein’s jewelry was the subject of her 1961 solo exhibition at the Louvre’s Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Best known for her innovative large scale sculpture and public works, she pushed the boundaries in small and monumental sculpture as exampled by her fusions of metal and glass. Her sculpture extended into the realms of printmaking by impressing her sculptures into paper; first in the Atelier 17 in Paris, and then when commissioned by the Graphic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
September 24, 2011 — January 31, 2012
A Participating Gallery
As Part of the Getty Initiative
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980
Hans Burkhardt’s (1904–1994) expansive career and influence in Los Angeles are the focus of a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings titled “Hans Burkhardt: Within & Beyond the Mainstream.” The exhibition, as part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980, extends through January 31, 2012. Included are important paintings shown in his first solo exhibition at the Stendahl Gallery, and his first museum exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1945, which the L.A. Times called an exhibition of “… dynamic power … a striking transfer of feeling into form.”
June 18 — September 3, 2011
In this exhibition, Condo merges, through a series of works entitled “More Sketches of Spain – for Miles Davis,” his admiration of Spanish masters along with his profound admiration for the music of Miles Davis, whose own jazz masterpiece album recording was entitled “Sketches of Spain.” In these works from 1991 – large-scale sheets and smaller works on paper executed in etching and aquatint – Condo employs an eloquent Picasso-like line with masterful draftsmanship and bravura, giving sly references to Picasso, Dali, Velázquez, etc. Miles Davis has also long been a source of inspiration in Condo’s works. One such example is Condo’s major painting in the Eli Broad collection entitled “Dancing to Miles” exhibited at the 1987 Whitney Biennial.
Also included here is an important early painting on canvas that was part of Condo’s first solo exhibition, which was presented in Los Angeles from 1983, at the Ulrike Kantor Gallery and followed in quick succession by two shows in New York City that year, which catapulted Condo’s career on the national scene.
February 19 – May 31, 2011
“Some Assembly Required – Assemblage & Collage” features some of the most widely acknowledged contemporary and modern artists associated with the ascent of collage and assemblage. Assemblage and collage have been prevalent since the mid-twentieth century in virtually all aspects of contemporary art, ranging from painting to installation – from the figurative/narrative to the most ephemeral conceptual art.
Included in this exhibition of more than 50 works are artists most identified with these disciplines, including Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Louise Nevelson, Romare Bearden, Hannelore Baron, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and others.
January 4, 2011 — January 29, 2011
Jordi Alcaraz, John Baldessari, Hans Burkhardt, Marc Chagall, Sam Francis, Arshile Gorky, Gunther Gerzso, Patrick Graham, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Reuben Nakian, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Diego Rivera, Ed Ruscha, Rufino Tamayo, Mark Tobey, Max Weber, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zúñiga, & others.
Past Exhibitions - 2010
September 11 — December 24, 2010
Jordi Alcaraz: Traslúcido represents the first comprehensive view in America of Alcaraz’s profoundly poetic art. The exhibition brings together large and small scale works which transcend the categories of paintings, sculptures, and drawings as they blend all media, employing assemblage-like manner and installation. Conceptually, Alcaraz extends notions of perspective beyond the realms of the physically-seen. The surfaces of paintings and drawings can be pierced or peeled back in a manner that forces the viewer to consider more deeply the properties of the physical and ephemeral.
Jordi Alcaraz: Traslúcido announces Jack Rutberg Fine Arts’ representation of Jordi Alcaraz and the release of a comprehensive book on the artist entitled Jordi Alcaraz dibuixos, with texts by the leading Spanish art critic, Mariano Navarro, and the renowned American critic, curator and scholar, Peter Selz. This profusely illustrated book, co-published by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, is presented with texts translated in English, Italian, German and Spanish.
May 22 — August 31, 2010
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents a major exhibition of monumental paintings and drawings by Patrick Graham, widely regarded as Ireland’s most important contemporary artist. “Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” features Graham’s most recent works and a number of the artist’s most iconic, large-scale paintings of the last 25 years.
“Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” is presented concurrently with a rare exhibition of drawings by Arshile Gorky, “Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings.” Both exhibitions extend through August 31.
May 22, 2010 — August 31, 2010
“Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” features Gorky’s early sketchbook drawings dating from the early and mid 1930s. It was during that period when Gorky absorbed and re-defined European avant-garde sensibilities, having at that time a profound impact upon such artists as Willem De Kooning, Hans Burkhardt, Stuart Davis, John Graham, Isamu Noguchi and what ultimately became known as the New York School.
“Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” is shown in tandem with the major exhibition “Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” featuring works by the important contemporary Irish artist. Both exhibitions extend through August 31.
January 16 — May 01, 2010
“Reuben Nakian – Sculpture and Works on Paper,” features nearly 50 works – some on loan from museum and private collections – including 30 sculptures plus select original prints and drawings. The exhibition spans work ranging from his provocative 1943 portrait of Marcel Duchamp – when Nakian took a decidedly independent stylistic shift – to Nakian’s iconic sculptures and drawings inspired by Greek mythology.
Past Exhibitions - 2009
June 20 — December 24, 2009
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts opens “Modern & Contemporary Works: A Revolving Exhibition” featuring more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by an impressive range of artists. The exhibition will continue to evolve with fresh installations.
Highlights of Works on View:
- Spanish Contemporary artist Jordi Alcaraz, an emerging force, following his recent museum exhibition in Barcelona and celebrated exhibitions in Madrid, Cologne and Berlin, is shown with several of his poetic constructions.
- Patrick Graham, Ireland’s leading contemporary painter, currently featured in the major museum exhibition, “The Quick and the Dead,” at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, Ireland through September, 27, 2009 is represented here with several works including a monumental painting. Also included in our exhibition are drawings by Timothy Hawkesworth – one of the four artists featured “The Quick and the Dead.”
- Llyn Foulkes is represented through a uniquely surreal painting and assemblage. Foulkes was recently featured in a memorable installation of his works at the Hammer Museum’s exhibition, “Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A.”
- Ruth Weisberg’s formidable painting, “The Blessing,” is shown following its inclusion as the seminal work of her recent solo exhibition, “Ruth Weisberg: Guido Cagnacci and The Resonant Image” at the Norton Simon Museum.
- Following his critically acclaimed exhibition of “Paintings of the 1960s,” Hans Burkhardt is represented with several compelling works from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
- Jerome Witkin, who continues to elicit wide recognition as one of the most extraordinary contemporary narrative painters, is included with his trademarked psychologically charged works.
- Francisco Zúñiga, Mexico’s most important twentieth century sculptor, is represented by drawings and works in bronze. We take this opportunity to invite institutions, collectors, and dealers to submit works for the forthcoming publication of Volume V of the Zúñiga Catalogue Raisonné.
- Sam Francis is represented by a large-scale painting, an exceedingly rare early gouache of the 1950s and other unique works on paper, as well as original color and black and white lithographs.
February 7 — May 30, 2009
The Rutberg Gallery exhibition “Ruth Weisberg – Selected Works” features paintings and works on paper spanning several decades that reveal Weisberg’s unique vision through which the viewer sees the convergence of art history, personal memory, and cultural experience. This impression of multi-layered moments in time is often enhanced to striking effect by Weisberg’s innovative use of fresco-like qualities in her paintings and works on paper. In her large-scale painting, “Time and Time Again,” for example, Weisberg has re-imagined Titian’s masterpiece, “Amor Sacro e Profano”; the landscape is the stage for two tango partners passionately engaged in their dance and each other – a mysterious collision of old and new worlds. Other works explore universal themes of childhood, maternity, spirituality, and personal memory as evocatively filtered through the lens of time.
Past Exhibitions - 2008
September 20, 2008 — January 17, 2009
A major survey exhibition, “Hans Burkhardt – Paintings of the 1960s” includes paintings – some of monumental scale – spanning the entire decade of the 1960s, a critical period in the evolution of American art; particularly in Los Angeles, where Burkhardt resided since his arrival from N.Y. in 1937. Works in the exhibition, and its accompanying illustrated catalogue reveal the full range of Burkhardt’s paintings, reflecting both the excitement of a decade marked by the hopeful social revolution that was the 1960s, and works of unprecedented potency in their protest of the Vietnam War.
May 17 — August 30, 2008
Known for his large scale paintings, which critics have described as being among the great narrative paintings of our time, “Jerome Witkin: Revelations in Drawing,” will be dedicated to Witkin’s equally remarkable drawings, offering an expansive view of the artist’s work. Included will be large scale drawings with remarkable power and poignancy, such as “Vincent and Death,” a dramatic six-foot work where Witkin masterfully envisions Van Gogh – simultaneously defiant and resigned – in encountering death as it peers through a confessional-like window.
Witkin’s full range of subjects can be seen in this exhibition which includes revealing, intimate figure studies and portraits, and the palpable atmosphere in his urban landscapes; be they of gritty New York scenes or his recent drawings of Jerusalem. Witkin’s psychologically charged portraits, are exampled by Witkin’s prophetically empathetic 2004 portrait of the artist R.B. Kitaj, whose recent death shocked the art world. Kitaj cited Witkin as “the greatest figurative painter in America.”
February 16 — March 29, 2008
Provocatively titled “Sam Francis: Black + White,” this exhibition focuses on a hugely important and yet lesser-known aspect of Francis’ rarely seen graphic works in black and white.
Los Angeles’ most internationally known artist, Sam Francis created iconic abstract works employing splatters, stains and grids. Francis’ artistic vision was fueled by his study of Jung’s theories on dreams and memory, his love of literature and poetry, his fascination with Eastern religion and philosophy, and the surrealist and Dada-ist experiments with controlled accidents.
While best known for his often brightly colored works, the exhibition investigates what might be regarded as the purest aspect of Francis’ vision, through his investigation of the energy created by the tension of opposites; the yin and yang of black ink spattered and painted across the negative, open spaces and fields of white paper. These investigations are evident in this exhibition of rare original graphic works in etchings and lithography.
Past Exhibitions - 2007
September 29, 2007 — January 31, 2008
This ambitious exhibition of Zúñiga works features important sculpture, drawings and watercolors. Highlights include one of the few exceedingly rare sculptures in wood by the artist entitled Mother with Child at her Hip, 1982, offered for the first time. Also included are a rare marble sculpture, a larger-than-life-sized bronze Juchiteca Sentada, 1974, and nearly 30 masterful drawings and watercolors affirming Zúñiga’s recognition as one of the greatest draftsmen of the human figure.
Zúñiga’s monumental works celebrate the female form as an elemental force; sometimes maternal, often as sensual, but always heroic. These sculptures and drawings of women – as matriarch or adolescent – have today become powerful and iconic images. Worldwide recognition of Francisco Zúñiga continues to assert itself as evidenced by the recent world-record setting prices achieved at international auctions.
This museum quality exhibition is accompanied by the newly published Volumes III and IV of “Francisco Zúñiga, A Catalogue Raisonné,” documenting the artist’s body of work, edited and written by Ariel Zúñiga, son and biographer of the artist and head of the Zúñiga Foundation. This new, two-volume set with nearly 4,000 illustrations is dedicated to the artist’s drawings and watercolors.
July 14 — September 08, 2007
“Picasso: A Graphic View” brings together eighty ceramics and works on paper, including thirty etchings from Picasso’s important Vollard series executed in the 1930s. This series from Picasso’s neo-classical period represents some of the most iconic images created by the artist. Ambroise Vollard, who commissioned these remarkable etchings, was the pre-eminent champion and dealer of modern art in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. In the Vollard Suite, Picasso’s subjects metamorphose into mythical figures–gods and goddesses, centaurs and nymphs. It is an extraordinary sequence in which he explores the ideas of love, lust, the artist as creator and the mistress as muse.
March 4 — May 19, 2007
The works of New York artist George Nama features in an exhibition of sculptures, gouaches, and etchings inspired by the poetry of his friends and collaborators Yves Bonnefoy, Alfred Brendel, and Charles Simic. Their poetry, accompanied by Nama’s works, serves as the basis of a collaborative art exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, entitled “George Nama – Inspired by Poetry: Sculptures, Etchings and Gouaches,” which opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM, and extends through Saturday, May 19.
The exhibition focuses on the work of two portfolios: “Poems: Yves Bonnefoy, Alfred Brendel, Charles Simic,” with twelve original Nama etchings, and “Charles Simic: Wonders of the Invisible World and Other Poems,” with ten etchings by Nama. In addition toInspired by his friend’s poetry, George Nama has created a series of light-hearted, yet charged etchings and bronze sculpture that The New York Times writer Grace Glueck, in her rave review, finds reminiscent of the surrealist Max Ernst; while Art in America critic David Ebony labels the work “visual poetry.” Brendel’s poems in German, along with their English translations, book-end the ten Nama etchings along with sculptures and drawings in this exhibition, titled “Devils’ Pageant/Von Teufeln.” the etchings especially created for these poetry collections, the exhibition will include a number of related unique gouache drawings and bronze sculptures by Nama.
Past Exhibitions - 2006
October 21 — December 23, 2006
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents “NUDE,” an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. This exhibition, with over 50 works, spans more than a century and includes a wide stylistic range as exampled by contemporary artists David Hockney and Raymond Pettibon, Pop artist Tom Wesselmann, Surrealists Roberto Matta and Joseph Cornell and early modernists Arshile Gorky and Henri Matisse, along with Impressionists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir.
July 7 — October 7, 2006
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents an exhibition of select contemporary and modern works as part of the L.A. Mid-Wilshire cultural event, Gallery Night Out. This ambitious exhibition, “Summer Selections: Portraits – Places – Perspectives,” opening July 7, features more than 50 major paintings, drawings, original prints, and sculpture by significant American, European, and Latin American artists. The exhibition extends through September 9, 2006.
Among the notable artists included are:
Cy Twombly, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Hans Burkhardt, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Patrick Graham, Jasper Johns, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Sam Francis, Arshile Gorky, Oskar Fischinger, Arthur Dove, Francisco Zúñiga, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, and others.
March 25 — May 31, 2006
The exhibition at the Rutberg Gallery extends from a major 29-foot Weisberg mural, titled “New Beginnings,” commissioned by UJA Federation of New York, now installed at the entrance to its headquarters at 130 East 59th Street in New York City.
In this new series of large and small scale paintings and drawings, Ruth Weisberg expands upon the subject of this commissioned painted mural – themes of diaspora, hope, community, and new beginnings. Weisberg explores personal and collective history through layered images which express both time and memory.
Past Exhibitions - 2005
November 11, 2005 — January 31, 2006
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents an important and timely exhibition, “Art of Engagement,” officially launching the much anticipated book by renowned art historian, Peter Selz, entitled, “Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond,” published by University of California Press.
In its scope and breadth, the “Art of Engagement” exhibition functions as an ambitious historical survey of artistic expressions in contemporary and modern art inspired by social and political issues. The exhibition centers on works that are compelling for their artistic expressions. Collectively, these works underscore the degree to which artists have been responsive to such issues, in spite of the relative rarity of similar exhibitions presented by museums and galleries.
Free speech, eco-environmentalism, gender politics, racial issues, and labor activism are just a few of the subjects explored in “Art of Engagement,” along with images of conflict, from the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the Holocaust, to the war and political agitation of the Vietnam war years, up through to the present war in Iraq.
September 16 — October 29, 2005
“Latin American Masters” includes more than 80 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture by such major Latin American artists as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Leonora Carrington, Dr. Atl, Gunther Gerzso, Roberto Matta, David Alfredo Siqueiros, Jean Charlot, Carlos Merida, Jose Luis Cuevas, Rodolfo Morales, Rafael Coronel, Francisco Toledo, Francisco Zúñiga, and others. The exhibition compliments the growing international interest in Latin American art as reflected in recent museum exhibitions, auction activity and contemporary collecting, and continues the gallery’s commitment to offering important works of American, European, and Latin American art.
July 8 — September 3, 2005
Opening with a reception Friday, July 8 at 7 PM, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts at 357 North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles presents a summer exhibition rich with “Acquisitions” of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
Highlights of this large show span the dawn of modern art, with works by Francisco Goya, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and Vlaminck as well as other modern masters. Particularly noteworthy are two unique paintings: a Mark Tobey canvas, exceptional in a rare, larger size, with the artist’s lyric de-constructions into luminous, vibrating forms; and an unusual George Grosz oil, an arresting table scape executed in 1927, whose serene domestic subject and sensual palette belies the approaching war.
March 11 — May 28, 2005
This Fischinger survey at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is curated by art critic Peter Frank, who has also collaborated on the educational component of “Visual Music.” According to Peter Frank, “we now understand Oskar Fischinger not only as a link between the geometric painting of pre-war Europe and post-war California but as a grandfather of the digital arts.”
Oskar Fischinger’s earliest drawings and paintings were first created as sequential components in his films to evoke various states of consciousness, often using music as a springboard to syncopate lines, forms and color. His work also reflects his interest in spirituality, especially Buddhism and Theosophy. Fischinger’s influence on the development of avant-garde abstract films is profound, with the genius of his vision acknowledged by twentieth century luminaries such as Orson Welles, Wassily Kandinsky, Moholy Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Leopold Stokowski and John Cage.
Fischinger’s artistic innovations in film, recognized in Hollywood where he moved to work in 1936, eventually evolved exclusively into painting. In that medium he distilled his ideas in non-objective abstraction, presaging and significantly influencing Los Angeles’ contemporary hard-edge abstract painters, most notably John McLaughlin.
Past Exhibitions - 2004
November 5, 2004 — February 26, 2005
This exhibition of drawings, mostly never before shown, and paintings from this early period reference this seminal period when so many artists were infused with these then-avant garde sensibilities. It was during this period when Gorky’s acquaintance was made and would leave its profound impact upon such artists as John Graham, Willem De Kooning, Hans Burkhardt, Stuart Davis, David Burliuk, Ethel Schwabacher (who ultimately wrote a book on Gorky), Isamu Noguchi and a great many other notables.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 93-page illustrated text published for the occasion, with an essay by leading Gorky scholar, Melvin P. Lader. Dr. Lader co-curated the recent major retrospective of Gorky drawings at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and the Menil Collection in Houston. Dr. Lader’s text expands upon his extensive writings on Gorky, offering new references and insights on this legendary artist.
June 4 — September 30, 2004
Increasingly compared to the pantheons of art including Lucian Freud, Manet, Ingres, Goya and Courbet, N.Y. contemporary painter Jerome Witkin is featured in a major exhibition entitled “JEROME WITKIN: SITE & INSIGHT” at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles beginning June 4 and extending through September 30, 2004.
This exhibition of recent and select paintings and drawings offers provocative works that put the viewer into intimate contact with the dense interior landscapes of both people and places. The works range from moody urban landscapes and penetrating portraits to intimate figure studies and vivid, psychologically-charged tableaux, often referencing seminal moments in history.
April 2 — May 14, 2004
Alfred Brendel’s poems in German, along with their English translations, book-end the thirteen Nama gouaches and accompanying etchings, along with thirteen sculptures in this exhibition titled “Thirteen Angels.” This show is complemented by its companion exhibition, a previous Brendel-Nama collaboration called “Devils’ Pageant.”
George Nama’s works give apt expression to Brendel’s mischievous verses, which the distinguished critic and Academie Francaise member Yves Bonnefoy, declares to be “what angels and devils look like … beautiful images … now the happy consequence of this inquiry into our inner self.”
January 16 — March 13, 2004
A significant exhibition entitled “Francisco Zúñiga: Rare Paintings on Canvas & A Survey of Original Graphics” features one of Mexico’s major twentieth century artists at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, opening January 16 and extending through March 13, 2004. This major exhibition represents the first time that Zúñiga’s oils have been exhibited in the United States, and highlights these extremely rare paintings along with a survey of his original graphic works on paper. Here, as in his iconic sculptures, Zúñiga’s imagery celebrates life and its expression through the female form.
This museum quality exhibition is accompanied by the new publication of “Francisco Zúñiga, Catalogue Raisonné: Volume II, Oil Paintings & Original Prints, 1927-1986.” This beautifully printed and definitive hardcover book contains 375 illustrations, along with essays by Ariel Zúñiga (the artist’s son) and by Andrew Vlady (master lithographer who often collaborated with Zúñiga). In addition, the book includes an appendix of additions to “Catalogue Raisonné: Sculpture, Volume I.” Collectively, this two volume reference set documents Zúñiga’s vast œuvres and is available through the gallery.
Past Exhibitions - 2003
November 8 — December 24, 2003
An ambitious exhibition of 150 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, “It’s Not the Size that Counts: Treasures Big & Small” features in this biennial exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, opening November 8 and extending through December 24.
Among the artists represented are:
Edward Kienholz, David Hockney, Donald Sultan, Frank Stella, Sam Francis, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Graham, Jerome Witkin, Patrick Graham, Ruth Weisberg, Willem De Kooning, Hans Burkhardt, Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Gaston Lachaise, Francisco Zúñiga, Gunther Gerzso, Rufino Tamayo, Lorser Feitelson, Man Ray, Hundertwasser, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Maurice Denis, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.
July 11 — October 25, 2003
“Requiem for War” is a landmark survey of Hans Burkhardt’s war paintings. This exhibition features an extraordinary range of work from 1938 to 1993, in which Burkhardt employed his abstract expressionist symbolism to explore the furthest emotional ranges of his responses to and perceptions of war, from the Spanish Civil War and World War II through the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and the conflicts of Latin America and the Middle East.
May 16 —June 28, 2003
Although generally categorized with New York Abstract Expressionism, Mark Tobey stands uniquely apart from and is seen as a precursor to this movement. His works stem from a highly personal and spiritual stream of expression, which greatly impacted Abstract Expressionism.
Tobey, who converted to the Bahá’i faith, was a master of combining both Eastern and Western sensibilities in his work. Already fascinated with eastern philosophy, Tobey traveled to the Far East in 1934 and spent a month in a Zen monastery in Kyoto, Japan, where he studied calligraphy and painting, wrote poetry, and meditated. Back from his travels around 1935, Tobey developed his unique “white writing” style, inspired by his calligraphic studies in the East, which anticipated Jackson Pollack’s “all-over” paintings. For Tobey, the calligraphic line was not used to create boundaries but to establish paths of meditation and introspection. In the exhibition, Tobey’s unique paintings and graphic works illustrate this notion as their scale forces the viewer to intimately engage these works.
March 7 — April 30, 2003
In this exhibition entitled “Ruth Weisberg: Love, Sacred and Profane,” the artist extends her explorations to the convergence of art history and personal or collective history through layered images which express both time and memory. The exhibition derives its title from Titian’s 16th century masterpiece, Amor Sacro e Profano.
In the centerpiece of the exhibition, Weisberg echoes Titian’s painting, but disrupts its Italian landscape by inserting a large scale modern-day couple passionately embraced in dance. Weisberg says that in creating these dancers, “… I also became fascinated with the history of the Tango, which like Jazz arose out of a culture of exile. Tango is the embodiment for us of attraction and passionate engagement … Overall I hope for a collision of worlds; an encounter between a Renaissance paradise and dancers in the modern world in which a core of mystery and longing persists.”
Past Exhibitions - 2002
December 2002 — February 2003
By Pierre Alechinsky, John Baldessari, Max Beckmann, Hans Burkhardt, Willem De Kooning, Max Ernst, Oskar Fischinger, Arshile Gorky, Patrick Graham, David Hockney, Käthe Kollwitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tobey, Andy Warhol, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zúñiga, and others.
September 13 — November 30, 2002
In a rare opportunity to view the works of – arguably – Ireland’s most important contemporary artist, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery is exhibiting “Patrick Graham: Looking Back to Now.” This major survey of paintings and drawings opens September 13 with an opening reception with the artist in attendance, and extends through November 30.
“Patrick Graham: Looking Back to Now” includes the artist’s most recent works, along with selected paintings and drawings spanning more than 20 years. Graham’s psychologically-charged work explores journeys into revelation and transcendence. His powerful expressionist paintings evoke the near-mystical qualities of Irish earth and water; spatial and spiritual passages.
June — August 2002
By Pierre Alechinsky, John Baldessari, Max Beckmann, Hans Burkhardt, Willem De Kooning, Max Ernst, Oskar Fischinger, Arshile Gorky, Patrick Graham, David Hockney, Käthe Kollwitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tobey, Andy Warhol, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zuñiga, and others.
April 6 — May 31, 2002
Inspired by his friend’s poetry, George Nama has created a series of light-hearted, yet charged etchings and bronze sculpture that The New York Times writer Grace Glueck, in her rave review, finds reminiscent of the surrealist Max Ernst; while Art in America critic David Ebony labels the work “visual poetry.”
Brendel’s poems in German, along with their English translations, book-end the ten Nama etchings along with sculptures and drawings in this exhibition, titled “Devils’ Pageant/Von Teufeln.”
March 1 — May 30, 2002
Images of women comprise the theme of an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture presented at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles. The exhibition of seventy-five works spanning from the late nineteenth century moderns to contemporary masters, opens on March 1, 2002.
While depictions of women have typically been the most prevalent subjects in western art as evocations of beauty, as well as the artist’s muse, this exhibition also incorporates noteworthy social statements. Among those are rare works by the late 19th century Dutch symbolist, Jan Toorop, with his powerful – “Work for Women,” of 1898 – among the earliest feminist statements in Modern Art; Ernst Barlach’s sculpture, “Russian Beggar Woman” of 1906; and Käthe Kollwitz’ masterpiece sculpture, “Pieta” of 1938.
Among the artists represented in the exhibition are: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Jan Toorop, Henri Fantin-Latour, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Emil Nolde, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, Georges Rouault, Alexander Archipenko, Gaston Lachaise, Joan Miró, Arshile Gorky, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zúñiga, Henry Moore, Hans Burkhardt, Willem De Kooning, Patrick Graham, Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Tom Wesselmann, and David Hockney.
January — March 2002
Including Pierre Alechinsky, John Baldessari, Max Beckmann, Hans Burkhardt, Willem De Kooning, Max Ernst, Oskar Fischinger, Arshile Gorky, Patrick Graham, David Hockney, Käthe Kollwitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tobey, Andy Warhol, Ruth Weisberg, Jerome Witkin, Francisco Zúñiga, and others.
Past Exhibitions - 2001
July 18 — September 1, 2001
A group exhibition of works by Contemporary and Modern artists from Europe, the United States, Latin and South America. Included will be 80 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by renowned artists including:
Karel Appel, Max Beckmann, Fernando Botero, Georges Braque, Hans Burkhardt, Mark Chagall, Jean Charlot, Rafael Coronel, Jose Louis Cuevas, Oskar Fischinger, Henri Fantin-Latour, Gunther Gerszo, Alberto Giacometti, Arshile Gorky, Patrick Graham, George Grosz, Hundertwasser, Edward Kienholz, Oskar Kokoschka, Moise Kisling, Käthe Kollwitz, Marino Marini, Alfredo Ramos-Martinez, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera, Georges Rouault, Edward Ruscha, Rufino Tamayo, Ruth Weisberg, Tom Wesselman, Jerome Witkin, and Francisco Zúñiga.
September 21 — December 22, 2001
The most ambitious exhibition of Zúñiga works in the United States in more than a decade, “Francisco Zúñiga: Sculpture & Selected Works on Paper” includes important large and small scale sculpture, drawings, and selected original graphic works on paper. More than any sculptor of the twentieth century, Zúñiga’s monumental works celebrate life and its expression through the female form in his sculpture and drawings of women – as matriarch or adolescent.
This museum quality exhibition is accompanied by the new publication of the authoritative book, “Francisco Zúñiga, A Catalogue Raisonné,” documenting Zúñiga’s complete body of work in sculpture. This much anticipated and indispensable reference is available during the exhibition.
May 4 — June 30, 2001
The etchings of Peter Milton have long been regarded as being among the most intriguing, if not enigmatic works in American contemporary printmaking. Defying easy categorization, Milton employs complex etching techniques to create works of extreme detail which, while ostensibly rooted in realism, are in fact intricately layered apparitions depicted in altered space and time.
February 9 — March 31, 2001
Evidence of Love, Romance, Desire & Fantasy explores the emotional response to this most universal of subjects: from romantic and maternal tenderness, to the wilder shores of erotic fantasy. While not intended to be encyclopedic, this exhibition offers the opportunity to view works spanning from Impressionist and Symbolist artists of the late nineteenth century through modern masters and significant contemporary artists working today in representational, abstract and conceptional idioms.