Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 3, 2008
"Venetian Walls", an exhibition of paintings by JB Berkow, including an opening cocktail reception, is scheduled for display on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Ed Chasen Fine Art, 2906 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.
JB Berkow's newest exhibition "Venetian Walls" leads the viewer intriguingly along the boundary between the abstract and reality. It is the core of a traveling museum show titled, "Realism: A Stringing Together of Abstractions", which is slated for 2012, and it provides a delectable preview of the museum show's underlying premise.
J. B. Berkow:
Though Ms. Berkow is famous for her meticulously rendered scenes of Europe, and in particular, Venice, this new work zeros in on the walls of Venice, which makes it easier to see just how abstract her work really is. "No matter how realistic a scene turns out," JB declares, "as I'm painting it, I only work on one section at a time, and those tiny segments are broken down in my mind's eye to the basic building blocks of line, shape, texture, and color. I am painting small individual abstract compositions that when strung together become something recognizable."
However, because they retain much of the artist's brushwork and painterly quality, the finished paintings lack the slick and sometimes mechanical feel found in so many photo-realist and trompe l'oeil works of art. Instead, JB's paintings are warm and alive and often invite the viewer to reach out and touch or walk into her painted scenes.
Venetian Series by J. B.Berkow:
Several other exciting things are planned for the show at Ed Chasen Fine Art. A personal friend, Avram Cooperman (alias, the Wine Doctor), who is a world renown pancreatic surgeon turned Italian wine specialist, will be conducting a wine tasting of superb Italian wines. JB will also be signing her new monograph titled, "Painted Poetry," for which she also composed the poetry. Her first book of poems, "Shades of Love," was released in 1993. To top off the exhibition, JB will also unveil her newest work in bronze, a chess set based on the sculptures in her Gilded Rose Collection.
JB Berkow grew up just outside of D.C. in Bethesda, MD and studied at the Corcoran School of Art as well as the Maryland Institute of Art. She founded one of the most successful cooperatives in the country, Touchstone Gallery, here in D.C. back in 1976. It still exists today. Ten years later, JB relocated to Florida where she now lives. In 1991 she began her artistic journey back to her home by beginning to exhibit at Venable Neslage Gallery. She continued to show there successfully for many years until the owner eventually retired and closed the gallery. After her sell-out show last year at Mr. Chasen's gallery, JB is very excited about returning for her second large-scale exhibition in this beautiful new venue. Ed Chasen Fine Art Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown one block from the Four Seasons Hotel.
This show will run from October 4-31, 2008.
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