Victoria Gitman “On the Surface”

Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Art gallery

poster for Victoria Gitman “On the Surface”

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There was a necklace that appeared in many of Gitman’s female portraits, works that resemble those of Flanders in their crisp and delicate portrayal of women. One day, she came up with the idea of painting only the necklace itself. This led to “On Display”, Gitman’s series of paintings of beaded purses and necklaces.

Precisely as if repeating the iterations of actual beaded embroidery, the artist paints each bead individually, limiting her painting time from morning onwards for as long as the sun is in the sky. The soft light that envelops her motifs at the time when she must cease painting allows us to sense the light, air and humidity of the natural environments where her motifs are positioned.

Concurrent with “On Display”, Gitman also continues to work on the series “The Beauties”, which consists of female portraits based on postcards of Renaissance paintings. In the resulting series of small works, details such as braided hair, pearl necklaces and gold embroidery that even in the older works were diligently depicted, in the minute precision with which they are rendered here reveal something of the fetishism concealed in the originals. What fundamentally captured the artist’s interest was the structure itself of these images: these women who are decorated to an unparalleled extent fit into their frames precisely as if they too are “on display.” As in the series of purses and necklaces, the finely nuanced surfaces of the images lure the viewer close and elicit and intimate gaze, making the courtship between picture and beholder a central axis of her work. This exhibition presents paintings and drawings from Gitman’s “On Display” series.

[Image: Victoria Gitman “On Display” (partial) (2010)]



from March 19, 2014 to April 14, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-03-19 from 18:00 to 20:00
Artist talk begin at 18:30.


Victoria Gitman



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