Stan Brodsky, The Figure: 1951 - 2006
April 8 - June 6, 2008
Emily Lowe Gallery
Stan Brodsky, Self Portrait, 2004
This Hofstra University Museum exhibition focuses on 28 autobiographical and figurative artworks by Stan Brodsky, following a chronological path through the artist's life. Using light, color, shape and texture, Brodsky explores his life experiences, struggles and successes.
A number of Brodsky's works explore his own compelling inner struggles, Himself Dissected (1999), as well as the struggle of his son Adam's battle with obsessive compulsive disorder, Adam's World #14 (1992). After years of turmoil and loss of family, the exhibition ends with a tribute to the joyful aspects of his life as seen in Portrait of Jeanne (2006), a painting that pays homage to his wife Jeanne Hewitt.
The exhibition catalogue features the essay Being Stan Brodsky by the art critic and filmmaker Amei Wallach, who describes Brodsky's paintings of the 1960s and 1970s as having an "austerity of space and delicacy of color with which he was then imbuing his landscapes." The catalogue essay places Brodsky's figurative work in context with his overall body of work.
Programs in conjunction with this exhibition include A Conversation with Stan Brodsky on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 3:00pm and a public reception with the artist on Sunday, April 27, 2008 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.