R.B. Kitaj (1932 - 2007) Self-Portrait, 2007 Oil on canvas 30.5 x 30.5 cm Private collection, London. Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York © R.B. Kitaj Estate

Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections

9 July - 8 October 2011

This summer Abbot Hall Art Gallery has curated the first major UK exhibition of the American artist R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), following the Tate’s controversial retrospective in 1994. Offering an opportunity for a reappraisal of his artistic achievements the exhibition features fifty paintings and works on paper, which have been selected from the point of view of Kitaj’s own concept of painting as portraiture in its broadest sense. Including many self portraits and portraits of some of the leading thinkers, poets and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century such as Isaiah Berlin, Robert Creeley and David Hockney.

★★★★☆ Read Alfred Hickling's review in the Guardian

★★★☆☆ Read Michael Glover's review in The Independent

Read R.B. Kitaj's Obituary by Michael McNay in the Guardian

Supported by - Arts Council England, Northern Rock Foundation, The John Ellerman Foundation, Granada Foundation, The John S Cohen Foundation, Marlborough Fine Art, The Foyle Foundation

Image:
R B Kitaj
Poet
2006
Oil on canvas
© Copyright the Estate of the Artist
 

 

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  • R.B. Kitaj (1932 - 2007) Self-Portrait, 2007 Oil on canvas 30.5 x 30.5 cm Private collection, London. Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York © R.B. Kitaj Estate

 

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