Painter and printmaker Marius Sznajderman will show new and other works at an exhibition opening at the Applewood. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the gallery talk on Wednesday, July 22, at 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open to public through October 11, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, and weekends by appointment. For more information please call, Christine Sulborski, 413-253-9833.
Sznajderman has exhibited extensively in the United States and South America. His works are in major public and private collections, including The Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, The Museo Del Barrio in New York City, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela.
The 88-year-old artist recently relocated to the Pioneer Valley from Northern New Jersey, where he maintained a residence and studio for more than 50 years. The exhibit will feature paintings, collage constructions, collages, prints and drawings. They include new works completed at Applewood, as well as pieces created over the last 30 years. Among the works in the exhibit are a series of collages, “The Sculptor’s Studio,” loosely based on the studio of 20th century Cubist Constantin Brancusi; a series of drawings with architectural elements, “Vestiges,” and collages inspired by his late mother’s store in Caracas.
Sznajderman was born in Paris in 1926. In 1942 he escaped to Spain with his parents and moved to Venezuela, where he lived for seven years. He immigrated to the United States in 1949. In Venezuela he was active in art circles – exhibiting, illustrating, and designing for the theater. He continued his artistic career in the U.S. while studying at Columbia University. He has taught art, art history and design at New York University, the School of Visual Arts and Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as in federal and state grant programs in public schools.
As a scenic designer, Sznajderman worked for the Circle in the Square Theatre, Columbia Theater Associates and the French Art Theater, among others. He has had more than 30 one-man shows and numerous group shows in South America and the U.S.
“Much of my work comes out of numerous sketches and studies in search of a final concept – a concept that I use fully, creating a series of variations on a theme. That theme might recur in later works,” Sznajderman said.
“The memories of my early years in Venezuela are seminal in the development of my work,” Sznajderman added. “They are part of my vision.”
Jacqueline Barnitz, a well-known art historian and critic and a specialist in Latin American Art, said: “The rich vocabulary of themes visible in Marius Sznajderman’s work represents the sum of an equally rich accumulation of personal experience which he absorbed in the course of his years of living in France, Venezuela and the United States.
“The artist’s intimate relationship with the subjects is precisely what gives him the freedom to turn them into intricately and carefully planned compositions,” Barnitz said. “ … His work belongs to an expressionist tradition closer to the abstract artists than to earlier, German Expressionism.”
For more information about Marius Sznajderman and his work, please visit www.mariussznajderman.com.
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