Shelburne Art Center Hosts Rubenstein Exhibition

Shelburne Art Center announces an exhibition of the work of noted Hudson Valley painter, Lewis Rubenstein, from April 19-May 26. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, April 21, 2-5 p.m. at the Art Center gallery. Lewis Rubenstein spent the last years of his life at Wake Robin, in Shelburne, and Vermont scenes figure in many of his late watercolors. Rubenstein headed the studio art program at Vassar for many years. His work is represented in the collections of The Ford Foundation, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, The Harvard University Art Museums and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. He designed and executed fresco murals for the Fogg Museum and assisted the Mexican muralist Orozco with his mural for the Museum of Modern Art. Controversy arose in 1936 when Rubenstein completed a mural painting based on the Niebelung legend at the Germanic Museum at Harvard (later renamed the Busch-Reisinger Museum). His contemporary depiction conveyed an anti-war, anti-fascist message, including a specific representation of Hitler. Rubensteins interest in Japanese and Chinese art inspired an innovation he called Time Paintinglong, horizontal scroll-like paintings exploring a theme over a period of time. Viewers look at the images in sequence in a specially designed box. Rubenstein described the Time Paintings as a synthesis of experiences transfigured by time. He favored water-based techniques, particularly Sumi ink. He is quoted as saying, With one cake of fine Chinese ink, one can really hold the world in ones hand. Rubenstein executed more than thirty Time Paintings, whose subjects range from landscape and seascape to biblical and documentary themes. One of the Time Painting scrolls will be shown in the exhibition, as will a DVD showing Rubenstein at work. The exhibition will include works in watercolor and oil, some of Rubenstein's small sketches and work from the 1930s featuring workers and industrial scenes. The exhibition is sponsored by Network Chiropractic of Vermont, Civil Engineering Associates and the reception is provided by Tuscan Kitchen. Shelburne Art Center is a nonprofit arts organization that serves residents of Chittenden County and beyond. For over 60 years it has been a focal point in the cultural life of the community, offering year-round classes and programs for all ages. The Art Centers gallery displays the work of artists from Vermont and the United States. The always-changing gallery features fine art and craft exhibits and displays a beautiful assortment of fine craft: pottery, prints, wood objects, jewelry, and cards, perfect for unique and personalized gifts. For more information call 802-985-3648 or visit www.shelburneartcenter.org

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