Claire Falkenstein book talk at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe, a major survey of the late California multimedia artist’s work now on at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, coincides with the release of the newly published, comprehensive book on the artist’s work and life, Claire Falkenstein.

The Falkenstein material is paired at Rutberg’s with work of another important California woman artist, the painter and USC professor Ruth Weisberg.

Rutberg and his wonderful team, including his wife, Mary Lou Rutberg, are hosting a book talk on Saturday, March 24 [call for details]. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about the influential and prolific artist while seeing the Pacific Standard Time exhibit on view through April 28.

Plus the nicest people hang around this gallery. So go.

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Bay Area-artist Claire Falkenstein studied at the University of California, Berkeley; later, she taught studio art courses at Mills College in Oakland and the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), now the San Francisco Art Institute. She maintained a life long friendship with Clyfford Still and other significant CSFA artist-teachers of the era.  

Relocating to Europe in the 1950s, Falkenstein was associated with many influential American and European artists of the time; among her best-known works are the gates at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts in 1978.

Later, she moved to Venice, California, turning her attention from organic “structures” to painting after 1990. She produced over 4,000 sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Text courtesy of ArtFix Daily. Images courtesy Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Credits to follow …

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

SUN, 1960
Copper, 30 x 75 x 38 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

GAME, 1944
Forged Iron and Paint 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

AERIAL, 1947
Etched and Painted Aluminum 34 1/8 x 29 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
JRFA #10336

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

PAIN, 1949
Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 14 1/8 x 11 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN

SPACE STRUCTURE, 1978
Nickel-Plated Iron, 35 x 39 x 32 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

BARCELONA #2, 1949
Gouache on Paper on Canvas, 39 x 25 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

BARCELONA SERIES, 1949
Gouache on Paper on Canvas, 18 x 35 1/2 inches

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CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997)

SIGN OF U (SMALL SUN), 1970
Copper and Bronze. 10 1/2 x 16 x 14 inches 

 


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