‘Variety’ got it dead wrong: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) 1

Film · Visual arts
On the occasion of the hugely talented, innovative and original filmmaker George Romero receiving his star on Hollywood Boulevard (the auteur director died in July) and the wonderful tribute event we attended (screening Romero’s marvelous and underrated CREEPSHOW) this past week, we sense that Romero’s pioneering in the horror genre can’t have been easy. A tough ...

The Guadalajara scene seen by Hans Burkhardt

Visual arts
Hans Burkhardt, City At Night I – Guadalajara, 1957, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 60 inches Hans Burkhardt in Mexico, opening tonight at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, features major works painted in Mexico by the Los Angeles artist Hans Burkhardt over a span of more than 10 years beginning in 1950. Mexico’s contrasting architecture and ...

Sassy Chahine print enters life of arts·meme

Visual arts
A Sunday visit to the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair — seeking respite from the onslaught of Donald Trump —  to attend a public conversation between gallerist Jack Rutberg and artist Ruth Weisberg, spawned a new relationship! A fateful encounter with a wonderful teensy engraving, reproduced above. That in turn makes me the proud owner ...

Irish painting master Patrick Graham in major show @ Rutberg’s

Visual arts
A rare opportunity to view the works of one of Ireland’s most influential contemporary artists, Patrick Graham, who, starting next weekend will be honored with an important exhibit at one of L.A.s’ most respected art galleries, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Thirty-six works including Graham’s iconic large-scale paintings and complex mixed media drawings, deeply rooted in ...

Brothers Witkin, twins reunited at Newport Beach Film Festival

Film · Visual arts
Jerome Witkin and Joel-Peter Witkin have shocked and stirred the art world for decades. Both men enjoy passionate cult followings, yet few in the arts community had any idea they were related, let alone that they were identical twins who had been estranged for half a century. The gallery show that inspired the film’s title, ...

March means chamber music

Music
Well, Jacaranda. The blossoming bushes that seduce with the color purple reinvented as a cutting-edge contemporary classical music presentation series. On monthly Saturday nights in Santa Monica, there convenes the cognoscenti, a considerable who-is-who of Los Angeles’s serious music universe. They meet, greet, and eat (cookies served during the break). The thirteen-season-running series, a labor ...

Spectral ballet studios by Ruth Weisberg

Dance · Visual arts
Ruth Weisberg L’ANCIENNE, 1978 Ink Drawing on Lithographic Wash 28 3/4 x 40 1/2 inches JRFA #0935 Ruth Weisberg GILLES ET L’ANCIENNE, 1978 Original Lithograph 29 5/8 x 41 3/4 inches JRFA #0936 The deeply evocative body of work entitled “Reflections Through Time,” a career retrospective of artist Ruth Weisberg now on at Jack Rutberg ...

“Modern master” says London Times of Rutberg artist Patrick Graham

Film · Visual arts
Patrick Graham, A Song for T. & R., 1988. Mixed media on board. 32 × 44″ An excerpt from a story in The London Times about artist Patrick Graham concurrent to his show at John P Quinlan’s gallery at the Triskel in Cork: A chance occurrence in the early 1980s changed the trajectory of Graham’s ...

USC’s Ruth Weisberg honored with esteemed printmaking award

Visual arts
Very pleased to share news that Ruth Weisberg, who is professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School, and currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, is 2015 recipient of the SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award. The SGC International is the largest print ...

Lyris-ists land on LaBrea, for ‘Music & Conversations’ 1

Music · Visual arts
A high-performance moment slated, this weekend, for Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, the stellar LaBrea Avenue art gallery. Chamber music presenter Music & Conversations will host the Lyris Quartet whose punctilious playing we have so enjoyed  around town — and who have a wonderful upcoming engagement on April 5 with Jacaranda, Music from the Edge. Saturday ...