When you gotta go, you gotta go. But when you gotta come back, please send us your new address, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts!
The estimable art gallery where we have enjoyed so many wonderful exhibits, opening receptions, chamber music concerts, lectures and art talks — all punctuated by learning and laughter — will close its doors after 37 years on LaBrea Avenue. On that grand Los Angeles boulevard, Rutberg’s pearl white gallery sits, until mid-September, amidst what remains of LaBrea’s small-business culture: an orthodox Jewish synogogue, an Indian curry house and a Bavarian brauhaus next door.
The move is not for Rutberg’s lack of luster or ebbing of passion for introducing artists and artworks to the Los Angeles public. It is the city’s insane real estate bubble that has done the gallery in. Rutberg, still in his prime and far from retiring, is seeking new digs to enter a new epoch.
Our lives have been much enriched by the classy and comprehensive exhibitions by Rutberg’s highly selective stable of artists: among them Hans Burkhardt, Ruth Weisberg, Patrick Graham, Jordi Alcaraz (who enjoys the gallery’s final show closing soon on August 31), Francisco Zuniga, Jerome Witkin, Clare Falkenstein (whose stunning show in 2012 was a personal favorite), as well as curatorial books for all shows. Rutberg, an indefatigable, passionate, and most articulate gallerist, has been completely successful in imprinting these names into our arts awareness.
A luminous presence in the gallery has been the boss’s right-hand woman and wife (also his best friend and unfailing supporter, he recently informed me), Mary Lou Rutberg. A pleasure to know Mary Lou, and in addition, to deal with all the talented personnel working at 357 N. LaBrea Avenue.
Of all these fond and wonderful memories, naturally the zenith was Jack’s kind hosting of arts·meme‘s fifth anniversary party in 2013. A generous act by this menschy man topped by his return to our tenth anniversary party, in July, to deliver more warm words about the arts blog.
Thanks for the memory, Jack. Now, hit the road!
Jordi Alcaraz Defying Boundaries | Jack Rutberg Fine Arts | thru Aug 31