Exhibit: Livshultz Family
Is this the fourth or fifth iteration of the Livshultz family show?
Whatever --- it's always fascinating.
Above Misha demonstrates that he would have qualified for a job in the Pharoah's workshops - back before Moses led his people into the wilderness of iconoclasm.
So strong, peaceful, and timeless.
Here's a piece by his father, Chaim.
Minimal but succinct depictions of human form and character.
Here is this year's magnus opus. As I recall, Chaim spent several decades working on this piece. Misha says that it is finished -- but I think that the whole is still less than the sum of its parts.
Organizing a life size, multi-figure, realist figure painting has got to be the greatest challenge in the visual arts. (which is why I found the current show at the MCA by Kerry James Marshall so extraordinary)
Here are studies for two of the figures.
It also shows the Livshitz family.
Misha is the one saluting the camera.
Some very strong portrait busts - better than almost all the contemporary busts found in public settings.
I'm not sure -- but I think this was done by Misha before he left Minsk.
The landscape feels so intensely Russian.
Here is the series of one-day paintings that Misha did while looking out the window of the Palette and Chisel's dining room.
I like them more than some of the longer and larger studies that he did of the same subject.
As our Hindu/Russian member, Raul, has pointed out -- South Asian figure sculpture may also feature figurative reliefs on the furniture.