Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

Here's a photo  showing the fallen tree that appears in the painting.

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.

Very lively.

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.