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Epsten Gallery Presents: Looking At After – Four Contemporary Artists Reflect On Legacy

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The Epsten Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition, Looking At After: Four Contemporary Artists Reflect on Legacy, featuring Tanya Hartman, Cima Katz, Misha Kligman and Benjamin Rosenthal. A public opening reception will be held April 6 from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through May 18.

Four artists, ranging in age from 29 – 64, invoke their Jewish heritage as they look back to the Holocaust as a seminal fact of their artistic identity. Through their art, they convey personal histories and perspectives reflecting upon history, language, society, and individual and collective loss.

Benjamin Rosenthal, Field Station #1
2013, Video still (Courtesy the artist)

Utilizing a range of media including painting, poetry, collage, printmaking, video and sound, their contemplative works coalesce to create a chorus of expressions attesting to the communicative, life-affirming power of creativity in the face of anguish and adversity. Through indirect, metaphorical narratives, these works prompt thoughts, conversations and questions regarding the way in which different generations consider the Holocaust, and how this pivotal period of history is conveyed and absorbed today.

A Creative Spark – The Art of Anna Ilona Gondos

In conjunction with Looking At After is A Creative Spark: The Art of Anna Ilona Gondos. Mrs. Gondos (1910 – 1985), her husband, Dr. Bela Gondos (1903 – 2003), and their only daughter, Dr. Judy Gondos Jacobs, survived the Holocaust after leaving their home in Budapest, Hungary onJune 30, 1944. They were together at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany from July – December of 1944, where Mrs. Gondos engaged in art making with children in the camp with the only materials available: sticks and dirt. With these materials, she was able to spark the creative imaginations of these children and give them hope. The family came to America in 1946, and many years later, Mrs. Gondos reconnected with her artistic practice, creating paintings in oils and pastels, a selection of which will be featured in this exhibition.