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R. B. Kitaj: From Tipperary to Westwood

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited. For inquiries about accessibility, please contact Leeanne Maxey at lmaxey@nyss.org.

R. B. Kitaj, Women and Men 1991-93, oil on canvas, 60 3:4 x 60 3:8 in, Marlborough Fine Art London

London-based American artist Michael Ajerman studied at Corcoran School of Art, NYSS, Yale Summer School, and Slade School of Art. He received the Royal Academy’s British Institute Award; has had solo exhibitions in the USA, UK, Italy, and Israel; and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China and Courtauld Galleries and Ben Uri Gallery in London.

This lecture presents a visual conversation of ideas, proposing that R. B. Kitaj and Walter Sickert strangely echo each other through personality and artistic merit. Contemplating their working methods, pictorial imagery, and opinions, Michael Ajerman ruminates on the idea of influence and reference through each artist’s writings, paintings, and critical response, creating a web of shared and contrasting forms, ideas, and sensations to ask if Sickert was a looming shadow in Kitaj’s atelier and mind.

Walter Sickert, Ennui, 1914, oil on canvas, 60 x 44 1:4 in, Tate Gallery

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