Jerome Witkin: Art, Talent & the Aesthetic Eye of the Social Critic by Marc A. Cirigliano
One of my favorite and most admired artists is Jerome Witkin, painter, draftsman and printmaker.
Witkin has a technical mastery in oil, with pen and charcoal, and with the print. He is bold, addressing significant social issues and long-term historical traumas, such as the Holocaust, violations of human rights, torture and AIDS.
With a gold-plated artistic education, Witkin more than fulfilled the promise of an art study that included The High School of Music & Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Cooper Union, Berlin Academy and University of Pennsylvania. He also recieved a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been a professor of art at Syracuse University since 1971.
As Grace Gulek observes, "A virtuoso figurative painter whose work mixes elements of the old masters, social realism and Abstract Expressionism, Jerome Witkin refers to himself as a 'cornball humanist.' He doesn't shy from weighty moral and social issues."
It is no surprise, then, that he has had over 100 exhibitions or that he is in the permanent collections of the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Uffizi Galley, the crown jewel of global museums.
Vincent and His Demons II, 2012
Oil on Canvas
Vincent van Gogh and Death, 1987
Work on paper, Charcoal and Mixed Media Drawing
The German Girl, 1997
Oil on canvas
The Two of Us, Bergen-Belsen, 1945 Israel, 1951
Diptych, oil on canvas
The Presentation of Jimmy's White Suit, 1987
Charcoal on paper
For further explortion of Jerome Witkin's work, the following websites are enlightening: