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August 7, 2012

Hans Burkhardt
Abstraction, 1936
Oil on Canvas
40 3/4 x 34 1/4 inches


Hans Burkhardt
Rendezvous, 1937-38
Oil on Canvas
31 1/2 x 41 1/2 inches
A Tribute Honoring:

Hans Burkhardt &
The San Diego Museum of Art

An exclusive tribute honoring the San Diego Museum of Art was presented by The University Club, the prestigious private cultural and business organization in San Diego. An invitation only reception with an exhibition of important early paintings by Hans Burkhardt was attended by Club members and distinguished VIPs, including past and present curators and directors of five museums, distinguished art historians, and collectors.

Exhibited were important early works where Burkhardt distills cubist and surrealist sensibilities to new expressionist realms.

Hans Burkhardt’s formidable history with San Diego is most dramatically illustrated when in 1968, the San Diego Museum of Art held one of the most provocative exhibitions in museum history with a solo show of Burkhardt’s paintings created in response to the Viet Nam War. Included were the artist’s now-famous skull paintings which broke all conceptual boundaries in modern art. The extreme polarization caused by the war was mitigated by Burkhardt’s paintings, as military soldiers and war protestors alike attended the exhibition. Two years previously the San Diego Art Institute presented a critically celebrated Burkhardt forty year retrospective

Born in Basel, Switzerland Hans Burkhardt (1904-1994) arrived in N.Y. in 1924, where he was closely associated with Arshile Gorky – one of the most pivotal artists in American 20th century art.  Burkhardt moved to Los Angeles in 1937, representing the most significant artistic bridge with what became known as the New York School of Abstract Expressionism.  His work is prominently represented in the collection of the San Diego Museum of Art.

This exhibition extends through October 18

NOTE: This exhibition is open only to University Club members and invited guests of the San Diego Museum of Art - For more information contact Jack Rutberg Fine Arts


Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Taubman Museum of Art

Upcoming Museum Exhibition
Includes Hans Burkhardt:

October 20 – January 13, 2013
“50 Great Americans”
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606

Travels to:
February 15 – June 2, 2013
Taubman Museum of Art

110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

Hans Burkhardt's important Abstract Expressionist painting of the 1950s will be included in this touring museum exhibition. Quoting the exhibition curator, Michael Preble, "…the list of artist’s selected for 50 Great Americans reads like a 'Who’s Who' in American art history.  Lenders to the exhibition include important museums, such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Taubman Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, among others."
We are delighted to note that Jerome Witkin is also included in this exhibition.






Currently on View in Our Gallery:

“Claire Falkenstein:
An Expansive Universe"

at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

KCRW Radio Broadcast & Reviews
Claire Falkenstein Exhibition

Listen to Hunter Drohojowska-Philp & Lisa Napoli click here
Read the review click here

Claire Falkenstein: The Major New Publication
This is the first major publication detailing the entire artistic career of Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997). One of America's most innovative mid-twentieth century artists, who worked in San Francisco, Paris, New York, and then in Los Angeles for the last three decades of her life. Falkenstein's relentless exploration of media and materials, her intellectual rigor, peripatetic movement from one art center to another, and disregard for the commodification of art made her an elusive figure in the burgeoning post-World War II art world.

Preface by Philip Linhares
Essays by Susan M. Anderson, Michael Duncan and
Maren Henderson

200 Pages, $65 Hardcover
To purchase or for more information contact
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts



American University Museum



Ending this Sunday - August 12, 2012
Washington D.C.

“Patrick Graham: Thirty Years - The Silence Becomes the Painting”
American University Museum
Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington D.C., 20016

Following its record breaking attendance at San Francisco's non-profit venue, Meridian Gallery, this Graham exhibition, curated by Peter Selz, is now on view in Washington D.C. at the American University Museum.  

The American University Museum presented a panel discussion with speakers, critic Kenneth Baker, Jack Rutberg and Peter Selz.  (a video of that talk is currently in production)

Travels to:
September 23 - December 16, 2012
Saint Louis University
The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)


Exhibition Catalogue:

A 98 page, 38 full color image, monograph produced with the "Patrick Graham: 30 Years - The Silence Becomes the Painting" exhibition.

Essays by Anne Trueblood Brodzky, Patrick Graham, Peter Selz, John Handley, Jarrett Earnest  $35.00
To purchase or for more information contact
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

357 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Tel 323-938-5222
www.jackrutbergfinearts.com | jrutberg@jackrutbergfinearts.com

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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