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Fortitude and Forebearance

August 27 - September 28, 2001

Almost twenty years ago Jerome Witkin last exhibited paintings in the Midwest and now for the first time shows with Joel Sheesley. These narrative painters mark life’s way serving up to some of us markers for living and not just along the way of life. Witkin, painter brother to photographer Joel Peter Witkin, introduces us to cultural heroes Picasso, Jackie Kennedy, and Ingmar Bergman without their manufactured art world halos. We see their lives altered by events beyond their control and the lives of others whom they have forever changed as well. Sheesley’s characters in paint evidence no art world, rather humans pictured and picturing their hopes and frustrations without the thin glosses of cultural experts.


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