Open Book: Michael Gitlin

Open Book: Michael Gitlin


This Open Book exhibition of Gitlin’s sketchbooks is an annex project to the exhibition Michael Gitlin; Copper Works. This selection of sketchbooks contain drawings by the artist, which can be seen as another way for him to explore shapes and space on a two-dimensional surface. Gitlin’s drawings are explored here as an amalgam of shapes, lines and color, enhancing their implicit volume. These drawings become objects that, while they subtly limn the lines and shapes he creates in his sculptures, they chart an evocative parallel path.


About the artist:

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Michael Gitlin studied English literature and art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and, simultaneously, sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.  Gitlin moved to New York City in 1970 and received an MFA from Pratt Institute (1972).The artist  began his career working three-dimensionally, first with paper, and later with wood, using paper as a medium rather than an underpinning.  His sculptures are mostly wall pieces, which depend on architecture for their physical and contextual support. In recent years, Gitlin has also worked with  copper wire, foam, and black spandex. The artist received a Solomon R Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987.

His works are in the permanent collections of MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Hirshhorn, Detroit Institute of Art,  Carnegie Mellon Museum, The Lenbachhaus, Munich, Ludwig Museum Cologne, Stedelijk Museum,  Amsterdam, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ,and  The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among others.


On view through Mar 31, 2024

at Mana Contemporary 3rd fl. 888 Newark Ave. Jersey City NJ 07306

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