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Louis Finkelstein—Paintings 1971-1999


An exhibition of representational and abstract landscapes by long-time New York art educator and artist, Louis Finkelstein, will be on display at Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery from February 25 to March 26.

The exhibit includes 17 oil paintings that chronicle Finkelstein's interpretations of nature and use of color to represent the world around him. Louis Finkelstein will introduce the exhibit and discuss his work on February 25 at 4:15 p.m. in the gallery. An opening reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit offers a look at how a wealth of varied perspectives can influence an artist's work. Finkelstein's more than five decades of experiences as a teacher and art critic are visible in his landscapes. "For him, the teaching and the work feed each other. He's a brilliant and original thinker who has shown a great ability to analyze and appreciate art from many perspectives," says Hilarie Johnston, the exhibitions coordinator at Haverford's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Johnston describes his paintings as energetic and "steeped in an expansive knowledge of art history." She notes that prominent and historic artists, such as Cezanne, Matisse and DeKooning among others, continue to influence Finkelstein's work. Finkelstein also relies heavily on color in his works, using bright, vivid oils to establish abstract and representational shapes and create a three-dimensional aspect to his landscapes. Although a landscape artist for his entire career, Finkelstein, in the 1970s, altered the way he approaches his work. Prior to that time, he generated ideas and subjects in his head and painted from memory. However, while living and painting in Aix-en-Provence in 1971, he began painting directly from nature and experienced one of the most productive years of his artistic career. He came to the realization that he could create and sustain an entire body of work taken directly from nature. This exhibit highlights his nearly three decades of work since that realization. Finkelstein has taught landscape painting, drawing, topography and art history at Brooklyn Museum Art School, Philadelphia College of Art, School of Art and Architecture, Queens College and Yale University. In 1979, he earned the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching Art Award. For the past few decades, he has served as a visiting artist and critic at Brandeis University, Hobart and William Smith College, Vermont Studio Center and Dartmouth College. A New York native currently living in Stillwater, New Jersey, Finkelstein studied painting at Cooper Union, The Art Students' League and Brooklyn Museum Art School. Besides his work as an educator and painter, he also has written art critiques for Magazine of Art, Art News and Art Forum. His landscapes have appeared in solo and group exhibitions at numerous venues, included Ingber Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Hirschl Adler Gallery, Cooper Union and Dartmouth College.

Originally posted at: http://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/28691/11