For Immediate Release: September 25, 2007
Contact: Marsha Nishi Mullan
List Gallery, Swarthmore, to Feature
'John Dubrow: City Scenes and Portraits, 2000-2007'
The List Gallery, Swarthmore College, will feature an exhibit of "City Scenes and Portraits, 2000-2007" by John Dubrow, the 2007 Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Swarthmore College, from Thursday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Dubrow will give a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. A reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the List Gallery. These events and an accompanying 16-page color catalog are funded by the Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist Fund, the William J. Cooper Foundation, and the Swarthmore College Department of Art and are free and open to the public.
Celebrated by Hilton Kramer and other critics as one of the leading figurative artists revitalizing the contemporary painting scene, John Dubrow distills lessons from tradition while offering a distinct contemporary perspective. He has won national acclaim for his large-scale oils, which evoke the complex structures, spaces and figures of the city. Ranging from delicate strokes to massive blocks of color, his virtuoso application of paint and expressive use of proportion unify his ambitious compositions. From his aerial vistas to eye-level street scenes and portraits, Dubrow is engaged with more than a conversation with the past or a record of the present. His works celebrate the fundamental and expressive elements of painting as much as they reflect the contemporary world. Curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery director, this exhibition will also include a selection of his portraits of artists, cultural leaders, and patrons.
Dubrow received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. His numerous exhibitions include six one-person shows at Salander O'Reilly Gallery, New York, and three at Forum Gallery, New York. He was selected to participate in the Port Authority World Views Project, which enabled him to paint vistas of Manhattan from the World Trade Center. His work has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.; Harvard University; and the National Academy of Design, N.Y. Winner of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Dubrow is a member of the National Academy of Design, which has awarded him its Carnegie and Truman Prizes.