For the past fifteen years, Los Angeles based artist Jean Edelstein has been documenting her visits to botanical gardens, natural areas, music and dance performances in Chinese accordion books. In a pair of exhibitions curated by David S. Rubin, Bihl Haus Arts and the Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World are pleased to present these intimate impressions with Jean Edelstein: In Tune with Music & Nature, celebrating the 92-year-old artist’s ongoing engagement with these subjects and her dynamic studio practice.
Bihl Haus Arts will host an opening reception of the nature-themed works on Saturday, April 6, 5:30-8pm with a Gallery Talk at 5pm by Independent Curator, David S. Rubin. Featuring the music and dance themed works, the Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World opens the second exhibition with a reception on Sunday, April 7, 2-5pm, with a Gallery Talk by Rubin at 3pm. Both exhibitions will remain on view through May 18, 2019. The opening receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
Though intimate and personal in scale, Edelstein’s accordion books draw on a series of larger-scale, collaborative painting performances Edelstein began in the 1980s, working on stage with dancers and ensembles to document choreographed performances, typically on wall-sized sheets of paper. Now 92, Edelstein is no longer able to endure the physical demands of making mural size paintings before an audience. On a smaller, portable scale, the expansive format of the books is ideal for capturing the successive movements and various temperaments of music and dance. Similarly, they allow her to make on-site impressions of various landscapes and natural settings, which she can fill in and elaborate in the studio. Whether engaging intimately with nature or joining with others as they bond as a community through dance and music, Edelstein has succeeded in adapting an age-old format to create a unique art practice that reaffirms her ongoing belief in the spiritual unity of all humankind.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in New York City in 1927, Jean Edelstein is a painter and performance artist who has been exhibiting her art since 1968. She has had more than twenty solo exhibitions and her work has been featured in more than 75 group exhibitions. Early in her career Edelstein worked as a fashion illustrator and, at the age of eighteen, her illustrations were published in Vogue magazine. She has been the recipient of a NEA/MAAF Fellowship and five National Watercolor Society Awards. Edelstein studied at Pratt Institute of the Arts, the Art Students League, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her art is included in the collections of the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany; the Revoltella Museum, Trieste, Italy; and numerous corporate and private collections. She lives and works in Venice, California. https://www.jeanedelstein.com