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Judy Glantzman


Betty Cuningham Gallery
541 West 25th Street, 212 242 2772
April 20 - May 26, 2006
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 PM
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Glantzman’s current paintings, as described by Susan Harris, are “intense, frenetic and visionary portrayals of her/our world.” Glantzman creates vividly highlighted canvases of faces, hands, and feet captured in individual moments of emotional expression or action. The imagery, built up in thick layers of oil paint through a process of addition and subtraction, elicits the emotional response of Bosch and Picabia. “A cacophony of voices desired to be heard, these paintings can be seen as the inside of my head made visible,” Glantzman explains in her artist’s statement. She continues later, “The paintings are worked over a long period of time. The repetition and repainting allows me freedom to form each figure without judgment – I choose to reveal myself but what is revealed can be scary. I try to be unafraid of my work.”

Glantzman’s interest in psychology, physiognomy, and the multiplicity of personality is further revealed in the small sculptures on show in the gallery. Made of the polymer based child’s play clay, Super Sculpey, these figures, which are exercises in movement and emotion, laugh, smile, cry, and frown; some have multiple heads and amputated limbs. The sculptures, like the paintings, reveal every emotion.

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