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Joshua Weintraub, Car Bomb Kills 13

Cynthia Broan Gallery
546 West 29th Street, 212-760-0809
November 16 - December 23, 2006
Reception: Thursday, November 16, 6 - 9 PM
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Joshua Weintraub’s paintings are based on recent front-page photographs of urban landscapes that have been severely altered by conflict and disaster. His loose, rapid technique and his bold palette and brushwork reflect the immediacy of the events, yet distill them to the mere impressions of yesterday’s news, the memory of the viewer’s original effort to feel the impact of the devastation depicted. As Weintraub explains,

These paintings are an attempt to emotionally engage with a series of current events which have been shuffling by in rapid succession. One event replaced another so quickly it was difficult to absorb one before it was replaced by the next. The attempt to engage only withered as as I became acutely aware of how removed I am from these historic events. The attempt is tertiary: they are paintings of photos of events. These events are mediated to the point of irrelevance.

Also on view is Snake Goes Blind (2003), a three-minute video by artist Liam Everett. The video was shot at night in a city park in Bremen, Germany.
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