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Edith Isaac-Rose


Phyllis Kind Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of Edith Isaac-Rose, Cronies, paintings and works on paper opening March 27th.

The painter Edith Isaac-Rose graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1951 and moved to New York in 1959. Since 1980 as co-director of the art workshop in Assisi, Italy she spends 3 months every year in Italy. A mix of the past and the present, classical tradition and popular culture are reflected in her work. This survey of paintings and works on paper are from 1990–2004.

Since 1987 her work has dealt with information and images from the daily newspaper. Daily Rage came along with the morning news. Over the years her work developed various themes: Our bodies are more alike than different, suits, the old men send the young, animal men and The Last Supper.

— The Cronies, 1990 —

oil on canvas
83 X 50 ½ inches

Says Edith Isaac-Rose "For a very long time, I've been aware of images that are almost the same the world over: men in suits, (whether allies, competitors or political enemies), dress and gesture in similar ways — they carry brief-cases, shake hands, wave and salute, acting out their parts in the theater of power. These leaders often violate the earth and the people who live on it. These paintings address that violation."

"I'm a first generation Jewish American. My mother's parents and most of her family never left Hungary. From when I was 9 during the war and through the 1950's, it was my job as the one who spoke and read English, to fill out the forms to substantiate the fate of our family following the Holocaust. I could not imagine a world without justice or that power would not make sense but it would be believed. Over the years, slowly and reluctantly, I have learned to express the inexorable fears that now underline my work."


— Old Men Send the Young, 1991 —

oil on canvas
77 X 54 inches
— See Ya There, 1995 —

oil on canvas
77 X 49 inches
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