Max Finkelstein: 60 Year Retrospective
June 2 – August 25, 2013
The Fine Arts Council of the American Jewish University is honored to present a 60-year retrospective of the work of Los Angeles based sculptor Max Finkelstein. The exhibition will open on June 2 with a reception for the artist that will coincide with his 98th birthday. The exhibition will continue through August 25th.
Finkelstein's six decades of work, which is sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, uses industrial materials and found objects to create a unique body of work reflecting his broad interests and extensive travels. Finkelstein states, "I try to capture that one fleeting image of a memory, a thought, and fuse it into a lasting reality of sculpture". His curiosity about the way things work and look is a consistent element is all of his various series, each series overlapping and evolving into the next. Finkelstein is always concerned with the way his audience will respond to his work, "The viewer becomes the kinetic force activating the elements of color and dynamics in the composition of the work."
Finkelstein first received notice for his carvings in wood and welded sculptures reflecting biblical and mythological themes in the 1950's and early 1960's. His Aluminum Constructions gained him his first national attention in the late 1960's. With the Aluminum Constructions, the esthetics of precision became part of his art. His social concerns can be seen in his Bar Code and Bar Code Gun series of the 80's and 1990's, addressing consumerism and the issue of gun control. His most recent series of Geometric Portraits from 2008-2010 are master works that culminate much of his recurring iconography.
Finkelstein's artwork is in many prestigious collections including; the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., The Frederick Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, LACMA, and The Jewish Museum, NYC.
The exhibition is co-curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Curator for American Jewish University Platt &Borstein Galleries, and Victor Raphael, artist and former curator of American Jewish University Platt & Borstein Galleries (1994 – 2004).