In conjunction with the opening of Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye, the artist will discuss her work with PAMM Curator René Morales.
Desiring Eye brings together 19 paintings representing nearly 15 years of labor by South Florida-based artist, Victoria Gitman. Gitman creates astonishingly naturalistic images that abound with both sensuality and conceptual sophistication. The exhibition surveys four major phases in the artist's production, including paintings of vintage jewelry, beaded purses and fur purses rendered in true scale. In Gitman's hands, these inexpensive objects are transmuted into things of beauty, exuding luxury and refinement while subtly engaging critical issues in the practice of contemporary painting. The exhibition also includes Gitman's stunning "Beauties" series—a set of diminutive oil paintings on panel that reproduce graphite drawings on paper by the great French neoclassical painter and draughtsman, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780—1867). The series provides a disarming counterpoint to Gitman's still life paintings while underscoring the tensions that animate her work in which decadence vies with restraint, humility with ostentation, tradition with contemporaneity and cold precision with seduction and beauty.
About the artist
Victoria Gitman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1972. She moved to the United States with her family in 1987, while still a young teenager. She was a fellow at the Yale University Norfolk Summer Program in 1994, and she received a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Humanities (summa cum laude) from Florida International University in 1996. She lives and works in Miami.
Solo exhibitions of her paintings and drawings have been held at Garth Greenan Gallery and David Nolan Gallery, New York; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Las Vegas Art Museum; and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; among others. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, ArtNews, ArtNexus, ArtReview, and many other publications.
Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Herbert H. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and other public and private collections.