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Pittsburgh, Jan. 10, 2008 — The Cantellops Art Gallery at La Roche College will feature the first-ever exhibition of American artist George Brodsky (1901-1999) from Jan. 14-31. “Beyond Abstract Art – Reflections of Life on Shell, Rock, Bark and Flat Surfaces: The Amazing World of George Brodsky” will be open to the public for viewing daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special reception celebrating the show will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Ryan Room on the La Roche campus. The public is invited.

Brodsky was a minor but innovative figure on the U.S. artistic scene. Swept up in vibrant artistic currents in the 1920s, his work was profoundly impacted by the Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, shifted to landscapes in the 1940s, and then ceased – until an incredible welling-up of creativity in his later years, flowing onto surfaces provided by sea shells, rocks, tree bark, and magazine pages. Brodsky’s art was influenced by a number of other artists with whom he was associated, including: John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Boardman Robinson, Alexander Calder, Raphael Soyer, Moses Soyer, William Gropper, and Ben Shahn, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueros.

In 1977, commenting on the distinctive turn that his art had taken, Brodsky wrote: “Continuing to work on flat surfaces, I was irresistibly drawn to painting and drawing on sea shells picked along the Atlantic shore not far from my home [in Forest Hills, New York]. Then in the quarries and rivers of Vermont, I found rocks and stones to paint and draw on. More recently, I have added bark as a surface to paint on.”

Brodsky was the great uncle of La Roche College professor and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Paul Le Blanc, Ph.D., who organized the exhibit with Lauren Lampe, M.F.A., professor in the college’s Graphic & Communications Design program and director of the Cantellops Gallery. The works are available, en masse, to travel to other exhibition sites. To that end, Le Blanc said he hopes to find an art devotee who may want to house the works in the future and guarantee their availability to the public.

“I am one of George’s last living relatives, and I think it would be wonderful to have the exhibit housed by someone or some organization that will be able to hold it for generations to come,” he said.

For more information on the exhibit, interested people may contact Le Blanc at Directions to La Roche’s Cantellops Gallery are available by clicking here.

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