Samuel Rosenberg was a great Pittsburgh artist, who in spite of being widely shown here, still is under appreciated. This show at the Pittsburgh JCC looks into his other, perhaps greater legacy as a teacher and influence on hundreds of artists.
As a student at Pratt in NY, I was taught basic drawing and printmaking by Rosenberg student, George Nama.
My one gripe about this show, which includes so much great work, is that it still barely scratches the surface. This was a show for The Miller Gallery; The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts or even better The Warhol, since Andy also was a student. I mean--you need the whole Warhol.
“I could spend the rest of my curatorial career grouping these works together,” said Hiller, the AJM’s director. “I could do that for the next 30 years.”
The number of possible artists who could have been tapped for the exhibition is seemingly endless: “A Painter’s Legacy” taps only a fraction of Rosenberg’s students, whether they painted with him at the Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), the Irene Kaufmann Settlement in the Hill District or the Y in Oakland."
A few highlights of the show, which included lots of loans from museums, artists and artist estates included works by Abe Weiner, Jane Haskell, George Nama, Philip Pearlstein, Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Marie Kelly and Milton Weiss. A nice addition are informative labels and quotes from artists.
Again from The Jewish Chronicle,
Though Rosenberg was an active painter from 1915 to 1972 and taught countless students, there was no resulting “Rosenbergian school,” in terms of style, said Hiller. “That would’ve been antithetical to Rosenberg, or to any good professor who wants to teach students how to have confidence in their own style.”
A Painter’s Legacy: The Students of
Open through April 30
Opening reception, March 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Fine Perlow Weis Gallery and Berger Gallery
American Jewish Museum, Jewish
The Jewish Chronicle