Posted on Sep 24, 2004

Space Issue #1: Italy (1977) by Sigmund Abeles

The Burns Atrium Gallery presents a show
that brings together two acclaimed artists of the same generation who share an
approach to the human figure.

The Figure Drawn: Work on Paper
by Sigmund Abeles and Philip Grausman
runs from Thursday, Sept. 9, through
Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Atrium Gallery in the Arts
Building on the north side of

The exhibit is free and open to
the public. For more information, call 518-388-6131. Gallery hours are daily
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Abeles and Grausman will give a
gallery talk on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 2
to 3 p.m. Abeles will give a talk
accompanied by a slide show from 3:30
to 4 p.m. in Room 215 of the Arts
Building. A reception for the
artists will follow in the Atrium Gallery from 4:30
to 5:30 p.m.  

While both artists have a
generally representational perspective, they differ greatly in their
description of the human form. Abeles, known as a painter and printmaker,
presents his images with psychologically penetrating directness, employing bold
and incisive lines and marks that crackle with emotion. His many grants and
awards include those from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National
Institute of Arts & Letters, and the American Jewish Committee Academic
Seminar in Israel.

In contrast, Grausman, a master of
classically refined sculptures of people and animals, establishes linear
amalgams of sheer elegance in which the viewer meets subjects through somewhat
idealized geometry. His honors include a sculpture fellowship from the American
Academy in Rome,
the Ford Foundation Purchase Award, the Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and a
grant from the National Institute of Arts & Letters.

Despite their differences, each
artist creates forms with passion, conviction, and authority from years of
seeing, reflecting, and making art. 

The exhibition is made possible
through the support of Union College,
its Visual Arts Department, and the Walter C. Baker Fine Arts Endowment.