Mayo Distinguished Artist Jake Berthot: Drawing and Painting, Visual Prose, Poetry – Presence, Gaze

Thursday, November 01, 2012, 05:00 PM to Thursday, December 13, 05:00 PM

Opening Reception, November 1, 5 to 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Berthot The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce the exhibition, “Jake Berthot, Drawing and Painting, Visual Prose, Poetry – Presence, Gaze.”  The Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist Endowment Fund sponsors this unique show.  The show will be held in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery in Phillips Hall on the University of Tulsa campus.  The show will open Thursday, November 1 and will close Thursday, December 13.

The exhibition will include several paintings from the past and present and a number of works on paper.  The exhibition will provide the opportunity to see the connection between Berthot’s earlier abstract paintings and his more recent landscape paintings.  We will also be able to see a variety of works on paper including landscape drawings and works from several series including - Artist and Model, Angel and Putti, and Poetry and Visual Prose.  Many of the works on paper were on view at the Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York this summer.  According to Berthot these drawings are not preparatory for paintings, as is true of his recent, well-known landscape drawings.  They stand alone as his own personal visual vocabulary.

Jake Berthot was born in Niagara Falls, NY in 1939.  He attended the New School of Social Research and Pratt Institute in the 1960’s and has been exhibiting in New York since the 1970’s.  The artist has held teaching positions at Cooper Union, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and currently is teaching at the School of Visual Arts.  He has received a number of awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1982 and an Academy Institute Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992. Berthot’s work can be seen in a host of notable museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all in New York City.  Nationally, his work can be found in the collections of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, the Museum of Art, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and numerous others.  The artist currently lives and works in upstate New York.


Mary Whitney