Lyric Line: Works on Paper by Walter Kravitz
January 6th, 2020 – March 6th, 2020
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2-4PM
Art does not reflect what is seen, rather it makes the hidden visible – Paul Klee
Walter Kravitz has been living and working in his Washington, DC studio for more than 30 years. He transitions between creating drawings and paintings to room sized installations and public commissions. In addition to his large scale works, he continues to develop drawings and paintings on birch plywood, paper and polycarbonate. His new forum gallery exhibit, Lyric Line is an exhibit of sixteen of Walter’s recent works on paper. They are a showcase for his passion for drawing and his interest in movement and dancing forms.
Kravitz’s studio works have been exhibited at OK Harris, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and galleries across the country. The first thing Kravitz considers when beginning apiece is the color, shape, and the canvas as a whole. The human figure and its movement fascinate him. On a personal and professional level, he often sketches dancers, the ultimate form in motion. His interest in movement is reflected in his work. Many of his installations are mobile, or at least have moving components. His large 2-D works are dynamic and energetic, composed with bright colors and vivid, urgent line work. As they interact with each other, the figures in his pieces extend a sense of dynamism.
Kravitz received a BFA in painting from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Syracuse University, in New York. After school, Kravitz moved to Washington, DC where he teaches painting and has continued to build his career as an artist in his studio on Capitol Hill. He has received many grants from foundations in the Washington, DC area and obtained public commissions around the country. One of his newest pieces can be seen at the new Nationals Park baseball stadium in southeast Washington. He has taught at Syracuse University, the Philadelphia College of Art and most recently at George Mason University.
Public collections include: the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
You can follow Walter’s work online on Facebook at @ewalterkravitz