Exhibitions of the week: R B Kitaj: Obsessions, various venues
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 15 March 2013
How Jewish was the art of R B Kitaj, one of the leading lights of postwar British art, who became so upset by the critical mauling he got that he left the country for his native America?
Two galleries join forces to make the case for this nervy and at times wayward member of the group that refreshed figurative art in London after the war.
Featuring some powerful pictures (including If Not, Not, pictured above), London focuses on his self-proclaimed Jewishness; the other, in Chichester, on an overview of his career, including some affectionate portraits.
Jewish Museum, London NW1 (020 7284 7384) to 16 Jun; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (01243 774557) to 16 Jun
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