R.B. Kitaj: Collages and Prints, 1964-1975

45 N Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Nov 06, 6 PM - 8 PM — ends Jan 18, 2020
Kitaj used fragmented figuration and repetition to tell stories and develop narratives in his work. A self-proclaimed bibliomaniac; prodigious reader and writer; inspired by art historians Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky and Fritz Saxl, Kitaj sought to investigate relationships between content and iconography, and image and word through layered compositions. The technique of collage offered the most immediate expression of this impulse, one in which he combined his own drawing with found images and text. In turn, the collages formed the basis of his prints. While Kitaj’s prints have been seen widely over the past five decades, this exhibition is the first time the artist’s collages are on public view. Both collages and prints span the 12-year period from 1964 to 1975. They include works Kitaj made immediately following his graduation from the Royal College of Art; while living in the United States, teaching at Berkeley (1967-68) and UCLA (1969-71), and afterwards when he returned to London.

Image caption: R.B. Kitaj, From the Lives of the Saints, 1975, collage on paper, 29 1/4 x 27 3/4 in. (74.3 x 70.5 cm). Courtesy of L.A. Louver.