Event: RB Kitaj: Obsessions
Location: Jewish Museum, NW1 (& British Museum, WC1)
RB Kitaj: Obsessions is an exhibition (split between two venues) on the American post-war painter, being held at the Jewish Museum in London (21 Feb-16 Jun) and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester (23 Feb-16 Jun).
It is the first retrospective on the Kitaj in Britain since the artist’s suicide in 2007 and a controversial exhibition at the Tate in 1994, which he described as the “Tate war” and blamed the damning reviews as the cause of his wife’s death. Kitaj had lived in London from the 1950s until his abrupt return to the US in the 1990s.
This new exhibition at the Jewish Museum, subtitled ‘The Art of Identity’, features around 20 works in which Kitaj explores his Jewish identity. Pallant House Gallery (around a two hour drive from central London) has a larger exhibition.
There is also an exhibition of around 50 Kitaj prints at the British Museum (30 May-1 Sep), about 300 of which were left to the museum by the artist.
RB Kitaj: Obsessions is on at the Jewish Museum until 16 Jun 2013, open 10am-5pm Sun-Thurs, 10am-2pm Fri (closed Sat) & from 10am-9pm on the 1st Thurs of every month. NB. The Jewish Museum is closed during Jewish festivals, check website if visiting between 25 Mar-2 Apr.
Kitaj Prints is on in Room 90 of the British Museum from 30 May-1 Sep 2013, open daily 10am-5.30pm.