(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — Monmouth University Center for the Arts announced the launch of its fall 2022 season with Miriam Beerman: 1923–2022 NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The show runs September 6 through December 11 in the Rechnitz Hall DiMattio Gallery at the Monmouth University Center for the Arts.
The exhibition presents Bierman (1923–2022) as one of the most provocative artists of the 20th century, whose humanistic expressionist works highlight her talent as a colorist. A pioneer as one of the first female artists to be given a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bierman is part of the canon of 20th-century women artists who were almost lost to obscurity because of their gender in a male-dominated art world .
Influenced by the social injustice seen around her, Bierman shines a spotlight on the horror and pathos of man’s inhumanity to man. The themes prove to be timeless, resonating as much today as when they were created in the 20th century. Her life and art were explored in the 2015 documentary Miriam Bierman: Expressing Chaos.
Nearly 20 of Birman’s large-scale canvases will be presented. The show is guest-curated by gallerist James Jarosz and builds on the recent exhibition Miriam Bierman – RE-DISCOVERY, shown at James Jarosz & Associates Gallery in Holmdel, NJ, which opened in the spring of 2022. The exhibition, Miriam Bierman, 1923-2022 .NOTHING HAS CHANGED marks the second visiting curatorial role at the university for Yarosh, who curated Sheba Sharrow: Balancing Act in 2017. A companion exhibition of Beerman’s works on paper and collages is on view concurrently at the James Yarosh & Associates Gallery.
“Living with the paintings of Miriam Bierman in the gallery with the current exhibition REDISCOVERY, one cannot help but be both moved and moved by the presence of the colossal works, heavy with paint, loaded with theme. When you see these humanistic expressionist pieces existing silently, holding the weight of the world, you begin to understand the gallery’s representation,” says Jarosz, a gallerist who has been fueled by curatorial activism in recent years. “While describing Miriam’s art with clients, it occurred to me that these words also describe the role of 20th century women artists, whose voices were more stifled in favor of male artists – and the roles of women in a patriarchal society.
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“If our art history is dominated by men and the artists before us are our teachers, we only get half the lessons we need to learn,” he continues. “We have an opportunity to do better. This presentation with Monmouth University allows the conversation to continue and include a younger generation.”
“NOTHING HAS CHANGED” picks up the dialogue from the exhibition Sheba Sharrow: Balancing Act in 2017. Although their art is different, the mission is similar: A woman artist who confronts social injustices in her art as a call to action to provoke change,” says Scott Knauer, director of galleries and collections, Department of Art and Design, Monmouth University. “Much of the subject matter that Miriam Bierman delved into is still so relevant and threatened today: political, social, religious rights, women’s rights, and threats against minorities.”
MIRIAM BIRMAN, Nothing Has Changed, 1999, 69 in. x 67 in., oil on canvas
The title piece of the show, Beerman’s 2009 canvas Nothing has changed (shown above) is described by Jarosz as “a later work, a portrait of a monumental female face, her eyes closed in resignation to her role. She disappears behind the facade of cheery yellow and pink, and yet her hopes are painted on the right – an abstract dream vision of her imaginary joy, to escape, color outside the lines, and create her own ideas of “happily ever after.” ‘ The archetypal portrait is of Biermann Mona Lisaexcept here, the smile is upside down.’
Gallerist Mitchell Algus and artist Heather L. Barone (Beerman’s mentee and longtime assistant) and Corey Zenko and Teresa Grupico at Monmouth University’s Department of Art and Design contribute to the catalog. A smartphone tour with a potential online discussion with artist, author and former Asbury Park Press art columnist Tova Navara is also planned. Other planned events include a series of salon evenings, a Q&A evening with the director of Expressing the Chaos and a show to close the event. For details on upcoming events, visit the What’s New page at James Yarosh Associates Fine Art and Design Gallery website.
There will be an opening reception on September 22nd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
MIRIAM BIRMAN, Shower II, 1999, 68 in. x 60 in., oil on canvas, mixed media
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Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Gallery in Holmdel, New Jersey, was founded and remains loyal to its vision: to present fine art for art’s sake and to curate gallery collections and carefully present art and interior design specifications with an artist’s eye and understanding. Jarosz, an artist and well-published interior designer, offers a full-scale gallery and design center where clients can connect with like-minded people just an hour outside of Manhattan.
Jarosch champions what greatness looks like in the arts, showcasing in his destination gallery the works of both emerging and established, museum-recognized artists of merit in a space designed to replicate the intimacy of the artist’s home. Ongoing exhibitions such as Miriam Beerman – REDICCOVER (2022), The Humanist Show (2021), Sheba Sharrow: History Repeats (2020) and the New York Art Fair Art on Paper (2021) help promote the idea of art as intellectual engagements, that stand above decoration in the design hierarchy, adding exponentially to the experience of living with art.