Kitchen Dreams. Works in Glass by Ricky Bernstein

Lowe Art Museum. From Oct 10th, 2009 through Jan 24th, 2010.

Considered a social satirist and visual storyteller, studio glass artist Ricky Bernstein draws the viewer into his larger-than-life cartoon dramas – a true slice of Americana.

On exhibit at the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts at the Lowe Art Museum on the  University of Miami campus in Miami, will be “Kitchen Dreams”, an exhibit comprised of pieces that remark, with tongue firmly in cheek, about overworked, overbooked, and overwhelmed Americans. Each piece has a story to tell.

Bernstein’s works of painted glass and aluminum, oil and acrylic paints, color pencil, and mixed media objects have been inspired by the wild activity at home with his wife and 2 young daughters. The work of Red Grooms, Jack Levine and Gary Larson also have a profound affect on Ricky’s work, along with the sit-com world of 50’s television a time in which he was raised. Ricky also draws influence from such painters as Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh and Paul Cadmus.

His current work is often described as energetic representational painting, using a mélange of materials to compose narrative, collage-style wall reliefs with a distinct “pop-art” flavor. 

Bruce Pepich, 20th century Curator of the Racine Art Museum says of Ricky Bernstein: “He makes us comfortable with amusing characters while simultaneously posing serious questions in these satirical comments on modern life. Whether parody, narrative or farce, the issues Bernstein poses are well worth our serious consideration.” 

Bernstein’s work is widely collected throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Corning Museum of Glass in NY, the Museum of Arts and Design, in NYC, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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