Date(s) - 08/15/2022 - 10/31/2022
R. Michelson Galleries
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August 15, 2022 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Leonard Baskin’s birth; a century rife with political strife and violent conflict. Much of Baskin’s work was overtly political. He constantly gravitated towards the marginalized; always illuminating the plight of the persecuted and exposing the tyrant, though aware of how easily the oppressed could become the oppressor.
The forging of works of art is one of man’s remaining semblances to divinity. Man has been incapable of love, wanting in charity, and despairing of hope. He has not molded a life of abundance and peace and he has charred the earth and befouled the heavens more wantonly than ever before. He has made of Arden a landscape of death. In this garden I dwell, and in limning the horror, the degradation and the filth, I hold the cracked mirror up to man. All previous art makes this course inevitable.