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Victoria Gitman

2011 South Florida Cultural Consortium recipient

 

 Portfolio

The series “On Display” is comprised of vintage beaded purses that feature abstract geometric patterns and designs.  The works play with the distinctions between art and design and sartorial and artistic style-pointing to “style as a social site.”  They also draw on the analogies between purses and paintings as objects-the-participation of both in systems of materials and aesthetic values; their relationshiop to beauty and desire; the identification of purses with female anatomy and conception of paintings as feminine surfaces to be penetrated by the male gaze.  The works pose purse as image and image as purse. 

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 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"On Display" (1)

 

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"On Display" (1 -detail)

 

Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner 
"On Display" (2)

 

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"On Display" (3)

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"On Display" (4)

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
Untitled (diptych)

 

The series “The Beauties” is a collection of small oil paintings on panel, each depicting a portrait drawing of a woman by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. These paintings index beauty and femininity in the Western canon, but in taking drawings as their subjects they subtly shift the focus to the facture of beauty.  By representing drawing, in which the material reality of support and mark remain in the foreground, the subject becomes the material construction of artifice itself. 

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"A Beauty" (1)

 

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
"A Beauty" (2)

 

Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner 
"A Beauty" (3)

 

 Artwork by Victoria Gitman, 2011 SFCC winner
Untitled triptych
(Beauty Series)

 

 

 

 Biography

Victoria Gitman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1972. She came to the United States in 1987 and has lived in South Florida since 1988. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida International University in 1996, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a Minor in Art History. She also attended the Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Her paintings and drawings has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Las Vegas Art Museum; David Nolan Gallery, New York; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles; Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo; and others. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; and the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.

Ms. Gitman’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Detroit Institute of Arts; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and other public and private collections.