A Lifelong Pursuit: Margo Newmark Rosenbaum Shares Vibrant Moments in Work and Pictures

Mainstays of the Athens music and artwork scenes, Margo Newmark Rosenbaum and her husband Artwork Rosenbaum have additionally been instrumental in documenting, preserving and celebrating American conventional music for the higher a part of half a century. Their shared pursuits have pushed them to journey throughout the nation in a quest to doc ballads, blues, spirituals and fiddle tunes which will have in any other case been misplaced to historical past. At present on view on the Lyndon Home Arts Heart, Margo’s new solo exhibition dedicates two separate gallery areas to distinct our bodies of labor in portray and pictures that discover her unbiased observe and different topics extra deeply.

Born in Los Angeles in 1939, Rosenbaum earned her bachelor of fantastic arts diploma in portray on the San Francisco Artwork Institute, the place she studied with Bay Space Figurative Motion artists Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bishoff. She later grew to become serious about pictures whereas pursuing a MFA from the College of Iowa. Grounded by the motion’s method of abandoning Summary Expressionism in favor of reintroducing extra recognizable parts, her work middle human, animal and typically even mythological topics inside home areas. Background settings are lowered largely to vibrant shade blocks that distinguish architectural parts like flooring, partitions, home windows and doorways from each other. Although created over the course of a number of a long time, the exhibition’s work are remarkably cohesive by means of a constant use of an intense, saturated shade palette and a unfastened narrative high quality.

A Lifelong Pursuit: Margo Newmark Rosenbaum Shares Vibrant Moments in Work and Pictures
Margo Newmark Rosenbaum

“Most of my work are based mostly on my stream of aware; nonetheless, when I’ve been strongly struck by some occasion, I’ve felt compelled to make a portray utilizing that topic,” says Rosenbaum. “For example, after I was in France visiting an artist’s studio, after seeing his work, I went downstairs to his lounge the place his spouse, who had been bedridden for 2 years, was sleeping. I occurred to lookup at her and noticed an ephemeral picture of her bust (head and shoulders) rise out of her, together with the massive hair curler she was sporting. The picture then went down into her and rose once more after which disappeared. Shortly after my seeing these occasions, her husband got here downstairs to verify on her and exclaimed she was useless. That have deeply struck me, and I painted the portray ‘Lady in France with Many Cats’ to try to speak the expertise.”

A number of of Rosenbaum’s work juxtapose moodiness with humor, resembling “Portrait with Beagle”—which seems on this week’s cowl of Flagpole—a portray of a lady masking her ears, as if in response to the framed portrait of a person enjoying an autoharp that hangs above her. “Lady with Canine” depicts a lady mendacity on the ground, ft propped up on a kitchen chair, as a canine hovers over her. It’s unclear whether or not the girl is stressed and agitated, carefree and daydreaming, or maybe even buzzed, however the viewer can select whichever feels most relatable. Each portray consists of at the least one canine, cat, horse or hen, and these companions usually coexist with dragons that add a mischievous, fantastical component. 

Margo Newmark Rosenbaum “Holding Fireplace” by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum

“The dragons characterize ideas that come to my thoughts when computer systems drive me nuts,” says Rosenbaum.

The Rosenbaums have spent a lot of their marriage and careers working parallel to 1 one other on collaborative tasks wherein Artwork would file musicians as Margo photographed them. Along with the Grammy Award-winning undertaking The Artwork of Discipline Recording: 50 Years of Conventional Music Documented by Artwork Rosenbaum, her pictures have complemented her husband’s writings in Folks Visions and Voices: Conventional Music and Tune in North Georgia, Shout As a result of You’re Free: The African American Ring Shout Custom on the Coast of Georgia, and The Mary Lomax Ballad E book: America’s Nice twenty first Century Ballad Singer. The exhibition on the Lyndon Home is a chance to discover a few of her lesser-known photographs. 

“I wished to indicate a few of my pictures which are of topics that haven’t been displayed as a lot as those exhibiting people artists and musicians,” says Rosenbaum.

Lots of the photographs included within the exhibition seem all through the 200 pages of Drawing With Gentle: Pictures by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum, an intuitively organized fantastic artwork pictures e-book that was revealed in 2021. Because the title signifies, Rosenbaum makes use of her digital camera as a instrument for creative expression, not in contrast to drawing with charcoal on paper. With an empathetic coronary heart and a eager eye for composition, she paperwork the world as she sees it by means of unpredictable juxtapositions, refined humor and a deep reverence for fellow creatives.

The gallery’s sequence begins with an early self-portrait, then comes full circle by ending with a self-portrait lately taken throughout the pandemic wherein a mirror displays the masked artist standing alongside a painted self-portrait that hangs within the background. What comes between is an assortment of experiences that provide a window into Rosenbaum’s life, resembling a shot of Artwork studying a map within the automobile at a gasoline station—undoubtedly on a quest to someplace off the overwhelmed path—and a sunlit scene of Silver the cat perched on high of an armchair the place a pair of banjos relaxation. Intimate black-and-white portraits of author James Baldwin, painter Alice Neel, visionary artist Howard Finster and sculptor Edward Kienholz every characterize particular connections made over time. 

Spanning over 50 years, Rosenbaum’s pictures collectively replicate a lifelong ardour for observing and memorializing life’s uncommon moments that make the atypical extraordinary. By no means seeming stiff or staged, her snapshots vibrate with life and don’t have any scarcity of tales behind them. Her work, likewise, are equal elements creativeness and social commentary. Rosenbaum’s exhibition will stay on view by means of Oct. 7.

Replace: Margo’s husband and longtime collaborator, Artwork Rosenbaum, died on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 4. Learn right here.

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