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Monday, November 27, 2006

Events this week

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
Don't Know Much About History
Nov. 18-Jan. 20, 2006

Gallery talk, Thurs., Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

An overview of 20th Century Arab modern art by Lebanese Curator and Gallerist Saleh Barakat, founder of Agial Gallery.

Barakat is a 2006 Yale World Fellow. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

This talk is presented in conjunction with Don't Know Much About History: An exhibition exploring the recontextualization of history by contemporary artists. Curated by Denise Markonish. Featuring: Deborah Bright, Charles Browning, Johnny Carrera, Colleen Coleman, Mary Dwyer, James Esber, Lalla A. Essaydi, Titus Kaphar, Michael Krueger, Justin Richel, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Allison Smith, Jonathan Santos, Phil Whitman, and Joe Zane.


The New Haven Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St. (lower level), New Haven
Valeriu Boborelu: Luminescence and Depth
Nov. 18-Dec. 30, 2006

Artist's reception: Sat., Dec. 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Artist Valeriu Boborelu hails originally from Bucharest, Romania. He obtained his MFA in 1965 at the Nicolae Grigorescu Academy of Fine Arts there, as a student of the world-famous painter Gheorghe Saru. He went on to teach Composition and Drawing there from 1966 to 1982, and became the Chair of Painting. After studying Painting, Drawing, and Art Documentation in Perugia, Rome, Bologna, Venice, Naples, Sicily, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Russia, he was allowed to make study visits to Paris, from where in 1983 he was able to bring his family out of Ceausescu's Romania, finally settling in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York.

Boborelu is an inspired painter of human shapes in ancestral & anthropomorphic silhouettes—silhouettes integrated in verticals, obliques, and spirals superimposed to create a continuous movement of space. Using contrasts in a reduced range of colors, polarities of white & black, large strokes of modulated grays, gestural tensions create a Chromatic Vertigo, a vibration, and depth:

In my paintings are human shapes and forms inspired by the mineral and floral worlds. Figures are luminous, transparent and pearl-white colored, and appear from the Blue-Black depths of space. Underlying geometric drawing combines with the harmony of sober color. There is a dialogue between Part and Totality. In my vision, these figures symbolize our subtle inner-nature of Wisdom and Compassion-our spiritual Bodies of Light.
For more information, please contact:
Curator: Johnes Ruta
(203) 387-4933


City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
Give Art

Opening, Sun., Dec. 3, 12—4 p.m.

Great art for gifts, and everything for $100.


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