Paris Landing, 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
26 13/16 x 34 5/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Yellow Sail (après Redon), 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
19 ¾ x 28 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Angels of Brooklyn, 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
39 1/2 x 27 5/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Yellow Sail, Chicago, 2011
Diptych, pastel on handmade paper
Overall: 35 ½ x 55 1/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Landing, Chicago, 2011
Diptych, pastel on handmade paper
Overall: 55 1/8 x 35 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

The Immigrants' Stone, 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
21 x 30 ½ in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Tsunami, the Red Door, 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
19 ¾ x 25 5/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Fukushima, Irradiated, 2011
Pastel on handmade paper
20x 30 ¾ in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

The Nile (pour Sarah), 2012
Diptych, pastel on handmade paper
Overall: 35 x 55 15/16 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Towed to Sea (1912), 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
28 x 35 in. / 71 x 89 cm, Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Abandoned Forest (Broken Boat), 2012
Triptych, pastel on handmade paper
Overall: 34 5/8 x 82 5/8 in./ 88 x 210 cm, Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Study for Water Buffalo, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
20 x 27 1/4 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Water Buffalo, 2012
28 1/4 x 35 1/2 in.
Pastel on handmade paper, Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Echo, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
10 5/8 x 13 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

The Poet Speaks, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
9 ½ x 13 in. / 24 x 33 cm, Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Sunrise, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
9 5/8x 13 ½ in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Les Fiancés (après Redon), 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
9 13/16x 13 in., Signed by the artist

Little Boat, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
9 5/8 x 12 13/16 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

Waterfall, 2012
Pastel on handmade paper
35 1/8 x 28 3/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

WWI - WWII, 2012
Diptych, pastel on handmade paper
Overall: 35 7/8 x 56 3/8 in., Signed by the artist
Price upon request

The Book (Rue St. Étienne du Mont), 1994
Graphite and pastel on paper, 30 x 22 in.
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Encounter at the Maison du Pastel, 1983
Oil on canvas, 71 x 50 in.
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Price upon request

PREVIEW
Thursday, October 25th
6 to 8 p.m.

Irving Petlin’s mastery as a draftsman and as a colorist is unmistakable in his outstanding current series, Storms: After Redon. Working on irregular sheets of handmade paper in the unforgiving but radiant medium of pastel, Petlin executes the act of drawing as a gamble between control and risk. Underlying the series is Petlin’s subtle and persistent commitment to history and its telling.

Over a long and successful career that began in Chicago in the late fifties, grew in Paris in the early sixties, brought him to Los Angeles in the mid-sixties, saw him in New York from 1967 until 1989, and finds him now living between Paris and New York, Petlin has been recognized as a master of both his craft and poetical narrative. Past suites of pastels have been inspired by Primo Levi, Bruno Schulz, Paul Celan, Edmond Jabès, and Johann Sebastian Bach. This current series dedicated to Odilon Redon brings Petlin back to the very beginnings of his life as an artist, when he was a high school student taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was in the Institute’s Drawing Room that Petlin first discovered Redon. Years later Petlin would describe the encounter with Redon’s work as “looking into a pool of water . . . down towards the bottom [where] you see your own shape.” It was there that Petlin first took the measure of himself, his craft, and his art.

Petlin’s work is in major collections both in the US and abroad, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Jewish Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

For further information, please contact Douglas Walla (dkw@kentfineart.net) or Jeanne Marie Wasilik (jmw@kentfineart.net). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.