Jerry Gotkin | A Retrospective

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Vertu Fine Art is proud to announce that our Boca Raton Contemporary Art Gallery is featuring a retrospective exhibition of masterful works by Jerry Gotkin, December 11 through December 27, 2013.


Please join us for a VIP Reception:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:30-7:00 PM

The gallery will remain open until 10 PM.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception.
Space is limited. Kindly RSVP to Margi at 561-416-5007 by December 9th.


Over the last 50 years, Jerry Gotkin has produced a stunning array of landscapes, dancers, musicians, nudes, still life, florals and more. Employing watercolor, oil, acrylics, gouache, inks, brush, palette knife, his creations have been captured on canvas, board and various papers.

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1936, Jerry spent the majority of his career working alongside his wife, Marjorie, who was already an established New York artist and teacher when they first met in 1961. Together, they were represented by Panoras Gallery in Manhattan for over 20 years, as well as numerous galleries throughout New York City, Massachusetts and Florida.

In the mid-1970s, Jerry was commissioned for a series of oil paintings for offices at the landmark Sperry-Rand Building in New York City. In 2007 the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC established the “Marjorie and Jerry Gotkin Collection 1965-2007.” In addition to featuring a catalog of paintings, reproductions, biographies, exhibitions reviews, sales, two portfolios, and art books of the couple’s paintings – the Smithsonian is cross-referencing the Gotkins within, “Artists Couples” – listing them among notable collaborative couples, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams, as well as Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

“Each series of works, like each work itself, reaches its own conclusion,” explains Jerry Gotkin during a recent discussion at VFA. “It’s not a conscious decision made by the artist.” When it comes to describing particular categorizations of style, the artist politely declines, suggesting that, “Art is best contemplated by the observer.”

One must always apologize for talking about painting”
– Poet Paul Valery

Over the past decades, Jerry Gotkin has produced a vast assortment of compelling works, seemingly without allowing himself to “fall into” an established niche. Viewing the artist’s decades of productivity, one may be inclined to view Gotkin’s work as subject driven, leading the artist to deploy those processes required to produce his interpretations. As touched upon, every series of works exists in accordance to the lifetime given.

For the upcoming retrospective, Mr. Gotkin has a number of surprises to present. One, which we’ll reveal here, is a series of vintage movie magazine covers from the 1920s. The individual magazine covers are approximately 30 x 40 inches and there are about 50 in the series. The prints, based upon originals produced by the artist with ink brushes and acrylics, will be on display in a unit, each in an archival acrylic sleeve. A compilation of the series will be available in sizes as large to six to eight feet vertically.

We sincerely hope that you’ll join us Wednesday, December 11th for the VIP Reception. Space is limited, so we ask that you kindly RSVP to Margi at 561-416-5007 by December 9th.

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In recognition of Hospice by the Sea’s 35th anniversary, 60% of the sales of Mr. Gotkin’s works will be contributed to the not-for-profit organization. Donations are also appreciated. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served compliments of Morton’s The Steakhouse and Shops at Boca Center.

Thank you for your continued interest and support! If you have questions about the works of Jerry Gotkin or any of the Contemporary Artists we feature at Vertu Fine Art, please drop in to our Boca Raton gallery or contact us.

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