Ruth Gikow: About People
As an artist who grew up in New York’s Lower East Side during the Great Depression, Ruth Gikow expresses her fascination with the human condition.
August 2, 2007 - September 15, 2007
exhibition artwork

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2007
From: Lori Sottile
Exhibition Dates: August 2 – September 15, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ruth Gikow: About People
The George Krevsky Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of artworks by Early Modernist, Ruth Gikow. Opening August 2nd and continuing through September 15th, About People will feature both nationally exhibited and never shown before paintings from the Artist's estate.
An émigré from Russian Ukraine living in New York's Lower East Side, Gikow, developed a passion for the developing Modern Art movement when she learned that art was not about the accuracy of the artist's depiction of the subject, but rather the expression of the subject's essence. This revelation set the stage for her career and her distinctive, figurative style that further evolved as she studied the works of the Old Masters, the frescoes of Pompeii, and the Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna while traveling in Europe with her fellow artist and husband, Jack Levine.
The 26 paintings exhibited in About People display the artist's belief in the quest to find humanity amidst the turbulence and hostility of modern urban life, especially for the youth of the 60's. This belief is conveyed through her bold and mannerly command of saturated color while depicting her subjects in an intimate and contemplative manner, often concentrating on their psychological reactions to an event. Nowhere are these themes more clearly relevant than in Adoration of the Gadget, 1969. In this painting, various people are preoccupied by their cameras, hair dryers, and other electronic devices. Gikow, however, is not praising the rise in home electronics, but is commenting on the captivation of the human mind by that which it does not fully understand.
During her lifetime, Ruth Gikow (1915-1982), commanded critical acclaim that warranted many one-person shows and a considerable following of discerning collectors. She was praised by art critic Henry-Russell Hitchcock for being one of the country's "ten outstanding women painters," and was represented by the Kennedy Galleries of New York. Gikow also received awards from the Institute of Arts & Letters and the Childe Hassam Fund. Her paintings were collected by New York's Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, along with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, among others.
Since Ruth Gikow's death at the peak of her career in 1982, her artwork remained relatively hidden from public view. In 2003, San Francisco's Fine Arts Museum's de Young acquired "Battle at Fort Dix," a major painting depicting the anti-war protests of the late 1960's. Now presented for a second solo exhibition, the George Krevsky Gallery continues its commitment to this outstanding artist.
For more information or for reproduction quality digital pictures please contact George Krevsky or Lori Sottile at 415/397-9748 or e-mail