Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Image and Text Collide at Amsterdam Show // The Art of Charlotte Salomon
Full article here // Excerpt below
By Joel Weickgenant
In Charlotte Salomon’s art, text and image meet in an exuberant burst of joy and anguish. Brooding, fluid figures are drawn with a line that seems ready to disappear into the vortex of color on the page. Tight columns of text are piled one atop the other like hieroglyphs in an Egyptian relic. An exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum of early gouaches by the artist, who was killed at Auschwitz during World War II, examines this mix of text and image, and the explicitly lyrical nature of her work.