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Artist Talk & Reception. David Miretsky on “Reflections, The Art of Drawing”
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Please join us for a reception and an artist talk by David Miretsky about his work on exhibit at the Harriman Institute, Reflections, The Art of Drawing.

“The albums present a variety of themes: from a sketch of a jail cell in Kyiv, to an occasional landscape or still life. But most of the pages are filled with uniquely recognizable characters from all walks of life, reflecting the vulnerable humaneness of humans, with empathy, amusement and love. Genre scenes, later turned into paintings. Ordinary life elevated to the archetype of relationships. Portraits of people, from paupers to politicians, meshed with conceptual and poetic exercises. Themes repeat in Miretsky’s mirror labyrinth. His ‘Art of Drawing’ can be as elaborate and precise as Dürer’s etchings, or be a one-line fleeting moment, like a Hokusai manga, and every time—revealing some of life’s painful truth, inherited from Otto Dix’s narrative. One never grows tired looking at these drawings. What you see here is a mere mirror shard… reflecting life.” —Nellie Belin

David Miretsky studied at the Kyiv Art Institute from 1965 to 1969. Unable to exhibit his work in official venues because of its unorthodox subject matter and style, Miretsky took part in underground exhibitions in Kyiv and Moscow, which eventually led to his arrest and the confiscation of some works. He and his family left the Soviet Union and made their way to the U.S. in 1975, settling first in Cincinnati, but then moving to New York, where he has made his home ever since. Today he lives and works in Brooklyn. He has had a number of solo exhibitions in Cincinnati, Chicago, and New York, and in 2006 he exhibited his work at the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv). You can learn more about Miretsky’s life and work by visiting his website:

Image: Woman Holding Neckless by David Miretsky (pencil, paper 16×12.5″) 2005.