March 16, 2012

Casella Gallery to Display Works of Artist Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz

Before Occupy: Paintings by Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz 2001-2006

Opening Reception: March 19, 2012, @ 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit: March 19-30, 2012

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Casella Gallery
550 Parker Street, Boston, MA 02115

In this exhibit, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz’s paintings portray a juxtaposition of the poor against the wealthy in the United States. She uses scenes such as upscale mansions and the surrounding plush foliage contrasted against graffiti markings often considered the blight of poverty-stricken neighborhoods. As her subject matter is usually provoked by social concern, the Occupy movement has provided an opportunity to explore the issues of class and income disparity in the nation. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be Spatz-Rabinowitz’s 7’6” triptych, “Gates of Paradise,” which provides a look at a lavish mansion through a crumbling wall coated in rust and fading graffiti.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Social   Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Associate Professor Elaine Slater at 617-989-4375 or

About the Artist:
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz was born in New York City in 1942, where she began a career defined by her uniquely textured and socially resonant artwork. The artist, now based out of Cambridge, Mass., has her work featured in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Boston Public Library Prints and Drawings collection. She was most recently awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews, and ART/SPEAK. She is represented by the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston and at the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York.

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