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Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts

Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware , Ohio 43015
United States


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Prof's drawing acquired by Buenos Aires museum A charcoal drawing from the “Holocaust Series†by Marty J. Kalb, Ohio Wesleyan University emeritus professor of fine arts, recently was acquired by the Museo del Holocausto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prof's drawing acquired by Buenos Aires museum - The Delaware Gazette -
A charcoal drawing from the "Holocaust Series" by Marty J. Kalb, Ohio Wesleyan University emeritus professor of fine arts, recently was acquired by the Museo del Holocausto in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The museum is supported through the Holocaust Memorial Foundation, and was declared a "site of cultural interest" by the city of Buenos Aires in 2006.
The drawing is titled "Judenrein #1. Kalb says it is a depiction of the burial site at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the time of its liberation by the British army in 1945.
A painting from Kalb's "Holocaust Series" will be exhibited at Ohio Wesleyan University in conjunction with the OWU Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "The Kindertransport. The performance will open at the Chappelear Drama Center on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. It will continue with evening performances through Saturday, Feb. 21, and a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.
Information for this story was provided by Marty J. Kalb.
UB Art Galleries - UB Art Gallery - The Holocaust Archive Revealed: Bad Arolsen through the lens of Richard Ehrlich, 15 Jan 2011 [cached]
The exhibition will be mounted in conjunction with a 5 PM lecture on April 21 "The Holocaust and Art: Differing Approaches," featuring Ohio Wesleyan University professor emeritus, artist Marty J. Kalb, whose "Holocaust Series" documents what he calls "the industrialization of murder by a modern government."
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Marty Kalb, Professor Emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University
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- A collection of Holocaust works of art by artist Marty J. Kalb will go on display November 2 at the
and the archives department, the Holocaust art exhibit includes 20 charcoal on paper pieces by Kalb, who is a professor of fine arts at
Kalb's drawings are visually captivating and hauntingly poignant. The exhibit will feature the work "Treblinka," which presents a mass grave of silent bodies at the Polish extermination camp. Another work, "Expulsion," reveals two naked, emaciated individuals being cast away, echoing a long, sullied history of Jewish expulsion. In the piece "Killing Four Jews," the viewer is forced to stand in line with the executioner as a culpable bystander witnessing the murder of four innocents who hold hands in fright and solidarity.
Through creative and aesthetic means, the artwork compels the viewer to consider actual historical events in hopes of increasing an intellectual and emotional awareness. This exhibit, Kalb says, "confronts the viewer with some of the worst instances of torture, suffering and the industrialization of murder by a modern government for the sole purpose of killing Jews and `undesirables'."
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Marty Kalb's "Lodz Ghetto Murder #1" is part of the Holocaust Series, charcoal on Paper.
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What: UAS Evening at Egan Presents "Holocaust Portraits, Victims, Perpetrators, Witnesses" with Marty Kalb, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts Ohio Wesleyan University
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It's a question visiting artist Marty Kalb will address this week during his visit to the University of Alaska Southeast, and one that suggests many interesting answers - some of which may be spurred by viewing Kalb's own work, the Holocaust Series.
One possible answer, true for this viewer: Kalb's drawings and paintings of Holocaust victims may allow for an emotional and personal engagement with a subject that is otherwise too horrifying to face.
Kalb, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University, will be the featured speaker at this week's Evening at Egan presentation, "Holocaust Portraits, Victims, Perpetrators, Witnesses. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library at UAS. Kalb's visit to Juneau is co-sponsored by Terzis and UAS associate professor of history, Robin Walz, and will continue next week with visit to UAA and UAF.
"The images are of people, they're portraits, so to speak, of perpetrators, victims and witnesses," Kalb said. "I want people to see who was involved as human beings."
Though it's tempting to view them as monsters, bringing the perpetrators back into the human realm is a step toward understanding how such brutality is possible. Looking at photos of the doctors, responsible for some of the most horrific crimes, Kalb said he was struck by how harmless they looked.
"You look at them and they look like somebody's grandpda. I want that sense of their presence as people."
By grouping victims, perpetrators and witnesses together, Kalb also underscores the idea that everyone involved in the Holocaust, either directly or indirectly, was in some way a victim.
"Even though they might not all have been tortured, or in some way or another physically harmed, they were, in my view, victims of a situation that caused them to do things that are inhumane."
Kalb, who is Jewish, began his Holocaust series in the 1990s, but it is by no means his only artistic focus. His subjects range from colorful landscapes and waterfalls to female figures and abstract geometric pieces, many reflecting his attraction to things that are "outwardly and conventionally beautiful. His work is included in more than a dozen major museums throughout the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The works that make up the Holocaust Series are based on documentary images in the public domain. Kalb's drawings and paintings combine the realism of those images with more abstract elements, and tend to be "a little less real," allowing room for a more emotional connection. In one drawing, a young girl of about 14 or 15 lies on the ground with a bullet hole in her cheek, her eyes completely blank. In another, a girl looks out from a train bound for Auschwitz. Though unidentified in the original photo, Kalb later learned she was of Gypsy decent, and, after extensive research, was able to give her back her name.
In addition to their more abstract nature, the drawings and paintings show evidence of the artist's presence, unlike a photograph, a difference that Kalb said may help create a kind of shared experience between artist and viewer.
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