Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos

September 10, 2015


Cezanne, 1985. Miriam Beerman (born 1923). Oil on canvas, 69 x 86 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of William B. Jaffe, 2014 . © Miriam Beerman.

A film by Jonathan Gruber

Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos is the 2015 retrospective of the artist’s career by filmmaker Jonathan Gruber. Beerman was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1923 and received her degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1945. She studied with Morris Kantor at the Arts Students League in New York and with Stanley William Hayter in Paris. Beerman’s neo-expressionist prints and paintings explore the human condition, war, death, and disaster and have been compared to the work of Leonard Baskin. In 2014, the Delaware Art Museum was given its first painting by the artist for the collection, Cezanne, from 1985. The work is from her Poets and Artists series, which also includes haunting paintings of Samuel Beckett, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent Van Gogh.

Gruber explains, “The film is a memorable profile of an artist who has elevated her empathy for the plight of the world’s castoffs into powerful portrayals of dignity.” The documentary premiered at the 2015 Palm Beach International Film Festival and will be screened in Wilmington on Tuesday, November 3 at Film Brothers Co-Op as part of the Light Up the Queen Foundation’s On Screen/In Person film series. Both Beerman and Gruber will be present for the screening and the Q&A session immediately following. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film begins at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information about Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos and details for Film Brothers Co-Op at 205 North Market Street are available here. You can see the painting, Cezanne, on view in the Lynn Herrick Sharp Gallery for contemporary art.

Margaret Winslow
Associate Curator for Contemporary Art

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