We are presenting, through partnership with the Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University, a virtual show of selected Native American portraits, including a large triptych of Three AIM Members.
this link will take you to the site: https://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/310561527/solo-gallery-25684/
Through the 1970's and 1980's, Jack painted a series of large portraits of Native Americans. Each of them, measuring approximately 72” x 72,” presents a contemporary Native American making direct eye contact with the viewer. As with other political works, one of Jack’s primary goals was to create an emotional and aesthetic experience that would move viewers toward recognition of the oppression inflicted by their dominant culture. His hope was to promote greater compassion, connection, and respect among dominant group members for Native American individuals and communities in their defense of their human rights.
An online show of Jack's Civil Rights era paintings, including Black Voice - Freedom Summer 1964, is now available in partnership with the Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University. The show can be viewed at this site: http://bsuarts.com/Wolfe2020.htm 0n Viewing “Black Voice- Freedom Summer 1964” in 2020: The images flooding traditional and social media of current protests against racial injustice and the killing of black people encourage reflection on similarities and areas of progress between the present and the time of the Civil Rights movement. Across the over-saturated span of highly polarized contemporary media, some rhetoric has shifted, while other aspects of the dialogue about race and racism echo the past uncannily. To an extent, and through the efforts of the civil rights movement, the multiplicity of violent means at the core of racism have begun to be de-legitimized; and yet, an undeniable and urgent need remains to address racial inequities entrenched across the facets of society and to end, among other forms of violence, the murder of black people in America, too often perpetrated by law enforcement. This artwork offers an opportunity for the viewer to position themself in relation to the intrinsic, tangible, and emotional truths of racial violence and resilience. For each of us, the experience of viewership can call us into connection with the realities of racism and provide a space for us to witness, reflect, and prepare ourselves to act in the service of justice and peace.
Winter 2020 Jack was a featured artist in the November-December 2019 issue of Artsource, New England's bimonthly art magazine. Three works were illustrated, with an intriguing photo of Jack in his studio in the sixties.
Three of Jack's major political works were on exhibit in the Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University, MA, running from August 12, 2019 through October 8, 2019.
On display were "Roxbury Portrait," shown at DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, in 1967, and at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences.at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2005. (http://www.jackwolfestudio.com/gallery.php?gallery=5§ion=17&image=220
Two life-sized portraits of President Lincoln, seated and standing, were also shown, lent by the Greason/Thayer Collection. http://www.jackwolfestudio.com/gallery.php?gallery=5§ion=20
The works, all painted during the turbulent mid-sixties, reflect the political turmoil and struggles for Civil Rights of those years, 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Jack Wolfe Studio is pleased to donate several artworks to Community Legal Services and Counseling Center for the non-profit's lovely new space in an historic building in East Cambridge.
Spring 2014 Two early oil paintings of Jack's are exhibited by Machine-Age of South Boston at the AD20/21 Design Collection March 30-April 1. "Chorus," 1959, 78" x 96", and "Red X, 1961, " 78" x 78", reflect Jack's large-scale dynamic work of that period. Images of "Chorus" and "Red X" can be seen in "Early Abstractions."
Here is a link to a blog relating to the article in Boston Home Design magazine featuring Jack's painting "Number, Numbest One." It includes some other images, including one of a young Jack Wolfe in his studio with edge and attitude! http://www.bostonmagazine.com/home-design/blog/2012/02/27/found-art/
A work entitled "Havana", done in 1961, will be exhibited in The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville FL, in ReFocus: The Art of the 1960's, running from January 28 - April 8, 2012. information is available on their website: http://www.mocajacksonville.org/
Take a look at the latest "Boston Home" magazine for a home interior featuring one of Jack's large abstractions from the 1960's (for sale at Machine Age, South Boston).
The Odysseus Project: Jack's work was included in a provocative online exhibit sponsored by the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. Two pieces, Roxbury Portrait (1967), and Nam - America, What Are You Doing?! (1972) are included. The curated exhibit presents artists' experience of war and returning home from war.
We are undertaking the long process of compiling a catalog of Jack's decades of extensive work. If you own a Jack Wolfe painting, we would appreciate greatly an image, if possible with the dimensions, date, medium, and title. It can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Jack Wolfe Studio is pleased to donate several paintings to cancer centers in the hospitals which treated Jack during his illness. Chosen for their particularly beautiful and cheering colors, the paintings will give respite and comfort to patients, families, friends and staff. The paintings will hang in the waiting areas of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, and Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to these providers, and most especially to Dr. Karim S. Malek of Good Samaritan, who cared for Jack during his last two years with utmost compassion and warmth.
Providence College showed selections from a major series of twenty-four large (6’ x 6’) portraits of Native Americans. Also shown were drawings and a video about the artist and the production of the series, which spanned more than fifteen years.
Jack was released from worldly cares on November 18, 2007 to go to, as he put it in the weeks before he died, “unencumbered space.” He died peacefully at home with his family after a long struggle with cancer. As we mourn his loss, we remember with gratitude his exemplary life and consummate mastery of his art. It was a privilege and honor to have his life touch ours.