Four Painters Are the Focus of Berman Exhibition

Four Visions/Four Painters: Murray Dessner, Bruce Samuelson, Elizabeth Osborne and Vincent Desiderio opens Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 13 in the Main Gallery of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art. An opening reception is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Murray Dessner, After Paris

Murray Dessner, After Paris, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 78 in. Collection of Paul Hummer and Linda Hubbell.

These four artists, all associated with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as student, teachers and mentors, have an affinity with each other in the scale of their work, their approach to content and their use of medium. Their work touches the viewer in dramatic ways through rich, saturated color, meticulous line and brushwork, and the mature and confident approach each takes to articulating his or her message.

The late Murray Dessner created landscapes of color whose layers both recede and explode. (Dessner died Sept. 22.) Elizabeth Osborne’s highly saturated compositions make use of vivid color combinations and rhythmic brush strokes.

Bruce Samuelson’s work, while more intimate in scale than that of his colleagues, conveys a similar sense of grandeur, using the structure of the human torso as his leitmotif. Vincent Desiderio creates narrative works that incorporate life lessons and events.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the James Michener Art Museum and past director of the Berman Museum of Art.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays. The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and annual support from Epps Advertising.

2 thoughts on “Four Painters Are the Focus of Berman Exhibition

  1. We would like to view the Four Visions exhibition, when will the Berman be open over the Christmas holidays ? Your site says it is closed during “college holidays”, so we are unclear as to hours of operation the weeks surrounding Chistmas.

    Thanks, John Sergey

  2. Thank you for your interest in the Berman’s “Four Visions” exhibition. The Museum will be open to the public until the week of December 24, when we close for the College winter holiday break, returning on January 3.

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