The Jack Rutberg Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles is hosting Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin and Joel-Peter Witkin, through August 30th. Last Saturday night both 75 year old brothers where in house for a book signing. The entire project was the brainchild of proprietor Jack Rutberg, the friendly gallery owner who will generously share his stories and trials of putting this exhibit together if you only ask.
While I have been a fan of Joel-Peter Witkin since college, I had only just learned of his twin brother, Jerome. Seeing their work together and hearing about how they have been estranged for many years, produces a curiosity that forces a comparison and consideration you might have glossed over otherwise. Both bodies of work deal with dark themes, telling very different stories. Yet both are beautifully articulate compositions that beg for attention and respect.
Meeting both these men was a thrill to be certain. I have a deep respect for their accomplishments and a renewed interest in their portfolios. If you have a minute, do yourself a favor and swing through the gallery on La Brea. You won't be disappointed.