R.B. Kitaj: From Tipperary to Westwood

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A talk by Michael Ajerman, UCLA Library Kitaj Research Fellow

This lecture presents a visual conversation of ideas, proposing that R. B. Kitaj and Walter Sickert strangely echo each other through personality and artistic merit. Contemplating their working methods, pictorial imagery, and opinions, Michael Ajerman ruminates on the idea of influence and reference through each artist's writings, paintings and critical response, creating a web of shared and contrasting forms, ideas, and sensations to ask if Sickert was a looming shadow in Kitaj's atelier and mind. 

The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship is one of a number of UCLA Library fellowships that enable scholars to pursue extended research projects in UCLA Library Special Collections. Ajerman's fellowship was funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). 

American artist Michael Ajerman studied at the Corcoran School of Art, New York Studio School, and the Yale Summer School at Norfolk and completed a master's degree at the Slade School of Art in London. He received the Royal Academy's British Institute Award; has had solo exhibitions in the USA, UK, Italy, and Israel; and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in China and Courtauld Galleries and Ben Uri Gallery in London. He lives and works in London. 

Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please rsvp and see parking information here