Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy 75th to Jerome Witkin: WCNY Arts Talk interview from 2011 now available on Soundcloud

A happy 75th birthday to artist Jerome Witkin, and also to his twin brother, photographer Joel-Peter Witkin!  By way of celebrating this milestone birthday, I have again made available my 2011 interview for the WCNY-FM Arts Talk series.  Since the Arts Talk postings are unavailable on WCNY's website now, and since I no longer use RapidShare due to the now-prohibitive cost, I have posted the interview on SoundCloud.  (Thanks to WCNY Vice-President for Radio and TV Jim Aroune for allowing the use of the interview).  The interview originally aired on 11 September 2011, in conjunction with the "Drawn to Paint" exhibition at Syracuse University. It has also been shared on the Jerome Witkin is AMAZING Facebook group.  Here's the link; enjoy! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catching up, and some things for our "Witkin watchers"

Hello!  It's been a few months since I have posted, and a lot has happened.  As some of you may know, I had to give up the "DXing with Cumbre" radio program earlier this year due to a heavy workload at WCNY-FM.  Although I'll certainly miss it, I did the program for 18 years, and some things have to take precedence, such as work and helping to run the radio station.  I hear from many of you via Facebook and Google Plus, and feel free to keep in touch.

As for the photo, it is of world-famed photographers Joel-Peter Witkin (left) and Christian Witkin (center); of course, on the right is my friend and a frequent subject of this blog, renowned painter Jerome Witkin. Jerome and Joel-Peter are identical twin brothers (Christian is Jerome's son), and they have had a joint exhibition in Los Angeles called "Twin Visions," which has attracted a lot of attention.  This exhibition of paintings from Jerome and photography from Joel-Peter is at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in L.A., and has been held over through the end of May.  Those of you who are on Facebook can find photos and more at 

Some other links related to the Witkins and their exhibition are here.

Story from Los Angeles Times:

Story from the Huffington Post:

You can also hear and download a two-art interview with Jerome and Joel-Peter at the website of KCBX radio in Santa Monica; the show was for the "Ears on Art" program.

From the Hollywood Times:

Also, I'd like to congratulate Jerome because of his honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut; he recently spoke at their graduation ceremonies.  More at this link:

Congratulations to both Jerome and Joel-Peter on the success of "Twin Visions," which was many years in the making; we're very proud that this has finally happened, and that it's been such a success!

I hope to have more time to post on this blog again; thanks for your patience, everyone!