Nathan Hilu; Esther; paper, crayon, marker; 2010.
Nathan Hilu’s Journal: Word, Image, Memory
September 6, 2011 – March 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Nathan Hilu’s imaginative works evoke memories of his long, multi-faceted life. The phrase art brut, coined by Jean Dubuffet in 1922, best describes Hilu’s style — naïf, or outsider art that does not adhere to the mainstream. Boldly drawn with passion and intensity, Hilu's art captures the essence of his early days on the Lower East Side, imagined scenes from Jewish midrash, and his experiences as a U.S. Army guard at the Nuremberg Prison and the subsequent International War Crimes Trials.
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