b. 1923 Coney Island. Studied at Cooper Union 1941. US Army 1942-45. Post war studied in Paris and Rome. Fulbright scholar. Lives in Brooklyn, NY.
New York, NY
Five figures. One with white robes and medals. Figure behind wears brown robes and tall headgear and holds a large ring of keys. Figure on right has white robe and red scarf headgear. Figure on left, possibly female, has sleeveless dress and brimmed hat. Figure in lower left wears a white mask. In response to a query regarding subject, the artist wrote "The subject matter, of course, is an insane asylum where each person imagines himself anything except who he really is. There is a pope perhaps, an army figure displaying his medals, a person with a mask fearful of exposing who he truly is and so on. Just like the people in my book 'The Tower of Babel in the Art World'".
(front of painting) lower right: Kinigstein. (back of painting) central, in paint, "Mad House" Jonah Kinigstein 1967, 123 2nd Ave. NYC
108 cm. h. x 154 cm. w., framed
oil on board
Burger, Gretchen. The Emperors New Clothes: A Profile of artist agitator Jonah Kinigstein. Http://vimeo.com/115724980
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