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Rabbi's Tisch with Daniel Lienau, Art Conservationist

Friday, January 14, 2022 12 Sh'vat 5782

6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Max Pollak (1886-1970) - A Diary in Prints, 1905-1955

Daniel Lienau, art conservationist, speaks about WW1 artist Max Pollack (1886-1970) - A Diary in Prints, 1905-1955

A retrospective of Max Pollak's remarkable color aquatints, from his time as a student and then a World War I official artist of the Austrian Army, his time in Vienna and his portraits of friends (including Sigmund Freud) and the Modern Dance world of the 1920s, to his travels throughout Europe and the Holy Land in the late 1920s and again in the mid-1930s.

The talk will also feature examples of his work after he and his wife Friedl moved to the US in 1927, first to New York and then traveling across the U.S. to their final stop in San Francisco in 1938, where he chronicled the city and did portraits of its residents. There will be examples of his work from the Pollaks’ trips to Mexico to Guatemala.

Most of Pollak's paintings were left in Austria and destroyed by Hitler in the 1930s as "Degenerate Art." The Annex Galleries obtained the personal print collection of his wife, Friedl, which consisted of single works from his broad oeuvre.

Daniel Lienau studied sculpture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison later moving to New  New York where he learned picture framing which eventually brought him to Berkley, California where in 1967 he opened a frame shop specializing in the conservation framing of works on paper, working with many Bay area collectors, publishers and galleries. He then moved to Santa where he opened the Annex Galleries. Since its opening, Annex Gallery has been a premier destination for fine prints and photographs with an international reach organizing exhibits specializing in "forgotten printmakers", including "50 Years of California Prints", "WPA Printmakers", "Mexican Prints by the Taller de Grafica Popular"; a number of exhibitions of prints by members of the Atelier 17 from both the early Paris and New York periods; a number of original cartoon exhibitions including "Artists of Mad Magazine", "New Yorker Cartoonists" and two cartoonists' self-portrait exhibitions (including one of over 130 cartoonists who drew themselves in the buff, called "The Comic Strip"), and many other theme shows, such as "American Color Prints" and "California Abstract Expressionist Prints"

The gallery also re-introduced a number printmakers who no longer had any market: Gustave Baumann, James D. Smillie, Helen Hyde, Pedro de Lemos, Roi Partridge, Bertha Lum, Augusta Rathbone, Gene Kloss, John Winkler, Max Pollak, as well as photographs by Walter Chappell, Minor White, Ansel Adams, etc.


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