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Revised and Restored

Kathleen Gilje

This project is for the publication of a fully-illustrated, hardcover catalogue intended to accompany an exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, beginning May 11, 2013 that will consist of approximately forty to forty-five paintings by Kathleen Gilje, covering a period of some twenty years of active production.

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                                  Revised and Restored
                                    Kathleen Gilje: A Retrospective  

This project is for the publication of a fully-illustrated, hardcover catalogue entitled  Revised and Restored: Katheleen Gilje: A Retrospective.  The catalogue is intended to accompany an exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, beginning May 11, 2013 that will consist of approximately forty to forty-five paintings by Kathleen Gilje, covering a period of some twenty years of active production.  Both the catalogue and exhibition will include a series of portraits drawn from the art world community as the sitters imagine themselves as restored to a favorite old master painting of their choosing or simply drawn from the artist’s imagination. Throughout the history of art, artists have always looked at each other’s work with concerted interest.  As diverse as we are as artists, the art world is dependent upon its infrastructure—the artists, art historians, critics, collectors, etc.—and it is these supporters who make that community survive and thrive.   
  Trained as a conservator of old master paintings in the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, Italy, Kathleen Gilje’s recreations of the old masters take on the issues of our times, always uncanny and thought provoking and often bringing attention to hidden narratives in the original works of art. Use of provenance and methodologies of conservation, for example, X-rays and reflectograms  in her installations, deal with subjects such as abuse, illness, sexuality, beauty and death to name but a few. Gilje’s most recent exhibition “48 Portraits, Sargent’s Women,” examine female identity, stripping Sargent’s women of their elegant gowns and extravagant settings. Kathleen Gilje exhibits with Francis Naumann Fine Art in New York City.  

   Contributions to this project are requested specifically to pay for the organization, research, writing of critical essays and printing of the catalogue with color illustrations (with this support, it will be possible to reproduce many more works than just those included in the exhibition).  The contributions will also be used to offset studio expenses in creating select portraits for the exhibition.

                                            Table of Contents                                                        
                                                      Sponsors 
                                           Director’s Introduction
                                                  Peter C. Sutton    
                          Katheen Gilje’s Sources in Old Master Painting
                                                  Peter C. Sutton 
       Kathleen Gilje’s Reincarnations: Curators, Critics and Connoisseurs
                                      of Modern and Contemporary Art

                                                 Robert Rosenblum   
                            Seeing Beneath the Surface: Kathleen Gilje’s
                                 Recreations of Iconic Paintings

                                                      Linda Nochlin  
                             Kathleen Gilje’s Sources in Contemporary Art
                                                          John Yau 
                                           An Interview with Kathleen Gilje
                                                    Francis M. Naumann 
                                              Catalogue of the Exhibition
                                                    Margarita Karasoulas