Ticketed Event: Discussion about his acclaimed art career and his upcoming biographical feature film
Location: Avalon Theatre, 40 E Dover Street, Easton, MD
Presented by Troika Gallery
Raoul Middleman (Baltimore -1935) An American painter, Raoul Middleman is known for his provocative and prolific work including figure studies, landscapes, seascapes, florals and still lifes. Middleman has been a member of the Maryland Institute College of Art faculty since 1961 and received a BA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, attended The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Brooklyn Museum Art School. His verve for life and vivacious spirit run parallel to his dynamic paintings. Paintings by Raoul Middleman can be found in private and museum collections throughout the US including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New York Public Library, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Troika Gallery in Easton, Maryland has represented Raoul Middleman since 1997. The owners/artists of Troika Gallery are closely associated with Raoul in both a personal and professional manner. Raoul is married to artist Ruth Channing and resides in Baltimore.
The feature film documenting his life's work is due for release in 2020.
"Middleland" - Journey into the studio practice of contemporary oil painter Raoul Middleman. Focused on his later years, Raoul takes stock of his life as he and his assistants catalog over 15,000 paintings, most of which have never been seen. Middleman’s subjects range from cityscapes of Baltimore's industrial past to massive narrative paintings full of colorful characters. Each painting provides a window into the past where we reflect on who we are in relation to our history and how our history affects our present and future.
Documentarian Madeline Becker:
Madeline Becker is a painter/sculptor turned documentarian. She is currently working on her directorial film debut, "Middleland," about contemporary artist Raoul Middleman and the city that shaped him, Baltimore. Madeline is driven by a boundless curiosity focused on the intersections between people, places, institutions, and nature to understand how those intersections shape daily life. In 2015, Madeline received a B.F.A summa cum laude in painting and video / film from the Maryland Institute of Art.