News-Antique.com - May 03,2011 - War Artist George Gittoes at Station Museum – artmarketblog.com
You know that game where you ask someone who they would have dinner with if they could choose 5 people either living or dead? Depending on whether you would be interested in hearing first hand accounts of human beings at their absolute worst, Australian born artist George Gittoes would either be at the top or the bottom of your list. You see, George Gittoes is a war artist. But not just any war artist – an unofficial war artist who dares to go where others fear to tread. Even the most hardened journalists would likely think the situations he chooses to place himself in were too risky. From the unspeakable mass murders of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide to the atrocities of the War on Terror, Gittoes has documented the effects of virtually every major conflict since Vietnam and has seen more human suffering than most people could bare.
Having met Gittoes and heard stories from his travels I can honestly say that he is one of the most courageous people I have ever met. To be able to repeatedly risk your life so that victims of human atrocities get the chance to have a voice and gain some dignity takes a very special sort of person. Not only is Gittoes a one man humanitarian army, he is also an incredibly talented artist who has chosen to use his amazing gift to challenge the boundaries of artistic practice while creating dialogue about serious issues of the human condition.
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art is currently holding an exhibition of Gittoes’ work titled ‘Witness to War’. His exhibition at the Station Museum in Houston is the first major presentation of his artwork in the United States. It reflects the life and the vision of a unique artist who is driven to experience the tragedy of war first hand. I would encourage everyone to see this exhibition if not for the amazing works of art that Gittoes produces then as a humbling reminder of what some people have to endure.
George Gittoes – “Witness to War”
April 16, 2011 – July 17, 2011
In preparation of this exhibition Gittoes has been currently working in the tribal areas of Afghanistan.
For information about the exhibition see:
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications