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A Unique Harry Blitzstein Art Show Coming to OPEN WALLS

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June 19, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

Leonard Cohen once said: “First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.” Well, the Harry Blitzstein art declares that we first take Berlin instead! The first solo exhibition of the outsider artist in Germany entitled First We Take Berlin – The Art of Harry Blitzstein is opening at OPEN WALLS Gallery. The artist whose career spans over fifty years has created unique and fascinating pieces that will make the viewers re-evaluate their perception of what art really is, becoming witnesses to eerie characters that break the laws of canvas and at times leap out of the frame to confront their audience. One of the most interesting personas in the world of urban art, the Los Angeles-based Harry Blitzstein, offers his original and utterly unique artworks for the world to see and enjoy, breaking the stereotypes and inviting for an in-depth investigation and studious analysis of his works.

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Left: Harry Blitzstein with his works / Right: Harry Blitzstein – artwork

The Artist, The Owner, The Inspiration

Harry Blitzstein has become known for his own Blitzstein Museum of Art located in Los Angeles, California. The museum of 3000 square feet of wall space features over two hundred humorous, witty, and clever artworks created by Mr. Blitzstein himself. The 78-year old artist is inspired by the likes of Franz Kafka, Leonard Cohen, Bosch, and surprisingly (or not) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He has created a myriad of cartoon-inspired oil portraits, executed in his signature whimsical manner. Harry Blitzstein is more than just an owner, he is the curator and the sole artist featured in the museum’s exhibition spaces, making his permanent exhibition at the Blitzstein Museum of Art the longest solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

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Left: Harry Blitzstein / Right: Harry Blitzstein – artwork

The Adventurer

Mr. Blitzstein is quite an adventurous soul, which correlates perfectly with his artistic career. He has become enchanted with picturesque scenery of Austria that put wanderlust in his bones, forever prompting him to seek inspiration is various, unconventional places. He draws inspiration from the European artists such as Cézanne, Goya, Daumier, Soutine, and Dubuffet. His body may be in America but his soul is in Europe. But, the City of Angels has become an important place for the world’s art market and more open towards the European influences, making it easier for Harry Blitzstein art to reach the intended audiences. And what better way to do it than remain one of the most original artists of the 21st century!

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Left: Harry Blitzstein – artwork / Right: Harry Blitzstein with one of his works

Harry Blitzstein Art at Open Walls Gallery

The exhibition of the Harry Blitzstein art First We Take Berlin – The Art of Harry Blitzstein will open on June 29th, 2016. Curated by the Skateboardmuseum Berlin / Jürgen Blümlein, the exhibition will be displayed at the OPEN WALLS Gallery in Berlin until July 10th, 2016. For all the Harry Blitzstein art appreciators that simply cannot travel across half the world to his own museum, this is the perfect opportunity to see and experience his mastery, and even meet the artist who will be present at the exhibition opening. The OPEN WALLS Gallery is located at Schröderstraße 11/1 in Berlin, and it is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 6 PM, and Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM. Pay it a visit, we are sure you will love it!

All images courtesy of OPEN WALLS Gallery.