At WDNA Radio in Coral Gables, FL on Saturday, the New World Beat Sextet is performing in the station’s Jazz Gallery. But there’s a special artistic bonus to the event: It’s also the opening of the station’s exhibition of master artist Edna Glaubman’s work, much of it not seen for three decades.
Edna Glaubman’s pioneering work in the acrylic medium helped set a new standard of technique for vibrancy, color, and depth. She studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock and New York and was both a graduate and former faculty member of Parsons School of Fine and Applied Arts in New York.
But Glaubman’s story covers a much greater canvas, ranging from being primary support in Florida for a family devastated by a tragic car wreck, to her meticulous method of hand-preparing batik-like canvases and creating images on dark rather than light backgrounds.
Glaubman experimented in materials ranging from metal and clay sculpture, to resins and polymers. She worked with a variety of papers, inks, acrylics, pencil, charcoal and pastel. She was adept and skillful with every artistic tool from trowels and knives to brushes and pens. Her extraordinary achievement of transparency is clearly visible in her acrylic painting. The surfaces are smooth and exhibit a fine glaze, yet the underlying texture achieved with paper and paint thicknesses create a dimensionality that enhances her keen sense of perspective. The paintings are produced on Karlit or Masonite, a Swedish board with unique properties. She pioneered the use of acrylics and used an original technique where she affixed crushed paper to the boards and then employed specialized inks to achieve a final effect that resembles Javanese batik fabrics. Glaubman was equally adept using vibrant colors as well as monochromes. With the precision of a negative photograph, she effectively reversed positive and negative space in many of her compositions. Her subjects varied widely and included landscapes, portraits, horses, nudes, social gatherings, and intimate family moments.
Glaubman occupies a section of Miami’s history when the city was first emerging as an important creative metropolitan center and the influences of her creativity are both subtle and apparent…
Glaubman’s story of both love and artistry goes on, compiled by her son Rod on the family collection website. Now living in Berkeley, CA, he also helped organize the current exhibit at WDNA. It continues from Saturday, March 30 through April 28.
You can find out more about Edna Glaubman’s extraordinary character and artistry at the family website here. It includes an extensive selection of her paintings of landscapes, concerts, festivals, musicians, nudes, as well as lithographs and sketches.