Katzenstein Gallery art shows to be discontinued in January

December 10, 1992|By John Dorsey | John Dorsey,Art Critic

At the end of the year, Katzenstein Gallery on Pratt Street wil become the latest downtown gallery to suspend regular art shows, owner Stanley Katzenstein said this week.

The art and framing gallery, which also has a Lutherville location, will remain open at 729 E. Pratt St., but without the regular, curated monthly shows inaugurated with the move to the present location six years ago.

Like other gallery owners, Mr. Katzenstein blamed the economy for his decision.

"It was financially draining" to do shows, he said. "Even my good customers who would buy something from the shows were cutting back." But he did not rule out the possibility of reinstating regular shows if times improve. "We may do it later down the road," he said.

Katzenstein Gallery was started by Ludwig Katzenstein, the current owner's father, at 202 W. Pratt St., in 1941. Since moving to the current location in Scarlett Place, Mr. Katzenstein said, he has had at least 50 shows organized by three successive curators, J. E. Dockery, Mark Moreland and Debra Levin.

Unfortunately, the last of the current series of shows cannot be called a success. It probably seemed a good idea to combine two artists who use neon in their works, but in different ways. Craig Kraft depicts figures or partial figures through the use of neon combined with other materials including wood and fiberglass.

Adrienne Beck creates serigraphs of urban sites, incorporating neon in some either in front of, or, more usually, behind the surface of the image, so that the light shows through openings such as windows.

Although Kraft is the more interesting of these two, both (at least in this show) employ neon in ways that are more gimmicky than appropriate.

NEON ART

What: 'Illuminated Images'

Where: Katzenstein Gallery, 729 E. Pratt St.

When: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Jan. 4.

Call: (410) 727-0748.

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