Joel Janowitz


Joel Janowitz exhibition @ Cambridge Arts Council

On view through April 7, 2017, the Cambridge Arts Council (Cambridge, MA) is pleased to share a new body of work by Joel Janowitz. “Protected Trees” presents a poetic response to the intense street excavation and construction he has witnessed over the last several years in his Cambridge neighborhood, where the City has been conducting a sewer separation project that takes place underground but necessitates years of disturbance above ground. In the artist’s words: “I saw both the beauty and the irony of so many trees protected by dead wood and petrol-plastics. I began to paint this strange landscape which is revealing itself as an inviting and disturbing metaphor for our flawed relationship to the environment.” As an artist who has lived many years in Cambridge, Joel brings an unusual perspective to the complex activity that goes into engineering and sustaining our cities.

Read more about the exhibition and Cambridge Arts Council here…


Photo: Joel Janowitz, Screened, 2016, Oil on linen, 60″ x 96″

Born in 1945 in New Jersey, Janowitz received his MA in 1969 from University of California, Santa Barbara. He has participated in well over one hundred exhibits, including more than 30 solo shows. Highlights from this extensive list include the 1973 Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Osaka Foundation of Culture in Japan, and recent shows at the Drawing Center (NYC) and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. His paintings, prints, and drawings can be found in the collections of major museums, colleges, and corporations in the US. Janowitz has also taught and lectured extensively throughout his career, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.