A Beauty, 2008
Post-War & Contemporary
Daniel Weinberg Gallery
Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye, Perez Art Museum Miami,
February 26-May 31, 2015 Born in 1972 in Argentina, Victoria Gitman came to the United States in 1987 and has lived in
Florida ever since. She studied Painting, Humanities, and Art History at the Florida International
University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1996.
Victoria Gitman’s work is often comprised of careful and thought out techniques and the perception
of beauty throughout history. One of her most celebrated series is titled “On Display”. It consists of
paintings of vintage beaded purses with geometric designs. The series challenges to boundaries of
art, design, and fashion and how they are connected to beauty and desire. Her meticulous creation of
each bead in the painting mimics the technique of the artisan who created the purses. Therefore she
is not only examining the history and sartorial aspects of the objects, but how the object is made and
An example of her “The Beauties” series, A Beauty, 2008 is a small oil painting of a portrait drawing
by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The series is meant to show beauty in the Western Canon and
how perceptions change over time. The works also show the precision and care she took to re-create
the drawings. Because of her deliberate and technique, she is contradicting the quick production of
the original drawings by Ingres.
In 2011 she was a South Florida Cultural Consortium recipient. Her work is featured in the
permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art
in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Detroit Institute of Arts; Los
Angeles County Museum of Art.