Copyright Vladimir Kagan 2010My friend, Ellen Liman, owns a expansive gallery complex in the iconic Paramount Building on North County Road. It totally reflects her eclectic interest in art. The gallery is more an art Bazaar where there is something for everyone…if you look hard enough. Jewelry, sculpture, knick-knacks and yes, paintings. She ferrets out little known or forgotten artists and thus has a plethora of affordable art.
In her exhibit at the contemporary Art Fair she had a number of very impressive oil painting by Louis Finkelstein, better remembered as an art scholar than a painter. He taught at Yale, The Philadelphia College of Art, The New York Studio School and at Queens College, where he was head of the art department for twenty-five years. In his lifetime, he painted but was not interested in selling. Ellen ferreted them out from his estate and brought this forgotten artist to public attention. He had a rich pallet with an impressionist's eye, reminiscent of the German artist August Macke.