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Originally published: 11/24/2022

Monmouth University Center for the Arts presents film screenings and art talks at the conclusion of the Miriam Beerman exhibition

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — The Monmouth University Center for the Arts presents “Fine Art Conversations” and a screening of Miriam Beerman: Expressing the chaos to add an interactive component to the exhibition closing event on Sunday, December 11 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition shows Beerman (1923–2022) as one of the most provocative artists of the 20th century, whose humanistic-expressionist works underline her talent as a colourist. A pioneer who was one of the first female artists to receive a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Beerman belongs to a canon of 20th-century female artists who, because of their gender, have been all but forgotten in a male-dominated art world.

Miriam Beerman: Expressing the chaos, a 53-minute documentary about Beerman and her work, will be screened in the exhibition space at Rechnitz Hall DiMattio Gallery at Monmouth University Center for the Arts on December 11, the exhibition’s closing day. A screening of the film will begin at 12pm, followed by a 1pm-4pm reception that will include informal discussions with guest curator James Yarosh of the James Yarosh & Associates Gallery in Holmdel, New Jersey. The film will continue to be shown in an adjoining room during reception hours.

From now until the end of the show, individuals and small groups can book appointments for Fine Art Conversations with Yarosh. The ‘Conversations’ offer a unique opportunity to further explore Beerman’s work and engage in intimate conversations about the nearly 20 large format canvases on display.

Motivated by the social injustice seen around her, Beerman highlights the horror and pathos of human inhumanity. While her voice is strong and her artistic vision unique, it is her empathetic wisdom and unyielding will to expand dialogue through her art that makes Beerman a pioneer. With the re-examination of her work in the exhibition and Yarosh’s sensibility to storytelling in the curation, the themes prove timeless and resonate just as much today as they did when they were created in the 20th century.

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“Part of the joy of being a gallery owner is sharing my discoveries about art,” says Yarosh. “For example, during a recent conversation, Visitor and I discussed how Miriam had the ability to turn empathy into art. A master colorist and someone who used all of her physicality in her artistic creation, she focused on humanistic themes as someone whose role was to be a witness of her time. In Miriam’s hands, themes of humanity – man versus the world – were transformed into a story about the shared experiences of men, women and children. Part of this world was also a special sensitivity to animals and a call for humans to recognize their responsibility towards all living things and the impact of our actions on them.

“The expansion of such perspectives leads to a more nuanced dialogue within the paintings,” Yarosh continues. “As original as Miriam’s art is at times, she always finds beauty in the dark. It’s all there to see; one only has to look past the armor of Miriam’s uncompromising identity as a born artist who doesn’t ask to be liked, only to be respected. Her art is that of an intellectual, and she represents an artist in struggle, one who constantly charged forward with great discipline, using her wits to lead the way.”

Monmouth University Center for the Arts presents film screenings and art talks at the conclusion of the Miriam Beerman exhibition

Yarosh says that when you look at Beerman’s colossal paintings — “heavy with color, laden with subject” — people can’t help but be moved. “When you see these humanistic-expressionist works silently existing and bearing the weight of the world, you begin to understand the gallery’s presentation,” explains Yarosh, a gallerist who has been fueled by curatorial activism in recent years.

“As I was describing Miriam’s art with clients, it struck me that these words also describe the role of 20th-century female artists whose voices have been suppressed in favor of male artists – and the role of women in a patriarchal society,” he says . “If our art history is male-dominated and the artists before us are our teachers, we only get half the lessons to be learned. We have the opportunity to do better. This presentation with Monmouth University allows the conversations to continue and engage a younger generation.”

An exhibition catalog for Miriam Beerman: 1923-2022 NOTHING HAS CANGED, available upon request, includes contributions from New York gallery owner Mitchell Algus, artist Heather L. Barone (a student and longtime assistant of Beerman), and Corey Dzenko and Theresa Grupico of Monmouth University Department of Art and Design. View the catalog here.

To book an appointment for Fine Art Conversations at Monmouth University, contact Yarosh at [email protected] or visit www.jamesyarosh.com. The James Yarosh Associates Fine Art & Interior Design Gallery in Holmdel is open every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm and by appointment. An accompanying exhibition of Miriam Beerman’s work on paper and collage art is also available as part of the gallery’s HOLIDAY SHOW with extended open house on December 3rd and 4th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and on December 10th from 12:00pm: 00 to 16:00 to see: 00:00.

Miriam Beerman studied painting at the Rhode Island School for Design, where she earned a BFA. She then spent two years in France on a Fulbright scholarship, worked in Atelier 17 and had her paintings criticized by Marcel Brion. In New York she studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and Adja Yunkers at the New School for Social Research. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Everson Museum.

Beerman’s work can be seen in many major collections including the Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, LACMA, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in England, MEAM in Spain, the Israel Museum and soon the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC Beerman’s painting “Scorpio” is currently on view as part of The Vault Show exhibition at the University of Arizona Museum of Art until Fall 2022.


The founding of the DiMattio Gallery was also celebrated with the opening of the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall at Monmouth University. Dedicated in 2013, the DiMattio Gallery is named in honor of Professor Vincent DiMattio, who has been a teacher and artist at Monmouth University since 1968. This two-story, state-of-the-art gallery offers nearly 2,000 square feet of exhibition space. In addition to presenting student exhibitions, the DiMattio Gallery has recently shown exhibits such as “Bruce Springsteen, A Photographic Journey” and the collections of Jacob Landau and Robert Mueller.


Founded in 1996, the James Yarosh Associates Gallery was founded in Holmdel, New Jersey and remains true to its vision: to represent art for art’s sake and to curate gallery collections and carefully present art and interior design specifications with an artist’s eye and understanding. Yarosh, an artist and well-publicized interior designer, offers a large gallery and design center where clients can meet other like-minded people just an hour outside of Manhattan.

As a designer, Yarosh travels the world, studying how the greatest museums display their art and visiting artists’ homes to understand how the artists themselves live with their art. This study, large and small, helps inform Yarosh’s work with his clients. His unique approach – coupled with his work in show homes and experience on large home design projects of over 20,000 square meters – has resulted in his designs being featured in regional and international magazines.

Yarosh champions what greatness looks like in art, and its destination gallery showcases the work of both new and established, museum-recognized and deserving artists in a space designed to replicate the intimacy of an artist’s home. Recent exhibitions such as Miriam Beerman – REDISCOVER (2022), The Humanist Show (2021), Sheba Sharrow: History Repeats (2020) and the New York art fair Art on Paper (2021) help promote the idea of ​​art as intellectual engagement , which ranks above all decoration in the design hierarchy and contributes exponentially to the experience of living with art.

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