On October 30th, an opening reception was held honoring the return of Theodore Conrath to the world of art. The turnout was greater than expected and conversations around the brooding, forgotten artworks spilled over the allotted hours of the show and into Pete's Tavern across the street. While it's taken a lot to get Ted's work to this stage, it is hopefully only the beginning.
The curator, Robert Yahner, has described the reaction to Theodore's story as, "overwhelming." The public has another month and a half to see these extraordinary paintings in person. They will be on display at the National Arts Club until January 3rd. What happens after that is up in the air. But that is where dreams lie.
If there was ever a story worth telling, the multi-generational tale of promise, adversity and art that is the Conrath journey is one. Don't miss out on seeing an exhibition in word and art that will open you up to one of the great forgotten artists of the 20th Century.
Photos - Jim Metzger.