Upon examining the pricey collages ($7,500 each) such as Backless Dress (19 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches), I took note that Joffe uses Canson paper and clear glue. While she studied with Peter Doig at the Master’s Program of the Royal College of Art, I believe her paintings emanate from collage rather than from his syntactical brushstroke. There, her collages are morphed into a Cubist language where somehow, she takes on less of a martyrdom role. Joffe’s role in the art world entitles her to become the target in between of which are her paintings. In fact, in order for her to construct her images, Joffe encounters this singular split which is in play between the art world and the fashion world. Peace and order in art may have vanished, existing only in the old schools left behind in pre-art history. No longer do mortal defilements and the cycle from birth to death relate to religious piety. In Joffe’s hands, the two worlds become intertwined.
Claudia Schwalb graduated from Pratt Institute in 1974. She was an emerging artist during the Minimalist movement in the 1970's. She was raised in New York City during the Abstract Expressionist era. Claudia was the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at The Clocktower/P.S.1 in 1977. Claudia went on to write for Barbara Rose's Journal of Art and was one of the Contributing Editors of Cover/Arts New York along with John Yau and Judd Tully (Editor-at-Large for Arts & Auction). She was Curator of the Knitting Factory and a television news transcriber for Peter Jennings' World News Tonight. Subsequently, Claudia transcribed two movies, "Refuge" and "Interview with the Dalai Lama" which played at the Quad last year. email@example.com