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Jane Kaplowitz, Announcement Card, An Artist’s Studio, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 48 × 48".

Jane Kaplowitz

Fortnight Institute

Embedded in the nebulous and frequently exasperating terrain of emotional labor is the work of keeping up appearances. For the romantic partners of powerful people—often the wives of men—these efforts usually germinate into an alter ego that plays the dual role of host and companion. Jane Kaplowitz’s exhibition “RSVP: Jane Rosenblum (1977–2018)” paid tribute to this performance of self. Kaplowitz was married to the renowned art historian Robert Rosenblum, some twenty years her senior, who died in 2006. Over the course of their relationship, the artist found herself at the center of the art world while also building a more private studio practice. This exhibition, Kaplowitz’s first solo show in nineteen years, prominently featured works that appropriated ephemera from the Rosenblums’ social life, which toggled between bohemia and the institutions that traditionally determine artistic value.

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