Aug 26th – Oct 31st: Photo Exhibit of Valentin Gertsman

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WHEN: August 26 – October 31, 2011

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday August 26, 2011 at 7:30pm

Beverages will be served.

WHERE: RCC “Our Texas”, CaviArt Gallery, 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

Free admission. All works are available for sale.

To call the work of Dr. Valentin Gertsman remarkable would be an understatement.  A surgeon turned photographer, Dr. Gertsman has earned respect and support of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums.

Born in Moscow in 1925, Dr. Gertsman endured the repression of Communism, the brutality of war, and the estrangement of his family. In 1974, he left his esteemed position as Deputy Chief of Orthopedics of the USSR to begin a new life in America.

Inspired by the architecture of Philip Johnson, Dr. Gertsman has transfigured Houston’s most treasured monuments into dazzling metaphors that continue to amaze and exalt the audiences around the world. With surgical precision, he captures the mystery of the city skyline or the invisible surface of a highway as if it were an X-ray of the architectural landscape. Although Dr. Gertsman rarely includes people in his photographs, it is hard to imagine depictions of Houston’s buildings and sculpures that are more alive than his.

Dr. Gertsman’s first professional photo exhibition was held in 1981. Since then, his photographs have been included in shows, publications, museums, and private collections throughout the world. For his contribution to depicting the rise of some of Houston’s most well-known landmarks Dr. Gertsman received three times proclamations and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Houston City Mayors including the present Mayor Annise Parker.

Dr. Gertsman’s photographs have been included in the art collections of the following museums: The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), The Collection of Vatican (Vatican City, Vatican), Tretyakov State Art Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the French National Library (Paris, France)The Menil Collection Museum (Houston, TX), Pushkin Fine Art Museum (Moscow, Russia) and Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany). In addition to Dr. Gertsman`s famous photographs, RCC “Our Texas” will also feature his drawings and sculptures.

Information: 713-395-3301 or e-mail

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

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