Sidney Chavetz

Sidney Chavetz
1922 –

The etchings of Sidney Chavetz are a serious study into the darker side of human nature but, at the same time, exude a brash sense of humor sometimes bordering on burlesque. His themes can be categorized into social and political commentary. A subject he often returned to was academia. A long time professor of art at Ohio State University, Chavetz enjoyed lampooning the sacred cows of university life while, at the same time, holding education in great regard.

Large size etchings were typical of his work and icons such as Mickey Mouse and smiling apes were images he used frequently. Many of his prints include text of quotations from great thinkers of the past. Along with their larger than average size, the inclusion of text gives them a poster-like appearance.

Chavetz graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and did additional studies in France at the L’Ecole des Beaux Artes at Fountainebleau He taught for 40 years at the Ohio State University, He was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship and, later, was a senior Fullbright lecturer. He remained an active artist after his retirement from the University.

His work is in the Smithsonian Institution; Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Wright State University in Detroit; Brown University; Columbus( Ohio ) Museum of Art; New York Public Library: and the Cleveland Museum of Art,

signed in pencil in margin
# 36 of an edition of 40
Archivally matted and framed
Image size 12” x 18” including signature area
Framed size 22” x 29”