Joe is an American sculptor. Born in New York, Joe attended the Dalton School and Westminster School, University of Virginia, and Columbia University. He continued his studies at The New School, NYU, The Art Students League, The Cooper Union, and the Pratt Institute. Joe’s 30-year career on Wall Street included private banking internships in London, Cologne, and Paris and brokerage training in Brussels and New York. Joe started sculpting as a hobby in 1969 yet it wasn’t until he retired from Wall Street that he dedicated himself to the full-time pursuit of making art.
Since his first exhibition at a local Connecticut gallery in 2011, Joe’s career has catapulted. He has received commissions from Robert Couturier, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Riverside Building in London, the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, and the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Arris building in Washington, D.C., among others. Joe’s sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Gitterman’s sculpture was initially inspired by a love of ballet and modern dance. He states, “I thought about the movements of dancers as a series of frames in an old celluloid film, and how just one of those frames could convey a fantastic sense of motion. I am working to capture this ‘single frame of motion’ in solid sculptures. For me, movement is the breath of life: it releases the power, or subtlety, of any form in repose – the promise of action. My sculpture examines the relationship between fixed form and movement: each sculpture attempts to suggest the transformation that is possible.”
Sculpting maquettes in copper, wax, or acrylic, Gitterman chooses to cast in bronze or fabricate in stainless steel. His work ranges from intimate hand-size pieces to dramatic work well beyond the human scale. The surface texture and color of each piece accentuate either dynamic movement or sensual form. Whether they are clean, crisp stainless steel, bronze with a leather-like patina, or a vibrant yellow knot, they are abstractions and gestures; they are about fluid form. He does not make editions thus each of his works is an original.
Sails, knots, the movement of a dancer; these are the forms in motion that Gitterman attempts to replicate in his sculptures. With each series, he examines the movements of a given form, such as the gesture of a dancer, or the billowing curve of a sail. He then takes these moments and recreates them using a variety of materials. The result is an abstraction that hints at the possibility of movement.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Governors Island, In Defense of the Human Spirit, Curated by West Harlem Art Fund & Studio 80 Sculpture + Sculpture Grounds, New York, NY Governors Island
2022 Invitational Group Exhibition, Art Essex Gallery, Westport, CT
2022 Summer Sculpture Showcase 2022, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme, CT
2021 Members Show 2021, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2020 Summer Sculpture Showcase 2020, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme, CT
2019 Motion: Susan Monserud + Joe Gitterman, Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, CT
2019 The Contemporary Figure, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT
2018 Maquette: The Art of the Model, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2017 Juried Show, 2nd Sculpture prize, Gallery 25, New Milford, CT
2016 Juried Show – Abstraction Part 1, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
2015 Big Art – Juried Sculpture Walk, Hood River, OR
2015 20th Annual Arts in Harmony – International Juried Art Show, Arts Alliance, Elk River, MN
2014 18th Annual Lines Into Shapes – Juried Show, Art Center of Estes Park, CO
2014 Mixed (e)Motions – Juried Show, A/NT Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Juried Exhibition, Katonah Museum Artists’ Association Art Westchester, White Plains, NY
2013 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2013 Juried Show, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2012 The Young Collector – A Group Show, Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
2012 An Anthology of Connecticut Sculptors, West Cove/A -Space Gallery, West Haven, CT
2011 Structurally Sound, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2011 Potential Space, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
2011 2 Person Show: Joe Gitterman and Susan Monserud, Behnke-Doherty Gallery, Washington Depot, CT