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Photo: Oren Flor

R. B. Kitaj
Born 1932 in Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
The Archaeologist, 1997–98
oil paint on canvas
72 x 24 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1998.6
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Throughout his career, Kitaj has experimented with a variety of styles, and his work is rich with references to historical events, art history, literature, and philosophy. He left the United States in the 1950s to study in England, where he worked with many British artists including David Hockney. He returned to America in the late 1990s, the phase of his career in which Kitaj executed the Museum's painting The Archaeologist.