Adam Fainbarg, Post Baccalaureate Fine Art, '14
Last year, I visited Warsaw during winter and saw how the city is in the midst of exciting cultural developments. Although the Museum of the History of Polish Jews had yet to open, I was fortunately able to view the newly opened Gallery of 20th and 21st Century Art at the National Museum. What a find! I was floored by the collection of 20th century abstract, avant-garde, and expressionist paintings, as if I had stumbled upon a long, lost chamber of modern masters. I wish to study the collection and archives of the National Museum in Warsaw to further expand my education of modern and contemporary art history. This gallery is significant as it is one of the few museum collections in Poland that is not fragmentary but truly comprehensive in scope. A Research Development Grant would allow me to further my education upon completion of my Certificate program. Furthermore, I hope to gain artistic inspiration that will inform my studio practice as an abstract painter. The National Museum has provided me a letter of invitation to research their collection and the grant will serve as an important introduction to Polish Art and help me become more familiar with this historically overlooked canon.