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are from the
Estate of Eudice Shapiro.
Eudice Shapiro was
the world's most famous woman violinist
JAY AND EUDICE
WERE BEST BUDDIES.
JAY ALSO WAS A
GOOD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY.
THIS TRAY WAS MADE
IT'S ONE OF A FEW
DIFFERENT ONES WE HAVE.
echo the surrealist collage movement brought to New York from Europe
in the1940's. Rivkin initially worked in pencil drawings,
combining them with collage and acrylic and eventually focusing on
collage and assemblage work. Through the juxtaposition of
disparate elements, she brings pencil drawings together with newspaper
clippings, boxes, dollar bills, flags and military badges, combining
her aesthetic strengths and sure structuring of form.
Rivkin's commentary on American culture and values is often
unflattering but intriguing in it's honesty. Her witty imagery
allows for the insertion of serious political issues, the addressing
of our worst fears- recycling, social issues and the part that
economics play in daily life in addition to her personal experience.
Her assemblages compel the viewer to ponder such issues as the inanity
of war, the plight of the homeless and the waning of the dollar's
value abroad. She also addresses the role of art and artists in a
society geared toward conquest and profit. Jay Rivkin unveils
the truths she has arrived at, inviting us to question our assemblage
of ideas and convictions.
She is the author of numerous books and a major contributor to
Jay Rivkin passed on in September of 2006 at the age of 90.
A violinist and USC music teacher,
she spent 23 years playing in studios and was the first female
concertmaster in a studio orchestra.
Eudice Shapiro, a violinist,
chamber musician, recording artist and USC faculty member since
1956, died of natural causes Sept. 17 at her home in Studio City.
She was 93 and had been teaching at the USC Thornton School as
recently as May, said a spokeswoman for the school.
Shapiro was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1914. She began
studying violin with her father when she was 5, won her first prize
when she was 10 and began her solo career with the Buffalo
Philharmonic when she was 12.
She studied with Gustave Tinlot at the Eastman School of Music in
Rochester, N.Y., and with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of
Music in Philadelphia.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1941 to begin a 23-year career playing
in Hollywood studios for Paramount, United Artists and RKO. She was
the first female concertmaster in any studio orchestra, beginning at
RKO, and by March 1943 was concurrently con- certmaster at
She also began playing for the adventurous Evenings on the Roof
series, the predecessor of the Monday Evening Concert series, in
1943 as a member of the newly formed American Art Quartet, which
included violinist Robert Sushel, violist Virginia Majewski and
Shapiro's first husband, cellist Victor Gottlieb, who died in 1963.
On both series and at the Ojai Music Festival, she premiered works
by Aaron Copland, Ingolf Dahl, Lou Harrison, Darius Milhaud and Igor
Stravinsky, who became a friend until his death in 1971.
Shapiro appeared as a soloist under conductors Eugene Goossens,
Fritz Reiner and William Steinberg and played in chamber ensembles
that included Artur Schnabel, Bruno Walter, Lili Kraus, Rudolf
Firkusny and Milhaud.
Her USC colleagues included cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, violist
William Primrose and violinists Jascha Heifetz and Midori Goto. She
also taught for 17 years at summer music festivals in Aspen, Colo.;
Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Manchester, Vt.
Shapiro recorded for Columbia Masterworks, Crystal Records, Vanguard
and New World. In November, Crystal Records reissued her recording
of works by Stravinsky and Lukas Foss with the American Art Quartet
and pianist Brooks Smith.
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