The tripods are barely packed and the Op-Eds hardly written when a postcard arrives from DeLancey, N.Y., artist Sara Gilbert (probably not theRoseanne star) announcing the exhibition of two of her paintings, which she is offering as a “tribute to the recently signed peace accords between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The “hopeful vision” printed on the card, Mideast Peace Party (1992), is a painting that depicts Jews and Palestinians chatting and frolicking together, guns smashed to pieces on the ground. In the top left and bottom right corners of the work, the Israeli flag is pictured; the other two corners sport the Palestinian flag.
While the work may soothe tensions in troubled times, at 48-by-48 inches it is not quite sofa-size. Smart art shoppers might do better to check out the discount oil-painting bazaars that occur on weekends at suburban Holiday Inns. Otherwise, Gilbert’s peace offering can be viewed at the Mahler Gallery.