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Jean Seidenberg: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Fifties to the Present

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Jean Seidenberg was 21 when he moved to New Orleans from New York. That was in 1951, and he's been a fixture in local art circles ever since. Best known as a portrait painter, Seidenberg has designed houses as well as Carnival balls, built a bronze foundry and was a founding member of the legendary Orleans Gallery that in the '50s launched the iconic careers of Ida Kohlmeyer, Lin Emery and George Dureau, among others. Reserved and low-key, Seidenberg describes the way he records the people in his " and the city's " life as 'densities of pigment expressing muscle and bone. Does that forehead look and feel as hard as we know it is? This is my game whether painting or drawing." After 57 years, it's a game he's come to know intimately well. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Through April 15

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.com

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