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Louisa Bertman & "American Idiot"

Posted by Alex Beam  April 29, 2010 02:48 PM

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Bertman.jpgI've always enjoyed local artist/illustrator Louisa Bertman's pieces, and she has created an interesting new work -- at left -- for the Broadway musical "American Idiot," created from the famous Green Day album. (Not from the famous Charlie Pierce book with a remarkably similar name.)

Bertman explains this artwork: "This is a signed and numbered limited edition print (30" x 30" pen. ink. watercolor, new media canvas on wood panel) commissioned by Producer Larry Kaye. It was created for American Idiot's Director Michael Mayer, Music Orchestrator/Supervisor Tom Kitt, Choreographer Stephen Hoggett, Producers Ira Pittleman, & Tom Hulce, as well as Tré Cool, Mike Dirnst, & Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day for their private collection in congratulations for American Idiot's opening night on Broadway.

Bertman neithers hypes nor hides the fact that her father is architect and sculptor Richard Bertman, a founder of CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, which has designed some of Boston's most, um, noticeable facades, e.g., the "R2D2 bulding" on Huntington Avenue. Her Dad is a marvelously creative sculptor -- father and daughter have exhibited together -- and, some might argue, is a more talented artist than architect.

And he has a good sense of humor.

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