By Kevork Keushkerian
LOS ANGELES — Two extraordinary events marked the weekend of September 26 to be memorable for the many members and friends of Tekeyan Cultural Association in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
The first one was the presentation of the newly-published art book of surrealist Jean Kazandjian and the exhibition of his recent paintings. It was organized by Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Los Angeles Chapter, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary of its inception. It took place on Saturday, September 26, at the Boyadjian Hall of the Armenian General Benevolent Union’s Manoogian complex in Pasadena.
A capacity crowd was gathered there to admire the many works of the famous artist, who was there in person with his wife, Christine and two sons. Notable among the art connoisseurs were Very Rev. Baret Yeretzian, representing Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, painter Joseph Jeraco with his wife, as well as Prof. Osheen Keshishian of the Armenian Observer, and many others.
Master of Ceremonies Parsegh Kartalian welcomed the audience in three languages: Armenian, English and French, as the artist currently resides in France. He then introduced Gloria Orenstein, professor of comparative literature at the University of Southern California, to present the book and the artist.
The most attractive of the works was a huge masterpiece, hung on the wall behind the podium, named “Victory.” It was composed of nine diagonal pieces, put together in three sections. One could see the head in the middle section, with two stretched hands in the adjoining sections, giving the impression of a soaring eagle. This was no surprise to the audience, as the artist is an architect, by profession.