FullSizeRender-2Robert Kushner, Peony Triumphant, 72 x 72 inches, 2016

 

Peonies only exist in red, pink and white.
Their season is absurdly short.
They require seriously cold winters to incubate their amazing profusion.
Their true glory is unknown to those in overly temperate climes.
To crown their abundance of petals, they are redolent with divine fragrance.
Smell is too common a word.
Whenever I gaze into a full blown peony, I (and many others) become instantly, irreversibly intoxicated.

— Robert Kushner

Emerging From the Shadows, A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, CoverI am so proud to see my mother, Dorothy Browdy Kushner’s works in print, listed with over 300 of her women colleagues. Below are some of the images recently published in Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California 1860-1960.  This four volume reference set has been a decades-long labor of love for the two authors, Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman.
To learn more about California Modernist Dorothy Browdy Kushner, visit:
DorothyBrowdyKushner.com
Click on the pages below to enlarge.
Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Emerging From the Shadows Sp 1
Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Emerging From the Shadows, sp 2
It was wonderful to visit Napa, CA in the riotous height of spring and particularly inspiring to work with a wildly talented, spirited, goofy, wonderful group of high school students.   Gathered together from all across the country for this one semester art immersion and academic program, I hope they learned some things, but I know that I felt renewed and restored by their optimism and buoyant energy. Drawing, drawing, painting the myriad of wild flowers and garden flowers at hand, then collectively composing and collaging this collection of blossoms done by the entire group was an education for them and a thrill for me.
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“This week, Robert Kushner has expanded Oxbow students’ knowledge on botanical art and art
itself during his ten day residency. Just finishing the two­ week research project, Project­X,
students were introduced to Kushner by a couple of sticks, jars of ink and flowers. They learned
how to sharpen sticks into fountain pens in order to observationally paint flowers on thin
Japanese paper. Kushner draws a lot of his inspiration from traditional Japanese art and his
interest in the natural world. His work is nationally acclaimed as the catalyst for the Pattern and
Decoration movement where his natural elements are placed in abstract and geometric
atmospheres which ultimately contributes to both a decorative and modernist style. His visit
ended with a large­scaled accumulation of the flowers on a big slab of wood to create the effect
of a dream garden. Preparing for Spring Break, Oxbow students are enjoying the sunny Napa
days and are finally finishing up big research papers and projects in their Humanities classes.
After Spring Break, the Oxbow School will readily enter its conquest into Final Projects!”
– Emily Y., student

Robert Kushner
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm
Visiting Artist Lecture
Oxbow School, Napa, CA

oxbow_LargeSucculentGardenP1230blast_1Since participating in the early years of the Pattern and Decoration Movement in the 1970’s, Robert Kushner has continued to address controversial issues involving decoration. Kushner draws from a unique range of influences, and his work combines organic representational elements with abstracted geometric forms in a way that is both decorative and modernist. He has said, “Decoration, an abjectly pejorative dismissal for many, is a very big, somewhat defiant declaration for me . . . . The eye can wander, the mind think unencumbered through visual realms that are expansively and emotionally rich. Decoration has always had its own agenda, the sincere and unabashed offering of pleasure and solace.” On his collages specifically, Kushner writes: “I want to make [my pieces] as diffused and confusing as possible. I want the viewer to time travel as broadly as possible. And so I include papers from as many languages, cultures, times, and places as I can which become a part of the content of the work. In all likelihood no one individual could read all the languages in each collage. Instead of concrete cognition we arrive at a mist of unknowing.”

Kushner’s work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan and has been included three times in the Whitney Biennial and twice at the Biennale in Venice. He was the subject of solo exhibitions at both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. A mid-career retrospective of his work was organized by the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art. Kushner’s works are included in many prominent public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; National Gallery of Art, DC; Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC; Tate Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Denver Art Museum; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence; J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, St. Petersburg; and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Image: Robert Kushner, Large Succulent Garden, 2014, oil and acrylic on joined paper, 54 3/4 x 33 1/2 inches

Robert Kushner: Paintings & Works on Paper
March 12 – April 23, 2016

ROBERT KUSHNER, JOHNNY-JUMP-UP I 2014 10x10 KUS P1303
Please join Jerald Melberg Gallery for an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Robert Kushner. In this recent body of work, Kushner continues expanding the style he has worked in for decades: boldly colored, opulent paintings patterned with flowers and plant forms. The exhibition also includes a series of mixed media collages composed of elements from varied times and worldly locales, overlaid with minimalist flora forms.

Coffee & Conversation
with 
Robert Kushner
Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am

Jerald Melberg Gallery
625 South Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
704.365.3000
ROBERT KUSHNER SUNGARDEN II 2015 30x60 KUS 0543

ROBERT KUSHNER HUNTINGTON LIBRARY CACTUS GARDEN II 2014 30x37 KUS P1231

Images:
(top) Robert Kushner, Johnny Jump Up I, collage, ink and acrylic, 10 x 10 inches, 2014
(center) Robert Kushner, Sungarden II, oil, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas, 30 x 60 inches, 2015
(bottom) Robert Kushner, Huntington Library Cactus Garden II, collage, ink, gold leaf and acrylic, 30 x 37 inches, 2014

Listen to Robert Kushner’s Gallery Talk a Jerald Melberg Gallery:

Robert Kushner, “Tenderness”

December 11, 2015

Motifs can remain the same, but intentions often change over time.  The mood of 2014 becomes different in 2015.  “Tenderness and Thorns” mellows to “Tenderness.”  “Cacti and Camellias” turns into only pure white camellias.  Here is a brand new (nearly finished) painting:  “Tenderness,” 102″x 256″, oil and acrylic on seven panels.    

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Robert Kushner Tapestry Designs: Manufacture des Gobelins

November 24, 2015

In 2011, I was contacted by Manufacture des Gobelins, perhaps the most prestigious tapestry weaving house today, to inquire whether I might create a design to be woven into one of their tapestries.  Gobelins was created in the 1600s at the initiative of  Henry IV and was expanded under Louis XIV in 1662 to create tapestries […]

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Robert Kushner: Flora Mundus, Galleri DGV, Denmark

November 10, 2015

Robert Kushner FLORA MUNDUS November 14 – January 31, 2016 Galleri DGV Svendborg, Denmark

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Robert Kushner selected for “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1, 2015

October 8, 2015

Three works by Robert Kushner have been selected for “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1. Robert Kushner’s Samba Class (1982)  featured in “Why ‘Greater New York Matters’ for the International Art World” by Ben Davis for Artnet News.  Robert Kushner, Torrid Dreams, 1984, acrylic, silk and cotton appliqué on cotton.  Photo by Pablo Enriquez for MoMA PS1.  Robert […]

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Robert Kushner: New Monoprints on view at Pace Prints 9.10-10.10.15

September 3, 2015

Robert Kushner, Byobo II, 2015, monoprint, unique collage with screened colors, 34 x 60 inches. P A C E  P R I N T S -Reception- Tuesday, October 6, 6-8pm Robert Kushner: New Monoprints September 10 – October 10, 2015 Pace Prints  32 East 57th Street New York, NY 10022 …

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