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Summer greetings to all.  This June, I was invited by the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to create a wood block print to benefit the center. I worked with master printer Andrew Mockler from Jungle Press Editions. Provincetown, for a long time, has been an amazing nexus of creative personalities. I was staying in the barn where Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell painted in the 1940s. Eugene O’Neil‘s early plays were produced by the Provincetown Players. And Hans Hofmann taught at his famous summer art school there for many summers.  Amid all this rich history,  a group of artists, mostly women,  created a unique form of color wood cut prints in Provincetown. My favorite of these artists was Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956).  She was a great artist not widely known outside the world of printmaking and she was also a  true bohemian spirit.
Andrew and I researched white line woodcuts, and he devised a contemporary technique to replicate them using one wood block, inked with various colors, run only once through the press.  Consistent with my current studio explorations, I selected for the image a single aloe plant, vigorous and upstanding, succulent but armored. Over our work time there, we created the block and proofed many  color variants utilizing the same single woodblock, of which these are two of our favorites.  Once editioned, the prints will be available from junglepress.com.

 

Right: Blanche Lazelle, “Provincetown Studios,” white line color wood cut, 1933. Image courtesy: TheOldPrintShop.com

Dorothy Browdy Kushner Red mid 1960s

Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Red, casein on board, 40×30″, mid 60s.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’d like to pay tribute to my own mother by introducing  a project I’ve been working on for quite some time.

Dorothy Browdy Kushner was a committed and skilled California modernist painter. She was my first teacher, critic and supporter. For the last year, I have assembled  images of her work and biographical text into a website on her work.  I hope that this will serve to introduce her and her diverse works  to those interested in what women were painting in an earlier era.  I am convinced that there are many more stories like hers out there that are owed their due–women who painted from their hearts with gusto and intelligence, whose work is worth reassessment and enjoyment.  I invite you to peruse and enjoy  Dorothy’s artwork (and life) online. Your feedback and thoughts are welcome.
http://www.dorothybrowdykushner.com
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, especially those whose creative work blended seamlessly with their commitments to motherhood to serve as an inspiration to those of us who have followed them.

 

KushnerTexasGallery

 

Robert Kushner: Paintings & Collages
May 14 through June 20, 2015
Opening Thursday, May 14, 6-8pm
Texas Gallery
2012 Peden Street
Houston, Texas 77019

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Holly and Horace Solomon’s Living Room

Some time in the mid 1970s, Holly Solomon, always a defiant arbiter of good taste, decided that her golden yellow sofa needed recovering. Instead of pursuing her goal in a traditional way, she invited Kim MacConnel, whose work she had been collecting along with my own, to paint on it instead. Kim created a true work of art, a touchstone for his further explorations in furniture re-purposing.  To the left of the couch is a later MacConnel end-table-cum-lamp.  I decorated the blue silk throw pillow with acrylic pastry tube extrusion to try to match the exuberance of Kim’s couch. Some time later, Holly and Horace acquired my acrylic on cotton painting, Happy Hour (acrylic on cotton, 1980), and soon thereafter completely redecorated their living room. Happy Hour on the wall (replacing three Roy Lichtenstein Cathedral paintings), the couch and lamp/table in front, and a marvelous Ken Price ceramic  completed the ensemble. Voilà. Maximum impact for a New York drawing room.

Featured in New York Magazine‘s Spring Design 2015: “18 Architects and Interior Designers on Their Favorite Rooms of All Time,” April 20, 2015.

 

 

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 Two Pink Roses, 2011, oil, gold leaf and acrylic on book pages, 18 1/4 x 25″

 

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Offramp Gallery is pleased to present
Patois
a solo exhibition of works on paper by Robert Kushner
April 12 – May 17, 2015
Opening reception: Sunday, April 12, from 2-5 pm

In the more than 40 works in Patois, Kushner juxtaposes broad bands of gold leaf and gestural painted flowers with ephemera — including ancient texts in myriad languages, as well as musical scores, book covers, end papers, postage stamps and illustrations. He creates an exotic garden woven from many languages that ultimately speaks in one lively, unique voice.

Offramp Gallery
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.298.6931
jane@offrampgallery.com

Gallery Talk with Robert Kushner, “Robert Kushner: baroque,” DC Moore Gallery

January 31, 2015

Gallery Talk with Robert Kushner On his exhibition Robert Kushner: baroque January 8 – February 14, 2015

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Robert Kushner, “Baroque,” DC Moore Gallery, January 8-February 7, 2015

November 2, 2014

Join Robert Kushner for the Opening Reception of “Baroque” Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 6-8pm Exhibition dates: January 8 – February 7, 2015 DC Moore Gallery 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 Order the catalog “Robert Kushner: Baroque” Essay by Faye Hirsch. 56 pages with color illustrations. DC Moore Gallery, 2014.

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Some Collages on View at Texas Gallery, 9.4 – 10.11 2014

September 24, 2014

Robert Kushner, “Two Red Rembrandts”, 2014 Collage, gold leaf, acrylic and oil on paper, 36 x 18″ SOME COLLAGES SEPTEMBER 4 – OCTOBER 11, 2014 TEXAS GALLERY 2012 PEDEN ST. HOUSTON, TX 77019

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Treasures, Souvenirs, Memories

August 28, 2014

Robert Kushner -Treasures, Souvenirs, Memories- New Collages Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Osaka, Japan Wednesday, October 1  -  Saturday, October 25, 2014  Artist Talk: Friday, October 24, 5-6pm. Reception to follow.   Treasures, Souvenirs, Memories One of the claims made for collage when it was first introduced by the Cubist painters in 1912 was that it rooted the art works firmly […]

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Robert Kushner’s “Queen Anne’s Lace” 2014

June 22, 2014

 Robert Kushner, Queen Anne’s Lace, oil, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas, 84″ x 60″, 2014 I think that I learned to rely on concept from a very early age.  As a child, I was never very good at coloring inside the lines. I remember coloring with my second grade friend David Jackson.  David always got a lot […]

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