Robert Kushner, Big Blue Chador.

Robert Kushner, Big Blue Chador. Performed extensively in Persian Line and Persian Line: Part II in the 1970s. 


A Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition – UC San Diego 
Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D., ‘13 

October 12 – December 7, 2017
Reception, October 12, Thursday, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 4:00 PM,
Open Fridays by Appointment
Closed: November 28 

From the Press Release 

Exploring a segment of the unique early history of the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego, Provoking Change celebrates an extraordinary roster of artists who came to study in San Diego in the early 1970s through the 1990s. Diverse in their approaches, these artists shared a desire to foster change by challenging the narrowly defined avant-garde canon as manifested in the formalism of the 1960s.

Works on view in Provoking Change include painting, sculpture, photography, photomontage, film and video, and text-and-image installations. Standing at the forefront of the Pattern and Decoration Movement, the work of Kim MacConnel and Robert Kushner challenged the conventional idea of painting as a two-dimensional work on canvas. Executed as a kind of cloth hanging, both MacConnel’s Turkish Delight and Kushner’s Big Blue Chador [pictured above] question the long-standing pejorative dismissal of decoration. 

Participating Artists: David Avalos, Becky Cohen, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Brian Dick, Doris Bittar, Kip Fullbeck, Heidi Hardin, Robert Kushner, Fred Lonidier, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Susan Mogul, Allan Sekula, David Avalos/Louis Hock/Elizabeth Sisco (collective), David Avalos/Deborah Small (collective).

Read the full press release here.

So pleased to reveal this new print. 

Jeweled colors. Combining and balancing the sinuous lines of the iris petals with the clarity and order of stripes. Colors overlaying colors to make new ones. The light of the white paper showing through the ink. The amazing variety of intaglio textures.

Robert Kushner, Blue Iris, 2017
five plate aquatint etching with sugar lift, soap ground, and spit bite
plate size 24 x 24 inches, sheet size 30 x 30 inches
edition of 30
published by Wingate Studio

Blue Iris, Robert Kushner, Wingate Studio

Starting plate one of a new color etching with master printer Peter Pettengill at Wingate Studio in Hinsdale, NH. A photo of the prototype at the top and sugar lift applied to a copper plate beneath it. Check back for the final print in a couple of weeks. 

Robert Kushner, Visitor, 2017
Robert Kushner
72×72 inches
Oil, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas
The complex, convoluted nearly anatomical form of irises always gives me a linear challenge. in Visitor, the color is warm to hot, the lines are thin, and appear to disappear from time to time. The chevrons provide a further challenge to the complex forms of the flower petals.
Thanks to all who attended the Opening of “Portraits & Perennials” on a cold and snowy evening, Thursday, February 9th. 
The show continues through March 11 at DC Moore Gallery.
Please stop by. 


Film Credit:  O’Delle Abney of NYC Gallery Openings


Robert Kushner: Portraits & Perennials at DC Moore Gallery, February 9 – March 11

January 24, 2017

Please join me at DC Moore Gallery for the Opening of “Portraits & Perennials.” Thursday, February 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm The show continues through March 11, 2017 ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  PRESS RELEASE  DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Robert Kushner: Portraits & Perennials. In this exhibition of new paintings and works on paper, Kushner extends […]

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Robert Kushner, “Ahavah,” 2016

November 2, 2016

Robert Kushner, Ahavah, 72 x 72 inches, oil, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas, 2016 A new painting. Following a course of thought based on boldness and maximal visual activation. Two raucous coordinating grids of red, pink, yellow, green, blue, black gray, lavender. Then a huge white lily that is nearly being devoured by the background. My […]

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Robert Kushner at Shark’s Ink: “Morning, Noon, Night”

September 2, 2016

Two years ago, I painted a huge painting, Camellias and Cacti, on transparent fabric to install at Hakusasonso Kansetsu Museum in Kyoto, Japan. One year ago,  I made a smaller version on canvas which depicted only camellia flowers and branches.  Bud and Barbara Shark of Shark’s Ink saw it when visiting my studio last November.  We had talked about […]

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Peony Triumphant – Robert Kushner

June 30, 2016

Robert 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 […]

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“Emerging From the Shadows”: Dorothy Browdy Kushner

April 14, 2016

I 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 […]

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