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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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 for the many newly built royal palaces, such as Versailles.  With only brief interruptions the weavers have been weaving ever since.

In recent times, Gobelins has commissioned many important contemporary artists to create tapestry designs.  Picasso, Matisse, Odilon Redon, Raul Dufy, Alexander Calder, Sonia Delaunay and Shirley Jaffe have all supplied drawings or paintings which were brilliantly translated into tapestries.

In the summer of 2012 I toured the factory, observing how the maquettes were translated for the weavers, how the colors were meticulously matched, and how the weavers were working for one or two years to create each design.  I spent some time in their museum of historical tapestries, learning and thinking about just what I wanted to see them make with my designs.

My designs for a tapestry were created at home in my New York studio. The images are of my house plants such as euphorbia and begonia. Impressed with the weavers’ ability to depict gold, I made prominent use of gold leaf in the maquette. When my design was approved, work began, matching the colors and then weaving samples. Here are the first swatches. Now, with my approval, work will begin. For now, these samples serve as a tempting appetizer.

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Robert Kushner
November 14 – January 31, 2016
Svendborg, Denmark
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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 Kushner, Composition in Green and Pink, 1982, mylar and dotted Swiss reverse appliqué on printed cotton.  Photo by Pablo Enriquez for MoMA PS1.

 

Robert Kushner, Samba Class, 1982, acrylic on cotton with sequin and mylar reverse appliqué. Photo by Pablo Enriquez for MoMA PS1.

 

 

334-500-002_ByoboIIRobert Kushner, Byobo II, 2015, monoprint, unique collage with screened colors, 34 x 60 inches.

P A C E  P R I N T S


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Tuesday, October 6, 6-8pm

September 10 – October 10, 2015

32 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022

Robert Kushner, Kansetsu Garden and Museum, Kyoto, Japan

July 23, 2015

Robert Kushner TENDERNESS AND THORNS September 1 – September 27, 2015 Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto, Japan I was commissioned to create a large scale installation piece (above), Camellias and Cacti, painted on transparent fabric, measuring 12’x 42′, which will hang freely in the middle of Kansetsu’s Atelier. It will be exhibited, along […]

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Wood Block Print, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

June 18, 2015

                    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 […]

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Dorothy Browdy Kushner – California Modernist Painter

May 5, 2015

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 […]

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Robert Kushner: Paintings and Collages, Texas Gallery, May 14 – June 20

May 1, 2015

    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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Robert Kushner’s “Happy Hour,” Holly Solomon’s Living Room, New York Magazine

April 25, 2015

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 […]

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