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.
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.




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

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.




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



Offramp Gallery is pleased to present
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

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

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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Robert Kushner and Shark’s Ink: New Prints, 2014

June 5, 2014

Last January, I was invited to work with master printer Bud Shark in his Hawaii studio in Holualoa on the Big Island.  I had worked there with Bud before, but this time we both wanted to something new and  different. Basing our project on some of our studio experiments in Lyons, Colorado, and on the […]

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