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
Visitor
72×72 inches
Oil, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas
2017
 
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

 

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

 
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 the boundaries of his compositions, infusing his iconic, organic imagery with vibrant color and increased geometric precision in a lyrical synthesis of styles and techniques.

Underscoring the evocative title of the catalogue’s essay, “Do REAL Men Paint Flowers?,” the exhibition seeks to disrupt the narrative surrounding the decorative while exploring the importance of beauty in contemporary art. In paintings such as Bossa Nova (2015), Ahavah (2016), and Nasturtiums­–Hot Season (2016), Kushner’s defining grid-like backgrounds have grown increasingly pronounced, as he employs a bold, energized palette of brilliant pinks, purples, and yellows that imbue this body of work with new vigor. “…I began to consider how I could introduce a more raucous color sense, and increase of scale of the individual floral and foliate elements so that they might go spilling off the confines of the canvas,” the artist explains. 

These tensions between the figurative and the abstract, achieved through interplays of organic movement and geometric configurations, are in full evidence in works such as Spring Rain (2016) and the artist’s monumental Tenderness (2015). At times the work’s imagery, created with oil and acrylic paint with gold leaf, evokes Matisse’s botanical cutouts, while their bright, vertical bands of color uncannily call to mind the works of Barnett Newman and Ellsworth Kelly. Reflecting on these fluid interchanges, Kushner wittily muses in the exhibition’s catalogue: “So, are geometry and botany at peace? In dialogue? At each other’s throats? I would like to think that when I am done after working on it for weeks and sometimes months, there is an interesting and intentionally confusing juxtaposition between pure abstraction and linear form—that they each balance one another and create their own tightrope act.”

The accompanying catalogue to the exhibition highlights these new developments through a series of thought-provoking questions posed to the artist by notable individuals in fields ranging from the art historical and creative to the spiritual and culinary realms. These included curators and art critics, two museum directors, a poet, a rabbi, a restaurateur, and a diplomat. Their inquiries covered a wide spectrum of Kushner’s artistic concerns and brought new critical insights into the artist’s ongoing body of work.

Robert Kushner has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum, in New York, and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art. His work is featured in public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern, London, England; and the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. Publications on Kushner’s work include the monograph Gardens of Earthly Delight (Hudson Hills Press, 1997) with essays by Alexandra Anderson and Holland Cotter, and Wild Gardens by Michael Duncan (Pomegranate, 2006). In 2012, Kushner was the editor of an important volume of art criticism by Amy Goldin (1926-1978) titled Amy Goldin: Art in a Hairshirt (Hudson Hills).

 

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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 own personal reference to some of the very early Matisse still lives where the oranges, lemons and carafes are going to be completely overwhelmed by the blue and white background textile as soon as Henri turns his back.
This and other new pieces will be shown at:
“Perennials and Portraits”

February 9 – March 11, 2017

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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Oxbow School Students Create Mural with Robert Kushner

April 13, 2016

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 […]

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Oxbow School Spring Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Robert Kushner

March 16, 2016

Robert Kushner Tuesday, March 22, 7pm Visiting Artist Lecture Oxbow School, Napa, CA Since 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 […]

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