Painting

Robert Kushner and Encyclopedia Britannica Cover Flower Series by Robert Kushner

The Encyclopedia Britannica was considered the apex of scholarly writing. The Eleventh Edition of 1918 was generally the most comprehensive of them all. Many years ago  I saved these volumes from being given away or trashed. But in our current age, they are no more than century old relics.  And consequently their elegantly gold stamped leather covers have become the foundation for a series of paintings.

Robert Kushner, Calla Lily, 2018 They grew behind Aunt Sylvia’s house, untended. These miraculous waxen blossoms appearing out of the deep green tropical foliage ever summer.

Robert Kushner, Calla Lily, 2018
They grew behind Aunt Sylvia’s house, untended. These miraculous waxen blossoms appearing out of the deep green tropical foliage ever summer.

Robert Kushner, Euphorbia, 2018 This plant has been with me constantly for nearly forty years, blooming every year, by now growing considerably taller than me, and patiently providing prima donna blossoms for a myriad of paintings over the decades.

Robert Kushner, Euphorbia, 2018
This plant has been with me constantly for nearly forty years, blooming every year, by now growing considerably taller than me, and patiently providing prima donna blossoms for a myriad of paintings over the decades.

Robert Kushner, Petunia, 2018 Such ubiquitous and silly summer bedding flowers, but when you look at just one blossom with their conic form and ruffles, they are amazingly complex.

Robert Kushner, Petunia, 2018
Such ubiquitous and silly summer bedding flowers, but when you look at just one blossom with their conic form and ruffles, they are amazingly complex.

Robert Kushner, Sunflower, 2018 Any flower painter has to deal with Sunflowers and their intense association with van Gogh. It is a challenge to make them my own.

Robert Kushner, Sunflower, 2018
Any flower painter has to deal with Sunflowers and their intense association with van Gogh. It is a challenge to make them my own.

Robert Kushner in conversation with Aliza Edelman by Robert Kushner

Robert Kushner, White Gladiolus - Rainbow Sherbert, 2017.  Oil, acrylic, gold leaf, silk, embroidery, and sequins on canvas, 72 x 72 inches.

Robert Kushner, White Gladiolus - Rainbow Sherbert, 2017.
Oil, acrylic, gold leaf, silk, embroidery, and sequins on canvas, 72 x 72 inches.

From Salome to Redouté
Robert Kushner in conversation with Aliza Edelman,
 Independent Curator and Critic  
Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
DC Moore Gallery
 535 W 22nd Street,  New York, NY 10011 

Please RSVP to skhosla@dcmooregallery.com

Please join Robert Kushner and Aliza Edelman for a lively discussion about the history of ornamentation and decoration. By revisiting the position of “Pattern & Decoration” as both a condition of modernism and as a vital contemporary art practice, they will address the intersection of fashion, dance, and performance as developed in Kushner’s early pieces from the 1970s, and the radicality of his new artworks’ engagement with surface materiality and narratives of textiles and cloth.

Q&A and reception to follow the talk. 

Robert Kushner: Reverie: Duppata-topia on view at DC Moore Gallery through June 16

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Robert Kushner at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo by Robert Kushner

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Robert Kushner: “A Mist of Unknowing
April 4 – 30, 2018
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Shibuya Hikarie 8F, Tokyo, Japan

Opening reception: Wednesday, April 4, 6pm – 8pm / Artist talk: 7pm

8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present “Mist of Unknowing”, a solo show by an American contemporary artist, Robert Kushner.

Robert Kushner has gained much international recognition as one of the leading figures of the Pattern and Decoration Movement that began in New York in the late 1970s. He has established his idiosyncratic world where an aesthetic sense of West and East overlaps through the influences from European textiles, Fauvism’s freewheeling line which is exemplified by Henri Matisse, as well as Rinpa’s decorativeness. Kushner’s work combines rich colors with botanical forms depicted through freely painted organic lines, and abstracted geometric forms. His work harbors a deeply sensitive compassion toward living things amidst the bold and bright colors that tenaciously entice the viewer.

This exhibition features the artist’s recent works since 2010, which include botanical drawings on collages comprising pages from 19th Century lady’s magazines, dictionaries and Japanese woodblock books. The flowers and leaves upon these nostalgic materials, invite us to a timeless mist of unknowing.

Robert Kushner, Camelia Branch V, 2016, acrylic, ink and collage on paper, 99 x 66 cm

Robert Kushner, Camelia Branch V, 2016, acrylic, ink and collage on paper, 99 x 66 cm

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Robert Kushner at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama by Robert Kushner

TRACERY AND PLANE: PAINTINGS BY ROBERT KUSHNER
SARAH MOODY GALLERY OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
February 8 – March 23, 2018
Gallery talk: Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m., in the gallery
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 5-7 p.m., in the gallery

Robert Kushner, “White Lotus Shaft of Light III,” 2008, oil, acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas, 55 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.

Robert Kushner, “White Lotus Shaft of Light III,” 2008, oil, acrylic, gold and silver leaf on canvas, 55 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.


PRESS RELEASE

The 2018 Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition features the work of internationally recognized artist Robert Kushner. Kushner will give a gallery talk about his work on Wednesday, February 7 at 6 pm in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall on UA campus. A reception will be held Thursday, February 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Kushner (b. 1949) is an American painter known as a founder of the Pattern and Decoration art movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Kushner’s work combines organic representational elements with abstracted geometric forms in a way that is both decorative and modernist. Since the 1980s, he has used a full spectrum of color with gold, silver and patinated copper leaf to render the flowers and leaves, which have become his signature motif. “I never get tired of pursuing new ideas in the realm of ornamentation. Decoration, an abjectly pejorative dismissal for many, is a very big, somewhat defiant declaration for me,” he says.  Kushner draws from multiple influences, including Islamic and European textiles, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Ito Jakuchu, Qi Baishi and Wu Changshuo.

His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale and is in prominent public collections including Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; National Gallery of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Tate Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House; Denver Art Museum; Uffizi Gallery; J. Paul Getty Trust; Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Public commissions include sites in New York City, Tokyo, California and Washington, DC, as well as an 80-foot marble mosaic in the new Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Installation Views

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Robert Kushner Installation, Lobby Gallery, 375 Hudson St, New York by Robert Kushner

ROBERT KUSHNER INSTALLATION 
Lobby Gallery
375 Hudson, NYC 10014 
(between Houston and King Streets)
Gallery Hours: Monday − Friday, 8 am − 6 pm
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 28, 5-7pm

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ON VIEW THROUGH APRIL 2018:
ROBERT KUSHNER, MIDNIGHT IN THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY CACTUS GARDEN, 2014. OIL, ACRYLIC, AND GOLD LEAF ON CANVAS, 108 X 132 INCHES.
ROBERT KUSHNER, MALINALCO, 2014. OIL AND ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 90 X 120 INCHES.
ROBERT KUSHNER,  SPRING SCATTER SUMMATION (TWO HALVES), 2005. OIL, ACRYLIC, GOLD LEAF AND GLITTER ON CANVAS, OVERALL DIMENSIONS 7 X 46 FEET. 

Robert Kushner, “Ahavah,” 2016 by Robert Kushner

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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”
DC Moore Gallery
February 9 – March 11, 2017

Peony Triumphant, 2016 by Liz Riviere

Robert Kushner, Peony Triumphant, 2016, 72 x 72 inches

Robert Kushner, Peony Triumphant, 2016, 72 x 72 inches

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 is too common a word.
Whenever I gaze into a full blown peony, I (and many others) become instantly, irreversibly intoxicated.