Robert Kushner

Robert Kushner's Sail Away (1983) at Dijon's Consortium in ‘National Review’ by Robert Kushner

Thank you, Brian Allen, for visiting 'Pattern, Crime and Decoration' in Dijon, France and writing about it for the National Review. A pleasure to read these lines in amongst all of the other great ones! 
"Robert Kushner’s Sail Away, from 1983, is one of the anchors....It’s a riot of pattern anchored by a pair of nudes in outline. It’s abstract, grand, very attractive, flat as a pancake, or wallpaper, and delicious."

Read the full article about this collection of Pattern and Decoration works at Le Consortium Museum, on view through October 2019.

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Sail Away , 1983. Robert Kushner. (Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY. "Pattern, Crime & Decoration" exhibition, Consortium Museum (Dijon – France), 2019)

Sail Away, 1983. Robert Kushner. (Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY. "Pattern, Crime & Decoration" exhibition, Consortium Museum (Dijon – France), 2019)

Less is a Bore: Robert Kushner at ICA Boston by Robert Kushner

Robert Kushner,  The Wedding Dress , 1978

Robert Kushner, The Wedding Dress, 1978

Robert Kushner’s “The Wedding Dress" (1976) and "Cincinnati C" (1978) are on view now at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s latest exhibition: "Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art and Design" through September 22, 2019.

“Borrowing its attitude from architect Robert Venturi’s witty retort to Mies van der Rohe’s modernist edict 'less is more,' 'Less Is a Bore' shows how artists, including those affiliated with the Pattern & Decoration movement of the 1970s, have sought to rattle the dominance of modernism and minimalism. Encouraged by the pluralism permeating many cultural spheres at the time, these artists accommodated new ideas, modes, and materials, challenging entrenched categories that marginalized non-Western art, fashion, interior design, and applied art.” — ICA/Boston

Robert Kushner,  Cincinnati C , 1978

Robert Kushner, Cincinnati C, 1978

Robert Kushner, "Les Chemins du Sud" at MRAC Occitanie, Sérignan, France by Robert Kushner

"Les chemins du Sud" - (Journey to the South)

June 23 - November 3, 2019
Musée Regional D'Art Contemporain, Serignan, France
Curated by Emmanuelle Luciani & Charlotte Cosson with Southway Studio

(Journey to the South) focuses on the heritage of Matisse, Bonnard, Dufy and other historic artists who "traveled South" and their connection to contemporary and young artists that could be seen as the heirs. The project will regroup more than 50 artists and will travel through the 20th century to today, connecting these times but also Europe to the USA.

Featured are artists from the Pattern and Decoration movement (Betty Woodman, Robert Kushner, Joyce Kozloff ) who, from the 1970s, embraced so-called minor arts.

Below: Robert Kushner guides the installation of “Aida,” 1979, at MRAC Serignan

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Pattern, Crime and Decoration at Le Consortium, Dijon by Robert Kushner

“Pattern, Crime and Decoration” travels from MAMCO Geneva to Le Consortium in Dijon, France. 

16 May 2019 – 20 October 2019
Opening: Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm
Le Consortium Museum

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Pattern, Crime & Decoration, curated by Franck Gautherot and Seungduk Kim, takes a look back at a 1970s-1980s art movement that met with international success in the 1980s. Most of the artists involved were reacting to Postwar dominant schools of thought, most notably to Minimalism and Conceptualism while also criticizing the Western, patriarchal domination that generally permeates Modernism. This group gathered around “pattern” and “decoration” reconnected with forms regarded as marginal and claimed the concept of decoration was a truly repressed form of modernity. A mainly American movement, Pattern & Decoration was supported by Holly Solomon Gallery in New York and Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland. It gathered artists such as Valerie Jaudon, Tina Girouard, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, Tony Robbin, Miriam Schapiro, Ned Smyth, Mario Yrisarry, Robert Zakanitch, Cynthia Carlson, Brad Davis, Richard Kalina, Jane Kaufman, Rodney Ripps, Betty Woodman, George Woodman and Joe Zucker.

Robert Kushner at Art Fair Tokyo, March 8-10, 2019 by Robert Kushner

A selection of Robert Kushner works on view with Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery at Art Fair Tokyo, March 8 – March 10, 2019. 
Tokyo International Forum, Hall E, Booth #G09.

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Robert Kushner, Pink Rosebud Night Sky, 2018 Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Pink Rosebud Night Sky, 2018
Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Rudbeekia Spring Sky, 2018 Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Rudbeekia Spring Sky, 2018
Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Pink Wedding Cake Rosebud, 2018 Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Pink Wedding Cake Rosebud, 2018
Oil, acrylic, ink, paper, silk brocade on panel

Robert Kushner, Several Tulips, 2019 by Robert Kushner

Dupatta-topia, my home-coined word meaning “The City of Dupattas” continues to unfold and expand. And the color of India, so present in these vintage textiles, seems to be calling out to me. Reds, pinks, greens, gold.

Several Tulips, 72 x 144″, two separate canvases, oil, acrylic, gold leaf, sequins, embroidery, rhinestones on fabric, 2019

Several Tulips, 72 x 144″, two separate canvases, oil, acrylic, gold leaf, sequins, embroidery, rhinestones on fabric, 2019


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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