Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett

Raphael Rubinstein wrote the following essay,  “Eccentric Modularity,” on the occasion of Drew Shiflett’s elegant solo show of new collage pieces, on view through June 30, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. —— I wonder when the great variety of process entered the field of art. When did certain artists begin to invent their own … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett”

Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan

Raphael Rubinstein originally wrote this essay for Gary Stephan‘s solo exhibition, on view through April 23, 2016, at Susan Inglett. / Some paintings pick arguments with art history. Some paintings pick arguments with their materials. Some paintings pick arguments with the other paintings around them in the artist’s studio. Some paintings pick arguments with the … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan”

Raphael Rubinstein in conversation with Jonathan Lasker

When Raphael Rubinstein sat down with Jonathan Lasker at Cheim & Read, they discussed Lasker’s process, imagery, and his relationship to Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting. “The execution seems very conscious and constructed, and yet the origination of the works is an imaginative process…Things lead into other things, sometimes along the way. In the middle … read more… “Raphael Rubinstein in conversation with Jonathan Lasker”

Revisions and resurrections: “The Silo” curated by Raphael Rubinstein at Garth Greenan

Getting recognition in the art world is difficult, but remaining relevant over the course of a lifetime is nearly impossible. Raphael Rubinstein is fascinated by old art magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, where he finds images of work by artists who were once widely admired but have fallen off the art world’s radar. “I … read more… “Revisions and resurrections: “The Silo” curated by Raphael Rubinstein at Garth Greenan”

Raphael Rubinstein revisits Provisional Painting

Thank you, Art in America, for posting “Provisional Painting Part 2: To Rest Lightly on the Earth,” Raphael Rubinstein’s eagerly anticipated update to “Provisional Painting,” online this month.  Rubinstein takes a more experimental, philosophical approach, attempting to explain the why of provisional painting in nine numbered paragraphs and four interludes.   David Hammons, 2011 installation … read more… “Raphael Rubinstein revisits Provisional Painting”

Providence report: Baziotes, Green, Bostrom, Myoda, Rubinstein…

My Instagram and Twitter friends know that I’ve been spending time in Providence this semester, where, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m teaching a course at Brown University about artists’ books–not the handbound, letterpress kind, but the type that are produced with digital tools and commercial printing processes. [Image above: One day I arrived to find … read more… “Providence report: Baziotes, Green, Bostrom, Myoda, Rubinstein…”

Roadtrip: Marie Harnett and Kristian Evju at the Albers Foundation

Contributed by Sharon Butler and Stephanie Theodore / This spring, we visited Marie Harnett, a London artist who was in residence at the Josef + Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut, and her visiting guest, Kristian Evju. During a two-month residency, Marie worked steadily on a series of highly detailed graphite drawings based on altered images from films. Unlike other programs, the Albers … read more… “Roadtrip: Marie Harnett and Kristian Evju at the Albers Foundation”

Korean monochrome: Suh Seung Won

Contributed by Raphael Rubinstein / Among the most welcome developments of the past few years in the U.S. art world has been the appearance, long delayed, of substantial numbers of works by two avant-garde groups of the 1960s and 1970s, the Tansaekhwa painters of Korea, often referred to as Korean monochromatic painters, and the Supports/Surfaces … read more… “Korean monochrome: Suh Seung Won”

The materiality of written language

Contributed by Heather Bause Rubinstein / Joe Fyfe’s newest series of paintings at Nathalie Karg Gallery are packed with visual, poetic and intellectual punch. Fascinated by the possibilities of collaged-together textiles, Fyfe is pushing his work into more formal complexity. Also new is a recurring textual element: hand-painted enlargements of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes.

Erasure as aesthetic principle at Pierogi

Contributed by Gina DeCagna / Capacious and compelling in content, “Under Erasure,” co-curated by Raphael Rubinstein and Heather (Bause) Rubinstein on view at Pierogi Gallery through January 27, yields a significant platform for discourse on an evolving area of intersectional media and politics: written language and visual art. The exhibition — which focuses on works that employ erasure as … read more… “Erasure as aesthetic principle at Pierogi”