Author Archives: Raphael Rubinstein

Van Buren

Years before I saw any of Richard Van Buren’s sculptures in person, his work would catch my attention as I paged through back issues of art magazines from the late 1960s and 1970s (I can’t quite explain the strange allure … Continue reading

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Thomas

  With unforgiveable belatedness, I’ve only recently discovered the work that Gwenn Thomas was doing in the mid-1990s, a hybrid of painting and photography that resulted in canvases (or, more accurately, linens) that were extremely innovative when they were made … Continue reading

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Gasiorowski

As far as I know there has never been a solo exhibition in the United States devoted to Gérard Gasiorowski (1930-1986). In fact, his work may not even have been in a single group exhibition. (If any Silo readers have … Continue reading

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Reinecke

I discovered the work of Chris Reinecke by chance earlier this year during a random stroll on the last day of a visit to Düsseldorf. I’d already seen the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which owns Max Beckmann’s The Night, surely one of the … Continue reading

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Edwards

There are times when, as a viewer, you become intensely aware of the richness of contexts, references, influences and meanings circulating around, through and out of an artist’s work. As you look at the work, countless connections and revelations come … Continue reading

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Mueller

                Many are the darts thrown at abstract painting just now. Dismissive epithets pile up in front of canvases. Good paintings, bad paintings and indifferent paintings are equally held to blame for the … Continue reading

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Matisse Etc. (part 2)

(Amy Feldman, Stanley Whitney, Bernard Piffaretti, Laura Owens, Michael Krebber, Matt Connors, Rebecca Morris, Patricia Treib, Lori Ellison, Franklin Evans) How is it that someone who dreamed of “an art of balance, of purity, of serenity, devoid of troubling and … Continue reading

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Matisse Etc. (part 1)

Influence is only interesting when it results in something unexpected, when it jumps languages, generations, mediums, styles, when it is not immediately recognizable as such. I’m thinking about influence because I’m thinking about Matisse, whose influence pervades the last 100 … Continue reading

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Bishop

The painter James Bishop is the unnamed subject of “Interlude III” in my article “Provisional Painting 2: To Rest Lightly on the Earth” (Art in America, February, 2012). At the time I felt there was little chance of his work … Continue reading

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Eustache

  We’re in Paris in the early 1970s, among 20-somethings who, in the long hangover of May ‘68, frequent the cafes and bars of the Left Bank planning films that rarely get made, talking about books that don’t get written. … Continue reading

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