SUSAN ROTHENBERG // 28th September 2011

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Flash, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
68 x 77 inches
172,8 x 195,6 cm
SW 11227

For the tenth time, the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York is presenting and exhibition dedicated to works by Susan Rothenberg – thirteen new paintings. Rothenberg The artist is following her perpetual quest, focusing on challenging and extending painterly conventions in her spatial and distorted compositions, exploring light, color, form and movement. Fragments of the human body – heads and hands most of the time – along with depictions of dogs and ravens compose her oeuvre. Juxtaposed against minimal but heavily worked backgrounds, parts are thrown all over the paintings without apparent order or method,bodies or shapes, figuration of abstraction, the tension is intense.

The silhouette of the raven is omnipresent and dominates the painting, looking on the visitors, acting like an abstract for an omen, a prophecy. The artist started exhibiting worldwide since 1975. Over forty major institutions in the States and abroad have bought her work for their collection. Among the many important shows she was featuring: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Saint Louis Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Seattle Art Museum; and the Dallas Museum of Art (1992-1994); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico (1996); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1999); and an exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Museum of Art at Cornell University that traveled to The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (1998-99). The most recent survey, “Moving in Place”, was organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and traveled to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Miami Art Museum (2009 – 2011).

on view through 29 October 2011
Sperone Westwater
257 Bowery
10002 New York, NY

Susan Rothenberg
Gert, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
62 x 64 inches
157,5 x 162,6 cm
SW 11230

Susan Rothenberg
Strangers in the Night, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
81 x 115 1/4 inches
205,7 x 292,7 cm
SW 11228

Susan Rothenberg
Circus, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
76 x 68 inches
193 x 172,7 cm
SW 11226

Susan Rothenberg
Raven, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
87 1/2 x 75 1/8 inches
222,3 x 190,8 cm
SW 11229

Susan Rothenberg
The Height The Width The Weight, 2009 – 2010
oil on canvas
42 3/4 x 51 inches
108,6 x 129,5 cm
SW 11233

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