Currently at Kerry Schuss Gallery: Paintings by Robert Moskowitz

by Bobby Weiss
December 9, 2017

Currently at Kerry Schuss gallery, 34 Orchard Street, is the exhibition of paintings by Robert Moskowitz. This New York born artist has turned to his home city for inspiration. Two works, both from 2016, represent the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building in reverse silhouette, with the buildings in white against black skies. The paintings reflect two different attitudes about knowledge and representation: one inclined towards abstraction and the other towards realism.

The front gallery presents four images, three of which portray black and white leaning rectangular forms and the fourth a shape resembling a portion of the Flatiron Building. This painting, juxtaposed with the abstract forms in the adjacent works, assists in the perception of these rectangles as urban architecture, creating a cityscape within the gallery. The rectangular forms are off kilter by a few degrees. These compositions mirror visual perception, critiquing the minds’ tendency to correct perspectival lines. Is it the viewer who sees things askew, or are the buildings actually tilting? The subjective and the objective become intertwined to unsettling and fascinating effect.

This is Robert Moskowitz’s fifth solo exhibition with Kerry Schuss. Mowskowitz (b.1935) has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad since his first solo exhibition of window shade paintings and drawings from 1961-1962 at Leo Castelli. Paintings from this series were included in William Seitz’ seminal “The Art of Assemblage” exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1961). Moskowitz’s 1989 mid-career retrospective originated at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and toured to the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

His work is in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and The High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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