Robert Moskowitz
Paintings 2016-2017

October 13 - December 22, 2017



Robert Moskowitz, a New York born artist, has turned to his home city for inspiration. Two works 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 toward 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 - 62 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. Moskowitz has had numerous one-person exhibitions at galleries including Blum Helman Gallery, New York; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Lawrence Markey, San Antonio; Peter Blum, New York; D'Amelio Terras, New York and Kerry Schuss, New York. His work is numerous 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.

image: studio view, Nova Scotia 2017