Walter Robinson: Indulgences
Recent Paintings & Works on Paper
Exhibition: March 1st-31st, 2013
Reception: March 1st, 6-9pm
Dorian Grey Gallery is pleased to present "Walter Robinson: Indulgences," a solo
exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. The exhibition and artist’s reception
open on Friday, March 1st, 2013 and remain on view through Sunday, April 7th.
Robinson's work visualizes the idea of indulgence, both in terms of contemporary
consumer appetites and in reference to the religious practice by which sins can be
forgiven. Using a straightforward illustrative style, he presents pop culture images of
cheeseburgers, alcoholic beverages and other comestibles, as well as pin-ups (both
female and male), pharmaceutical products, portraits of celebrities, and paperback
images of romance and drama.
Robinson's work proposes an art interpellation within the play of desire, employing
imagery that has been specifically designed to evoke hunger in its many modalities.
His paintings don't simply address a viewer, they sell and engage one’s primal
desires. A member of the so-called "Pictures Generation," Robinson took part in the
historic "Times Square Show" in 1980. He had his first exhibition of romance
paintings at Metro Pictures in 1980, and also exhibited widely in the East Village
during the beginning of the decade.
Walter Robinson was born in 1950 and has lived in New York City since 1968. He has
a long career as an art critic and editor, co-founding "Art- Rite" magazine in the
1970s, serving as news editor for "Art in America" magazine in the 1980s and early
'90s, and as founding editor of "Artnet Magazine" from 1996 to 2012. He has
recently exhibited his work at Metro Pictures (2008) and Haunch of Venison (2012) in
New York, and at Firecat Projects in Chicago (2012).
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