Robert Kushner (American, born 1949)
Ballad Triste, 1980
Mixed media on handmade paper
30 Â½ x 21 inches
A painter and sculptor, artist Robert Kushner first gained attention in the seventies as a performance artist, using food, fabric and nudity. Associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, he uses fabric in large-scale, bold paintings of the human figure. He began to collect eighteenth-century fabrics in the seventies and the use of fabric has remained a part of his work throughout his career. His travels to Central Asia inspired him to adopt the Asian technique of sewing together fragments of found and painted fabrics. Since 1982, Kushner has collaborated with master printer Bud Shark on various monotypes and lithographs, producing buoyant, epicurean prints that include collage elements such as glitter, chine code, metal leaf and hand-colored techniques. His work has been exhibited in many of the leading museums and galleries nationally.