Quote of the Day: Walter Robinson

“I just can’t get into the radical masquerade that the art world is.
That’s why I paint like I do. I’m not pretending to be some kind of
avant-garde. I’m not trying to be inventive. I’m just making images.
Like a sign painter. Anyway that’s the idea.”

–Walter Robinson
/ excerpt from a 2012 interview with Robinson on the occasion of the Times Square Show at Hunter College. 

Contributing Editor at Art in America from 1978-1997, Art Editor of the  East Village Eye, Editor-in-Chief of Artnet Magazine, Robinson must know a boatload about the art world’s radical masquerade. In the 1980s, he showed his paintings at Brooke Alexander, Metro Pictures, the New Museum and
Semaphore Gallery, but eventually became consumed by writing and editing. His new paintings, many of which look like catalog images and self-portraits of young women in their undies culled from the Internet, are on view at Firecat Projects in Chicago through December 22. Naturally, there’s no press release–just pictures.

 Walter Robinson, no information available.
Walter Robinson, Backpage Chicago, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14 inches

Walter Robinson, no information available.

Walter Robinson, Beck’s Nonalcoholic Six-Pack, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 inches.

Walter Robinson, Impression: Cheeseburger, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 19 x 22 inches

Walter Robinson, Dresses & Wedge Sandals, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 inches.

Walter Robinson, no information available.
Walter Robinson, Slim Fit & Ready-to-Wear, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.

Walter Robinson, The Three Muses, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 inches.

“Walter Robinson: Hello from New York!” Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL. Through December 22, 2012.

Related: Andrew Russeth’s The Life and Times of Walter Robinson at GalleristNY


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  1. Sounds kind of pretentious to me but I love the paintings!

  2. At one end of the spectrum the art world masquerade sucks and at the other end is boring mediocre art with no substance…pick your poison!

  3. These are nicely painted. Not sure about the choice of subject matter, however.
    Also, art world masquerade oftentimes produces boring mediocre art with no substance, too.

  4. Love the paintings.

  5. His work captures youth culture's shifting standards of beauty. Artists have always replicated what society perceives to be beautiful; Walter Robinson is doing the same.

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