War Limit silk screens on studio wall
Robert is often found busy stealing road signs and changing around words with little excuse for his actions. His work, if you could call it that, is often referred to as Post-Dada. Since Robert has never had a real father figure in his life, it makes sense on a Freudian level, that his art would follow after the Dada movement established around World War 1. At one time he was strictly a photographer but a mid-life crisis soon found him taking a pencil and brush to paper. With no formal training he managed to draw stick figures that eventually became rounded, shaded and toned into three dimensional shapes. He is available for interviews upon request but prefers to remain in relative obscurity so as not to commercialize his art.
Robert enjoys an occasional workshop or class. However his education primarily comes from books. Here is a list of titles read over the years…
• Cezanne A Life by Alex Dauchev • Georges Braque A Life by Alex Danchev • My Galleries and Painters by Kahnweiler • Dada and Surrealism by David Hopkins • Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Kandinsky • American Painting by Barbara Rose • Dada Art and Antiart by Hans Richter • Duchamp by Janis Mink • To Paint Her Life Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era • Life or Theater? by Charlotte Salomon • Late Modern by Edward Lucie-Smith • Portraits by Michael Kimmelman • Panaesthetics by Daniel Albright • Duchamp and the Aesthetics of Chance • The Duchamp Dictionary by Thomas Girst • Baquiat by Phoebe Hoban • Has Modernism Failed by Suzi Gablik • Old Man Goya by Julia Blackburn • Pop Art by Tilman Osterworld • Leonardo’s Last Supper by Ross King • The Lost Battles (Leonardo and Michelangelo) by Jonathan Jones • Beck and Al Hansen, Playing with Matches • The Pencil by Henry Petroski • Making Art a Practice by Cat Bennett • Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gaylord • The United States of Jasper Johns by John Yau • Jasper Johns by Michael Crichton • The Global Art Compass by Alistair Hicks • The Pop Revolution by Alice Marquis • Posters, A Global History by Elizabeth Guffey • Paris Between the Wars • Collage, Making the Modern Art by Brandon Taylor • Pop Artists by Paul Mason • Giacometti Portrait by James Lord • Between Lives by Dorothea Tanning • Jim Dine Modern Masters • Larry Rivers by Sam Hunter • Bad Boy by Eric Fischl • Maps of the Imagination by Peter Tarchi • Hopper’s Place by Gail Levin • Wayne Thiebaud by Tsujimoto • Paris Spleen by Baudelaire • Richard Diebenkorn Works on Paper • In Montmarte by Sue roe • Collage the Unmonumental Picture • Jasper Johns a Print Retrospective • Yourself in the World by Glenn Ligon • Encounters with Rauschenberg by Leo Steinberg • Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work by Mason Currey • Pablo Picasso: The Man and the Image by Richard Lyttle • The Artist Observed by John Gruen • Andy Warhol by Arthur Danto • The Accidental Masterpiece by Michael Kimmelman • Spiral Jetta by Erin Hogan • Lives of the Great Modern Artists • The Modern Art Invasion by Elizabeth Lunday • Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gray • The Value of Art by Michael Findlay • About Looking by John Berger • The Yellow House by Martin Grayford • Why Photography Matters by Thompson • Painters of the Bauhaus by Roters • Paths of the Absolute by Golding • Glittering Images by Camille Paglia • What Art Is by Arthur Danto • Inside the Painter’s Studio by Joe Fig • Freehand Sketching by Paul Laseau • Edward Hopper: Artists in their Time • Edward Hopper in Vermont by Clause • Mondrian by Susanne Deicher • The Art of Richard Diebenkorn • Photographs not Taken • The Essential Mark Rothko • Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford • The Bauhaus Group by Nicholas Fox Weber • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by T. Egan • What are you Looking at? by Will Gompertz • Bauhaus: Art as Life • Henri Cartier Bresson: A Biography • Mark Rothko: A Biography • DaVinci’s Ghost by Toby Lester • Hopper by Mark Strand • The Accidental Masterpiece by Michael Kimmelman • Edward Hopper An Intimate Biography • Edward Hopper by Gail Levin • Staying Up Much to Late: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks • Dorothea Lange by Linda Gordon • Walker Evans by James R. Mellow • Edward Weston: His Life by Ben Maddow • Georgia O’Keefe by Roxanna Robinson • Einstein, Picasso by Arthur I. Miller • The Artist’s Voice: Talks with 17 Artists • Noguchi: East and West • Michelangelo by William Wallace • The Story of De Stijl • Paul Klee • On Photography by Susan Sontag • Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain • The Zen Art Book by Stephen Addiss • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein • Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig • Wabi Sabi by Leonard Koren • Artist to Artist • HCB, A Biography by Pierre Assouline • In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki
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