Walter Robinson

Walter Robinson

Born in 1950, Wilmington, Delaware.
Lives and works in New York.
 
 
Education
 
Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY, 1973
BA Art History and Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1972
 
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2017                Walter Robinson, Inna Art Space, Huangzhou, China
                        The Americans, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, Swizerland
                        Romance, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2016                Biology, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
                        Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT
                        Walter Robinson : A Retrospective, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New-York
                        Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY 
2014-16           Walter Robinson: Paintings and Other Indulgences, a retrospective at the University
                        Galleries, Normal, Ill.; traveling in January 2016 to Moore College Galleries, Philadelphia
2014                Figure Studies, Lynch Tham, New York
                        Painkillers, Tops, Memphis
2013                Indulgences, Dorian Grey Gallery,
2012                Hello from New York, Firecat Projects, Chicago
2008                Metro Pictures, New York
1998                Cabinet Gallery, London
1995                Tricia Collins Grand Salon, New York
1986                Metro Pictures, New York
                        Semaphore Gallery, New York
                        Wessel O’Connor, Rome
                        Zero One, Los Angeles
1985                Metro Pictures, New York (with Thomas Lawson)
                        Piezo Electric, New York
                        Zero One, Los Angeles
1984                Piezo Electric, New York
                        Semaphore Gallery, New York (with Duncan Hannah)
                        Metro Pictures, New York
1982                Metro Pictures, New York
 
 
Group exhibitions
 
2017               LIKE, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland. Curated by Richard Kern
                       Zeitgeist, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland
                       Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s , The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
2016               Summer show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
                       Charles Bukowski & Walter Robinson: There’s a Bluebird In My Heart, Owen James, New York
                       Copy Paste, curated by Chris Bors, “SPRING/BREAK Art Show,” New York
                       Don’t Make a Scene, Kai Matsushima, New York
                       Hard Love, curated by Barry Blinderman, Jose Martos, New York
2015               Unrealism, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Moore Building, Miami
                       Only 2.5 Hrs from GWB, curated by Pia Dehne, Hamden, New York, and Roxbury, New York
                       Sweet Smell of Success, curated by James and Enzo Shalom, New York, Hilton Hotel
                       Viewer Discretion…Children of Bataille, curated by Kathleen Cullen, Stux + Haller, New York
                       La femme de trente ans, curated by Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, art : concept Paris
                       To Your Health! The Science, Culture & Art of the Cocktail, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania
                       Twenty by Sixteen, curated by Geoffrey Young, Morgan Lehman, New York
                       un(Scene) art fair, New York
                       SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Skylight at Moynihan Station, New York
2014               Spring/Break, March 2014, New York
                       Bad Conscience, Metro Pictures, Jan 16-Feb 22, curated by John Miller
2013               Social Photography III, Carriage Trade, N.Y.
                       Peter Angemann, Walter Robinson: Plein Air - Hot Romance, Sept. 22-Nov.
                       4, 2013, Kunstmuehle, Muersbach, Germany, curated by Thomas Eller
                       404 E 14, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, June 20-Aug 2, 2013
                       All F*#king Summer, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach
                       Found and Lost, curated by Hope Sandrow, ArtSites, Riverhead, June 8-Aug 18
2012               Bad for You, curated by Beth Rudin deWoody, Shirazu Gallery, London
                       White Male Complex, curated by Thomas Eller, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Nov 3-24, 2012
                       Times Square Show Revisited, Hunter College Art Galleries, Sept. 14-Dec. 8
                       Claxon, curated by Walter Robinson, Haunch of Venison, New York
                       Ping-Pong Basel Miami, Projektraum M54, Basel, Switzerland
                       Data Trash, curated by Chris Dorland, I-20, New York
                       Desperately Seeking Susan: Art from the 1980s, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art
                       Loughelton Revisited, Winkleman Gallery, New York
2011               Social Photography, Carriage Trade, New York
                       Wit, curated by Glenn O’Brien, Paddle8
                       Art, Access & Decay: New York 1975-1985,” curated by Peter Frank & Lisa Kahane,
                       Subliminal Projects, L.A.
2009               Nincompatibles, Bowman Bloom, New York
                       Naked, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
                       Looking at Music: Side Two, Museum of Modern Art, New York
                       Regift, Swiss Institute, New York
                       Images & (Re)presentations, Le Magasin, Grenoble
2008               Market Forces, Carriage Trade, New York (and traveling)
2004               East Village USA, New Museum of Contemporary Art
                       Stencil & Spray, ca. 1984, The Proposition, New York
2003               OnLine, Feigen Contemporary, New York
                       First Person, Gallery Schlesinger, New York
                       The Summer of Lust, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Mass.
                       Nip and Tuck, Artek Contemporaries, New York
                       After Matisse Picasso, P.S. 1, New York
2002               Something, Anything, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
                       Transcendent and Unrepentant, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
2000-01          Post-Hypnotic, touring show, Illinois State Galleries, Normal, Ill.
2000               Certain Things: Unlikely Treasures, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York
1999               Mod!, Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York
                       Village Disco, Cabinet, London
1998               Pets, Bronwyn Keenan, New York
1997               Consumption, Printed Matter, New York
1994               Red, Barney’s for Little Red Schoolhouse, New York
                       American Fine Arts Benefit, New York
1993               Arachnosphere, Ramnarine Gallery, New York
                       Return of the Cadavre Exquis, Drawing Center, New York
                       Dolls in Contemporary Art, Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee
1992               Works on Paper, Momentary Modern, Amsterdam
                       Tabloid, Sally Hawkins Gallery, New York
1991               The Tree, Elysium Gallery, New York
1989               Strange Attractors: Signs of Chaos, New Museum, New York
1986               Signs of Painting, Metro Pictures, New York; Donald Young, Chicago
                       Paravision, Margo Leavin, Los Angeles
                       Tableaux Abstraits, Villa Arson, Nice
                       Greenberg’s Dilemma, Loughelton, New York
                       Physics, Piezo Electric, New York
1985               Auto/Genetic/Photopsia, Christminster, New York
1984               Drawings: After Photography, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin (travels to four other venues)
                       Artists Weapons, Ted Greewald Gallery
1983               Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Winston-Salem
                       Terminal New York, Brooklyn Army Terminal, New York
                       Sex, Sharpe Gallery, New York
                       Artist/Critic, White Columns, New York
1982               Beast, P.S.1, New York
                       Image Scavengers, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1981               Episodes, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
                       Real Life Magazine Presents, Nigel Greenwood, London
                       Island Show, ABC No Rio, New York
1980               Times Square Show, New York
                       Collaborative Projects Benefit Exhibition, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York
                       A. More Store, 529 Broome Street, New York
                       Figuring, Hallwalls, Buffalo
                       Real Estate Show, 123 Delancey, New York
1979               Batman Show, 591 Broadway, New York
 
 
Collections
 
Museum of Modern Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
FNAC, Geneva
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Winston-Salem
Hall Family Foundation
Nina and Frank Moore
Jeffrey and Maria Eugenides
Fabiola Beracusa
Michael and Sheila Rips
 
 
Bibliography
 
Barry Blinderman, ed., Walter Robinson, Paintings and Other Indulgences, 144 pp., University Galleries,
Illinois State University, 2015
Collin Sundt, “Wanting to Be Art,” Artcritical, Mar. 2, 2016
Brian Boucher, “Walter Robinson at the Galleries at Moore,” Artnet Magazine, Jan. 25, 2016
Michelle Grabner, “Walter Robinson, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Artforum, Mar 2015
Sarah Schmerler, “Walter Robinson,” Art in America, Oct 2014
Noelle Bodick, “Artist Walter Robinson on Painting Desire,” Artspace Magazine, June 26, 2014
Stephanie Strasnick, “Walter Robinson,” Artnews, Sept. 2014
Phong Bui, “Walter Robinson with Phong Bui,” Brooklyn Rail, Nov. 2014
Donald Kuspit, “Walter Robinson,” Artforum, Summer 2013
Andrew Russeth, “Art Net: The Life and Times of Walter Robinson,” New York Observer, Jan 2012
Charlie Finch, The Unforbidden, Artnet Magazine, Nov. 10, 2009
Charlie Finch, “The Threat of Love,” Artnet Magazine, Apr. 8, 2008
Jeanne Siegel, ed., Artwords 2: Discourse on the Early ‘80s, 1988
Ronald Jones, “Walter Robinson,“ C Magazine, Toronto, Dec. 1987
Carlo McCormick, “pOPTOMETRY,“ Artforum, Nov. 1985, pp. 87-91
Jeanne Silverthorne, “Walter Robinson, Metro Pictures,“ Artforum, Summer 1985, pp. 112
Regan Upshaw, “Walter Robinson at Sempahore,” Art in America, Feb. 1985
Joseph Masheck, Point 1, 1984, pp. 124-127
Brooks Adams, “Walter Robinson at Metro Pictures“, Art in America, May 1982
Thomas Lawson, “Last Exit: Painting,“ Artforum, Oct. 1981
Jeffrey Deitch, “Report from Times Square,“ Art in America, June 1980
 
 
Editorial positions
 
Columnist, Artspace.com
Editor-in-chief and founder, Artnet Magazine, 1996-2012
Contributing editor and news editor, Art in America, 1978-2009
Columnist (“It’s a Dad’s Life“), Paper magazine, 1992-95
Art editor, East Village Eye, 1982-85
Editor, The Art Letter, 1978-82
Publisher and editor, Art-Rite magazine, 1973-78
 
 
Other positions
 
Contributor, Bald Ego #1, Max Blagg & Glenn O’Brien, eds.
Correspondent and on-screen commentator, Art TV Gallery Beat, 1994-2004
Author, “Instant Art History,“ Ballantine Books, 1994
Jury chair, Pernod Liquid Art competition, 1993-99
Executive director, Collaborative Projects (COLAB), 1980