New York

Robert Kushner

Holly Solomon Gallery

It’s hard to tell if Robert Kushner’s painted and sewn textiles and performances are a funky, high-camp spoof of haute couture, a traveler’s hommage, or the making of art/craft “objects” balanced between static two-dimensional design and its dynamic presentation as three-dimensional masses in motion. The truth probably lies in some combination of the above. Kushner has been known for his “fashion shows” and tableaux. Probably the most famous was the one based on food. Nude models wore, for example, carrot necklaces, scallion aprons and red cabbage headdresses. Partially because of his extensive travels in Persia and his work as a restorer of antique Persian rugs, Kushner has become interested in textiles. The result has been his Persian Line I, shown last year at The Kitchen, and now his Persian Line II. For both he made painted and sewn cloth “garments” which were meant to be seen both

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.