New York

Robert Kushner

Holly Solomon Gallery

Robert Kushner may be called a “decorative artist” but that doesn’t mean he makes one kind of art or that decoration is his sole concern. Several paintings in the show are, oddly enough, saved from “abstractness” by their identification as decorations. Peach Gate has curtain tassels attached to it and the “painting” is a parted curtain hung from the ceiling at the show’s entrance. If the addition of things like tassels was perfectly OK for Rauschenberg it was because, after all, his combines were still emphatically paintings. Kushner turns this inside out, going from decoration to painting to decoration once again, while eliminating the stretchers and frame as a safety net in case the objects get overlooked for their use value and become ART. Pink Leaves, a playful cut-up and cutout painting with jacks and stars is the only relatively unsuccessful work from the bastard art-decoration

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