New York

Robin Tewes

Robin Tewes’ first solo show in New York was a timely reminder of her distinctive place in the ranks of younger American figurative painters. Since 1979, Tewes has developed a unique vision of people in everyday situations, notable for its searingly direct presentation of information and its strong emotional impact. She is among the small group of painters today who challenge viewers to see life as it is and not through the mitigating, cosmetic lens of the media.

Tewes uses photographs as reminders for her work, as do many of her contemporaries. Her sources are snapshots, in some cases taken by the artist herself, of family members, friends, and acquaintances. The people in her pictures belong to America’s working class, and so on one level her depictions of various social and leisure activities should be viewed as cultural documents of a rapidly changing socioeconomicgroup. Such paintings

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