David Rabinowitch

Annemarie Verna Galerie

David Rabinowitch’s art is basically sculptural, but ever since 1980 he has been producing a series of drawings under the overall title “Ottonian Construction of Vision.” These are not sketches or designs for sculptures, but autonomous images concretely situated in the medium of drawing, derived from a free investigation of themes based on sketching and draftsmanship. The origin of these themes can be pinpointed in the Romanesque architecture of the Rhineland, especially the churches of Cologne. In the course of continuous work, Rabinowitch crystallized these themes into a set of variations on that motif.

In the introduction to a catalogue of Rabinowitch’s drawings, Gerhard Storck beautifully sums up the quality and character of that motif by referring to Cézanne’s series of paintings depicting Mont Sainte-Victoire. The purification or intensification of the theme into a motif involves a

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