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Robert Moskowitz

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

This is the first retrospective exhibition for New York painter Robert Moskowitz. Organized by Ned Rifkin, it provides an important occasion to assess the work of an artist who received a flurry of attention in the early 60s, only to be largely ignored by the end of the decade. Nonetheless, Moskowitz persisted, slowly developing an underground reputation, finally regaining public attention since his inclusion in the Whitney Museum’s “New Image Painting” exhibition in 1979. His initial success began with an impressive series of works juxtaposing objects and faint painterly gestures. In Untitled, 1960, a flat object—a window shade—is collaged onto a monochromatically painted field so as to echo the stretcher. In this way, the shade, forced into the pictorial space of the painting, creates a dialectical tension between tangible and pictorial reality, underscoring the fact that a painting is

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