• Robert Wilbert

    Donald Morris Gallery

    In A Balthus Notebook, Guy Davenport writes, “A work of art is a structure of signs, each meaningful.” Every element in a Robert Wilbert painting is synecdochic of the artist’s presence. While the images in his paintings are taken from observation, Wilbert cannot be considered a straightforward realist; he makes use of layers of meaning which reside beneath the surface of the exterior world. The components of each mise-en-scène have associations in the synthetic order of culture, but Wilbert’s intention is to portray the artifice of painting itself. Within the frame of representation, narratives

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