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David Rabinowitch, Birth of Romanticism Drawings: Monumental Quatrefoil Diffraction (Quartet for Carrie Lynn and Joseph Haydn), 2010, oil pastel, acrylic, pencil, paper, and collage on Belgian linen, 7' 1/2" x 12'.

David Rabinowitch

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David Rabinowitch, Birth of Romanticism Drawings: Monumental Quatrefoil Diffraction (Quartet for Carrie Lynn and Joseph Haydn), 2010, oil pastel, acrylic, pencil, paper, and collage on Belgian linen, 7' 1/2" x 12'.

The colorful “drawings” in David Rabinowitch’s series “Birth of Romanticism,” 2008–10, are somewhat of a surprise, especially considering that Rabinowitch is known for sober Minimalist sculpture. Indeed, he last made works on paper seriously in 1962—the year he “ceased painting”—and those works, wood-block monotypes, were geometric and Minimalist, if eccentrically so. The pieces here are largely mixed-media compounds of collage, oil paint, pencil, and beeswax, among other materials, and they are even more eccentric. But what is most striking about them is their dynamics, turbulent yet anchored in geometric clarity. They have an Expressionist energy and lyricism, even as recurrent circles and ellipses, many quite large, lend a degree of stability. There are also rectangles, squares, and triangles: all the geometric forms, often intersecting or layered on one another,

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