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Robert Kushner, Midnight in the Huntington Library Cactus Garden, 2014, oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas, 9 × 11'.

Robert Kushner

DC Moore Gallery

Robert Kushner, Midnight in the Huntington Library Cactus Garden, 2014, oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas, 9 × 11'.

Robert Kushner’s last exhibition at this gallery, in the winter of 2012–13, was austere by his standards, leaning heavily on a grisaille palette said to have been inspired by the spare black-and-white paintings of Willem de Kooning, so powerfully grouped in the retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York the previous year. Between finishing those works and conceiving the recent show, Kushner visited a painter friend, respected and senior, who told him, “You’ve been doing the same thing too long. . . . Go more Baroque.” (He tells the story in a talk posted on the gallery’s website.) Taking the advice to heart, Kushner decided, like so many artists of the Baroque period, to paint cacti. Also an assortment of flowers from a garden in Maine, where he spent the summer of 2013. How a search for the Baroque led to the flowers of New England and the cacti of California (Kushner

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