Susan Rothenberg  (American, 1945) 

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Susan Rothenberg (American, b.1945) is best known for her paintings of animals and figurative scenes using quick, gestural brushstrokes and rich colors. Rothenberg was born in Buffalo, New York and attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.F.A. and then briefly studying at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. She later moved to New York to study dance, and began exhibiting her paintings in the mid-1970s, noted for their purified figurative imagery amidst the height of Minimalist art. Rothenberg first received critical acclaim for her series of horses, often painted life-size, in bold outlines and with lush colors; she frequently used the simplified horse’s form as a vehicle to explore the textural and luminous properties of paint. After moving to New Mexico, she turned her attention to depicting specific remembered experiences, ranging from a riding accident to the ordinary act of walking a dog; her impressions of the southwestern American landscape often influenced the unusual perspective of these works. Rothenberg has held solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Tate Gallery in London, among several other venues. She has been honored with the Skowhegan Medal for Painting and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Rothenberg currently lives and works in New Mexico with husband and fellow artist Bruce Nauman.

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Susan Rothenberg, Primo

 

Susan Rothenberg
Primo
2007

Bernier/Eliades Gallery
Susan Rothenberg, Untitled

 

Susan Rothenberg
Untitled
1977

Craig F. Starr Gallery
Susan Rothenberg, Split

 

Susan Rothenberg
Split
1974

Craig F. Starr Gallery
Susan Rothenberg, Stumblebum

 

Susan Rothenberg
Stumblebum
1985

Greg Kucera Gallery
Susan Rothenberg, Boy/Girl

 

Susan Rothenberg
Boy/Girl
1984

Derriere L'Etoile Studios
Susan Rothenberg, Girl/Boy

 

Susan Rothenberg
Girl/Boy
1984

Derriere L'Etoile Studios
Susan Rothenberg, Pink Couch

 

Susan Rothenberg
Pink Couch
2003

Waddington Custot Galleries
Susan Rothenberg, Headscape

 

Susan Rothenberg
Headscape
2003

Waddington Custot Galleries
Susan Rothenberg, Face

 

Susan Rothenberg
Face
2001

Hal Katzen Gallery
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Susan Rothenberg, Untitled

 

Susan Rothenberg
Untitled, 1988
pencil, charcoal and ink on paper

 

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Susan Rothenberg, February

 

Susan Rothenberg
February, 1981
oil on canvas

 

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Susan Rothenberg, Untitled

 

Susan Rothenberg
Untitled, 1984
charcoal, graphite, ink and crayon on paper

 

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1945   Born: Buffalo, NY
1962 - 1967   Fine Arts School Cornell University, Ithaca,
1979   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1998   Cornell University Alumni Award
1998   Skowhegan Medal for Painting
2003   Rolf Schock Prize
  Lives and works in New Mexico
1999 - 2000   Susan Rothenberg: Ptgs from the 90's, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
1998 - 1999   Susan Rothenberg: Drawings & Prints, Museum of Fine Arts (& other museums) Sante Fe, New Mexico
1996 - 1997   Susan Rothenberg, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico
1993   Susan Rothenberg: Paintings & Drawings, 1974-1992, Museum of Contemporary Art (& other museums) Chicago
1985 - 1986   The Philips Collection Washington, DC
1983 - 1985   Los Angeles County Museum of Art (& other museums) California