Walter Robinson: Artist Provocateur
May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Paul Tschinkel Film
Discussion with Paul Tschinkel, Carlo McCormick, Jane Dickson, and Marc H Miller.
Walter Robinson has been on the New York art scene since the early 70s. Painter, art critic, writer, and publisher, his work critiques popular culture. Loosely affiliated with postmodernism and The Pictures Generation, his subversive paintings can be seen in this film, including visits to Robinson’s Long Island City studio; exhibitions at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York; a retrospective exhibition organized by Barry Blinderman in Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; and Deitch Projects, New York City. Besides Robinson, critic and curator Carlo McCormick; artist Mark Kostabi; Janelle Reiring, director of Metro Pictures gallery in New York City; and Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects are interviewed.
Interviewed by artist and critic Noelle Bodick, Robinson states: “I am interested in desire and consumer happiness. When I started out, I wanted to paint like the artists who did illustrations of pulp paperbacks—of romance, passion, love. A lot of the things I was reproducing are charged with sexuality…unleashing the libido.”
Paul Tschinkel is the producer and director of the ART/new york video series. A painter and video artist, he is a graduate of the MFA program at Yale University. His work has been shown widely in Europe, Japan, and the U.S., at prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, and the National Gallery of Art. Over the years, Tschinkel’s unique work has become a valuable historical resource on contemporary art and artists. Begun in 1979, the ART/new york series has covered artists such as Alice Neel, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, and many more. Tschinkel also produced and recorded many of the punk and new wave bands of the late 70s, and 80s.