Perspectives | Art Basel Online Viewing Room | 2 - 6 December 2020
Galerie Karsten Greve will participate in OVR: Miami Beach, with a presentation that focuses on four artists who expand the gallery program with new perspectives. Included in the exhibition are Raul Illarramendi, Claire Morgan, Gideon Rubin and Georgia Russell. The online exhibition can be viewed from the 2 December - click here for Art Basel OVR: Miami Beach.
Future Dreams Online Exhibition and Auction | 23 - 30 November 2020
Gideon is delighted to participate in the virtual exhibition and auction for the breast cancer charity, Future Dreams. Including works by Chantal Joffe, Rankin, David Yarrow, Adebayo Bolaji and Celine Bodin, the event will raise vital funds for breast cancer support, awareness and research. The gallery is available to view online from 10am on 23rd November until 7pm on 30th November. 100% of the profits go to the charity, and bids can be registered with The Auction Collective until 7pm on the 30th November.
High Voltage | Nassima Landau | 24 November - 15 January 2020
Woolwich Print Fair | The Online Edition | 12 November - 13 December 2020
Art on a Postcard | Winter Auction | 5 - 19 November 2020
Gideon will participate in the 2020 edition of the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. For further information and to view hundreds of prints by artists including Jake & Dinos Chapman, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, David Shrigley, James Turrell and Silia Ka Tung please visit the Woolwich Print Fair website. Please find Gideon's print on view in Room 8.
Art on a Postcard work with the world's leading artists to raise money for the Hepatitis C Trust. Gideon is pleased to donate a work to the 2020 auction (Lot 341). For full information or to bid on a work, please visit the website of Art on a Postcard.
Canal+ Presentation | Boite Noire | 2020
Boite Noire presentation on Canal+
Filmed in October 2020 on the occasion of Gideon's exhibition at Galerie Karsten Greve.
To watch the full video, click here.
In Conversation: Gideon Rubin & Roman Hossein Khonsari | 17 Oct 2020
Gideon Rubin in conversation with Maxillofacial Surgeon, Roman Hossein Khonsari. A special event held at Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, on Saturday 17th October at 5pm in collaboration with Anahita's Eye.
In conjunction with Gideon's solo exhibition at Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, Anahita Vessier, founder of Anahita's Eye, will orchestrate a talk between Gideon Rubin and Roman Hossein Khonsari, a maxillofacial surgeon whose work in reconstructing faces makes an interesting echo with the work of the artist. A live Instagram will be organised at 5pm on Saturday 17th October, imagined and orchestrated by Anahita Vessier.
Forthcoming: A Stranger's Hand | Galerie Karsten Greve Paris | 16 Oct-21 Nov 2020
Galerie Karsten Greve is pleased to present A Stranger's Hand, Gideon Rubin's third solo exhibition in Paris. The artist unveiled about 30 works created over the past two years, particularly a series of ten paintings, including two diptychs, that pay tribute to the 20th century artists whose influence has been so crucial to his work, including Philip Guston, Willem De Kooning and Richard Diebenkorn.
He once again transports us into his universe inhabited by figures made anonymous through his use of framing, posture and the erasure of all individuality. The systematic erasure of the faces, but also any reference to time or place, has been at the heart of Gideon Rubin's artistic approach since 2001. That approach, which confronts the view with a stranger, also enables him to create an intimacy between views and representation - intimacy of the gaze that must be attentive and take the time to observe the image in the most minute details of a hairstyle, an outfit, a posture or an attitude. This attention then gradually shapes or reshapes a story from personal experience or universal knowledge, or perhaps a mix of both.
Gideon Rubin created his works using various sources, drawing from old newspapers, photos unearthed at flea markets, generic pictures in magazines, old art books and extracts from films. His portraits of artists are inspired by vintage pictures found on the internet.
Identifiable at first place thanks to his palette of sandy, pastel tones - sometimes emphasised by a luminous blue or a touch of red - the relationship between colour and its support is crucial to Rubin's work. With a preference for linen canvases, but also working on wood and cardboard, he gives great importance to his choice of support, which appears under broad, vigorous strokes in a non-finito approach that lends his works a unique subtlety and lightness. His lively brushstrokes dissolve some parts of the composition in a fascinating blend of figuration and abstraction.
NOF: Gideon Rubin & Eldar Farber | Rubin Museum | 4 Sept - 4 Dec 2020
The exhibition NOF (landscape) was born following the meeting of two painters and the dialogue that they pursued. Eldar Farber and Gideon Rubin, both Israeli born and both working mostly outside of Israel, in Europe: Rubin in London and Ferber in Berlin and in Tel Aviv. Landscape painting is central to Farber’s art while for Gideon Rubin landscape painting has been marginal but with time is becoming less so. Gideon Rubin is the grandson of the painter Reuven Rubin in whose former home, The Rubin Museum, the exhibition is taking place. Reuven Rubins’ landscape paintings are obviously part of his grandson’s visual legacy.
Reuven Rubin painted the local sights with great excitement, motivated by the notion of having found a home, an environment that one had better familiarize oneself with, explore and document. Rubin’s landscapes, like those of his peers, deliver on canvas impressions of specific sites at a certain time, and therefore, with time they can also be regarded as historical documents.
The grandson strips his encounter with the landscape from any identifiable signs of place and time. He applies layers of paint onto the canvas instantly, sometimes also erasing them, as he does in his more familiar featureless figure paintings. In his landscapes the smear-erase-blur process is on the verge of abstraction and the outcome is often generalized open landscape moulds void of specific landmarks.
Eldar Farber moves back and forth between Israel and Europe, between the shores of the Yarkon river and the German woods. The real, actual landscape serves – in his own words – as a “source of information”, as a foundation on top of which he applies yet another layer expressing impressions and a state of mind, an internal dialogue in which he repeatedly examines what he sees, while moving there and back from the local Israeli landscape to the landscapes of Germany.
It is noteworthy that both artists belong to a generation for whom Israel is a self-evident place of birth. Their world of reference is global and “home” is where they choose to live and work. The notion of belonging, so crucial to the generations of immigrants, is regarded as a given, sometimes even a burden. From their point of view, each in his own particular way, the landscape is viewed as an aesthetic challenge, “a source of information”, another resource for “the invention of a place” in Ferber’s words, from which one can learn and explore. The Landscape is not a tool with which to assume a sense of identity or reinforce a sense of rootedness. “Viewing the landscape” says Gideon Rubin “purifies the tension between the brushstroke and what it describes”. Moreover, the movement of the brush on the canvas already bears the memory of the place.
The landscapes in the exhibition are in strong saturated green hues in the case of Farber’s paintings along with bright landscapes in light blue and grey in the case of Gideon Rubin. Both paint on large canvases or on small ones, without titles, signatures or dating. “Manipulation of matter so as to tell and to describe,” says Farber. Indeed, he takes the time to reflect, add and thicken the green, while what seems important to his friend is instant visibility, the outcome of the urgent, energetic movement of the brush. It seems however, that both of them relate in their landscapes to colour, form, and stain, as poetry does to words.
Online Exhibition: Drawn Together | Unit Gallery | 11 June 2020
Gideon Rubin is pleased to take part in Drawn Together - a large-scale online exhibition that is designed to raise money and support for the medical staff and volunteers that are most in need of help during these troubling and unprecedented times. A one-of-a-kind online project, Drawn Together has been designed to demonstrate solidarity and support from the artistic community for the work that is being carried out in hospitals by care workers, medical professionals and volunteers. Proceeds from the auction will go towards two charities: Doctors without Borders and World Vision.
Galleria Monica De Cardenas | 3 June - 10 October 2020 | Milan, Italy
Galleria Monica De Cardenas is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in Italy by Gideon Rubin. Rubin creates paintings where the figures are rendered without their facial features. Thus the gaze of the viewer is not captured by physiognomy, but by the atmosphere unleashed by the entire images; the subjects are characterised by their positions and attitudes, by the way they move in space and dress. Evanescent and melancholic, Rubin’s works speak of a past or a recollection that has surfaced in memory. The paint is dense and seductive, with fluid strokes that describe intimate atmospheres and complicity between the subjects portrayed. With their forcefully evocative character, these figures trigger direct empathy in the viewer.
Monica De Cardenas Via Francesco Vigano 4, 20124 Milan, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 3 - 7 pm & by appointment
Virtual Tour: Black Book | Jerusalem Artists' House | Until 25 April 2020
Jerusalem Artists' House have created a virtual tour of their current exhibition, making it possible to 'visit' the space and explore the exhibitions during this period of self-isolation. Currently on display is 'Black Book' by Gideon Rubin, alongside exhibitions by Abraham Kritzman, Eyal Sasson, David Teboul and Ofri Lifshitz. To take the tour, please visit the website of the Jerusalem Artists' House
Hosfelt Gallery | Art Fair: ADAA New York | 26 Feb - 1 March 2020
Black Book | Jerusalem Artists' House | 29 Feb - 25 April 2020
The Artists' House, Jerusalem, will present the series of work titled 'Black Book' - shown previously at the Freud Museum, London. Curated by Marie Shek, the exhibition is an opportunity to show the works in the unique setting of The Artists' House - an historic building that once housed The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts.
The Artists' House Shmuel Hanagid 12, Jerusalem, Israel
To Paint is to Love Again, curated Olivier Zahm | Nino Mier Gallery LA | Jan 2020
Curated by Olivier Zahm, 'To Paint is to Love Again' presents work by Rita Ackermann, Adam Alessi, Vanessa Beecroft, Judith Bernstein, Urs Fischer, Evita Flores, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Gideon Rubin, Gus Van Sant, Jim Shaw and Guy Yanai - amongst others.
Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
Eros | Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney | May - June 2019
Hoda Afshar’s (AUS) suite of photographs Behold offer an intimate view into a concealed world where tenderness rubs up against illegality, where sexuality is necessarily covert, not because some audiences might feel the need to claim protection but the protagonists depend on it. Tracey Snelling’s (USA) humorous but confronting dioramas are exposés of strip-tease at the strip-mall. The collision of uptight Christian morality going head-to-head with those giving head declares the extent of the cultural discord. Oddly both venues welcome you with open arms and promise to deliver ecstasy.
Alongside these works are extraordinary paintings by Tomislav Nikolic (AUS), Eric Fischl (USA), Jane Bustin (UK) and Frank Kenis (BEL) each of whom attend to notions of the sensual and the erotic – from Bustin’s and Nikolic’s distilled poetic symbolism to Fischl’s and Kenis’s forceful painterly explicitness.
Eros will travel to Fox Jensen McCrory in Auckland, New Zealand.
This small exhibition doesn’t pretend to be more than it is – a curious collection of evidence that we are and always have been surrounded by beautiful, dark, joyous, covert and occasionally unmasked eroticism. That this everyday eroticism gives force and poignancy to our existence, bliss to our temporary animation, and surprisingly regular highlights to the sometimes dry narratives of AH101.
What is clear from this slice of Eros is the range and distinctiveness of how we approach the erotic. From Gideon Rubin’s (IL) undemonstrative and highly sensitive paintings that are tuned to a more “domestic” eroticism; to Hayv Kahraman’s (USA) loaded compositions that conflate cultural and art historical references with a deeply personal self-examination; to Aiko Robinson’s (NZ) contemporary resuscitation of Japanese “shunga” pornography. For all of these artists there is lengthy precedent for the conceptual basis for their work but they bring idiosyncrasy and freshness to the aesthetics of Eros.
On Hair and Bathing | The Artists House Tel Aviv | 21 Sept - 14 Dec 2019
Curated by Irit Levin, the group exhibition 'On Hair and Bathing' is on view at the Artists House Tel Aviv, Israel until 14 December 2019.
Announcement: Gideon Rubin Represented by Fox/Jensen and FoxJensenMcCrory
Hosfelt Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Gideon Rubin at the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) 2020, New York. Organised annually, the ADAA offers intimately scaled and thoughtfully curated presentations by the nation's leading fine art dealers, providing a rich selection of works from the late 19th century through today.
Art Dealers Association of America Hosfelt Gallery, Booth D24, Park Avenue Armory, New York City. www.artdealers.org
Fox/Jensen and FoxJensenMcCrory are thrilled to announce that Gideon Rubin will be represented by the galleries in Sydney and Auckland.
Looking at Gideon's paintings one certainly has the feeling that he shared something with each of the sitters. The children, the swimmers, the Red Army soldier, the dancers, the women, the landscape, the lovers - all somehow his. And though time and history make this implausible it is a highly desirable fiction. Gideon Rubin's great capacity as a painter is to make these small, poignant narratives manifest in paint, alive with the awareness that only making can do. He brings us close to them through the humanity and discernment with which he approaches making. Having first exhibited with the galleries in Eros (2019) Gideon will have his first solo exhibition in Auckland in 2020.
Artist in Residence | Palazzo Monti Residency | Brescia, Italy | May 2020
Gideon Rubin will be the Artist-in-Residence at Palazzo Monti, an artist residency program based in Brescia, housed in a palazzo that dates back to 1200. Built in the XIII century, the residency is conveniently located at a short distance from the culturally rich cities of Milan, Venice and Florence. Decorated with Neoclassicist frescos from the late 1750s, the palazzo provides an inspiring setting to create contemporary art.