The latest exhibition of the New York-based Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Richenburg explores critically acclaimed work from the 1950s to the 1970s, marking the first official appearance of the Abstract Expressionist movement.
In 1950, while still a student of Hans Hofmann, he exhibited at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. The following year was a turning point in his career when Leo Castelli selected one of his pieces for the historic 9th Street Exhibition and began a long-term teaching career at the Pratt Institute. By 1961, the critic Irving Sandler declared that "Richenburg had become one of the most influential painters in the New York art world." Since then his career has begun, and his paintings have been widely exhibited and reviewed, and purchased by major collectors such as Walter Chrysler, and Joseph Hirshhorn, and museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and others.
His creativity is at the heart of his life, and he has a strong view of what it means to be an artist. Some of his maxims include painting a painting is to kill a thought” and “to think while painting is a form of degradation.” Ultimately, when he was forced to resign for not limiting his students' expression in art, his allegiance to the creative process would keep him away from the institute.