Robert Swain

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Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 6x6 - 3x23 Acrylic on canvas 2016 72 x 72 at David Richard Gallery

Untitled 6x6 - 3x23
- Acrylic on canvas , 2016
72 x 72 in
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Robert Swain has spent his entire career devising a unique system for organizing over two thousand colors and studying how humans interact with and feel color. His approach to color is less theoretical and more empirical as evidenced by his highly systematic approach to painting over the past four plus decades. Through his rigorous evaluations, Swain has gone beyond how we perceive the physical effects of color to how we experience the emotional and physiological sensations produced by color in certain arrangements and configurations. Thus, his paintings go beyond physical observation to a phenomenological affect.

Robert Swain thinks of color as energy and a trigger for a series of physiochemical reactions in humans that results in certain sensations. Through abstract painting, Swain can uncouple color from any cultural signifier and cognitive system and examine the pure affect of color on the human psyche. The emotional and psychological ramifications result from the combination of the particular colors, their values and degree of saturation as well as adjacency to other colors, overall organization and scale. In this exhibition, two series of Swain’s paintings will be presented: the well known meticulous grids with their flat pristine surfaces and his newest all-over paintings with their lush painterly surfaces referred to as the “Brushstroke” series.

Robert Swain received a BA Degree from the American University in Washington, D. C. in 1964. Currently, he lives and works in New York City and is a Professor at Hunter College. He has had eighteen solo exhibitions, the most recent being a major retrospective at Hunter College / Times Square Gallery in 2010. His work has been included in over sixty group exhibitions, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 1968 he was included in The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Thirty-First Biennial and again in 1998 for The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Forty-Fifth Biennial. Swain’s artwork is represented in over 284 private and public collections, including The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Milwaukee Art Center, The Everson Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 

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Systemic Pattern Painting
ArtCritical.com, 09/29/2018


Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Systemic Pattern Painting
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Monday, September 17, 2018
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EXHIBITIONS

Systemic Pattern Painting: Artists of The Criss-Cross Cooperative featuring Charles DiJulio, Dean Fleming, Richard Kallweit, Gloria Klein, Marilyn Nelson, Clark Richert, Dee Shapiro, Robert Swain, George Woodman, Mario Yrisarry
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
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Summer Break, Art Selections, Part I
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018
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Panel Discussion: Robert Swain, Tricia Bloom, and Donald Kuspit. Moderated by Matthew Deleget
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 6x6 - 3x23 Acrylic on canvas 2016 72 x 72 at David Richard Gallery Untitled 6x6 - 3x23
Acrylic on canvas   2016
72 x 72 in
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SWAR10400
Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 5x5-1x23 Acrylic on canvas 2015 60 x 60 at David RIchard Gallery Untitled 5x5-1x23
Acrylic on canvas   2015
60 x 60 in
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Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 5x5-21x29C Acrylic on canvas 2015 60 x 60 at David Richard Gallery Untitled 5x5-21x29C
Acrylic on canvas   2015
60 x 60 in
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SWAR10398
Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 6x6 - 29x11 Acrylic on canvas 2016 72 x 72 at David Richard Gallery Untitled 6x6 - 29x11
Acrylic on canvas   2016
72 x 72 in
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Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 6x6 21x21x1 Yellow Acrylic on canvas 2016 72 x 72 at David Richard Gallery Untitled 6x6 21x21x1 Yellow
Acrylic on canvas   2016
72 x 72 in
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Robert  Swain Robert Swain Untitled 6x6-1x21 Acrylic on canvas 2016 72 x 72 at David Richard Gallery Untitled 6x6-1x21
Acrylic on canvas   2016
72 x 72 in
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SWAR10399
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