Robert Kushner American, b. 1949


Robert Kushner, who emerged in the early 1970s as a performance artist, is well known for his richly textured and opulent paintings of flowers, which have been his main concentration since the late 1980s. The artist says, Gold leaf made its way into my paintings, and my subject matter began to shift from figures to flowers and plant forms...Japanese influences slumbered and meshed with other sources for a few years. However, as a counterbalance, Matisse, Bonnard, Klimpt, O'Keefe and Demuth remained (and still remain) important sources for me.


Robert Kushner has exhibited extensively, and his work can be found in the collections of many prestigious institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Tate Gallery in London and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.