Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz (06/20/1935- )  was born in Brooklyn, New York.  In 1948 his father left the family.  He held several jobs and took night classes in engineering drafting at the Mechanics Institute of  New York.  After graduating, he attended Pratt Institute of Art. Moskowitz derives the images in his paintings and drawings from art history and common icons of the contemporary world.  The opposition of flatness and depth are a consistent element in his work.  In 1959 he went to England and spent one year in a community of artists in Bushey.  When he returned to Brooklyn he worked as a freelance technical illustrator. In 1961 his work was included in an exhibition entitled "The Art of Assemblage," a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.  That same year, he participated in a group show at the Leo Castelli Gallery (where he has his first solo exhibition in 1962).  He held his first solo exhibition in eight years at French and Co. in New York in 1970.  He has had solo exhibitions in cities all over the country, including San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis.  His group exhibitions have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and many other museums and galleries throughout the world. In 1973 he began a stretcher business with a friend, drove a taxi, painted, and taught.  In 1975 he introduced color into his work, and received the National Endowment for the Arts' Visual Artist Fellowship.  From 1981 until 1984 he was the artist in residence in the graduate department of the Maryland Institute. Moskowitz's work is in the permanent collection of many public and private institutions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bennington College Art Collection, the High Museum, and the Kitakyushi Municipal Museum in Japan.

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