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After the Dance

© Robert Kushner. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

After the Dance

Artist: Robert Kushner (Born in Pasadena, California, 1949)
Culture: American
Date: 1980
Medium: Acrylic on unprimed canvas
Dimensions:
48 3/4 × 106 9/16 inches (123.8 × 270.7 cm)
Frame: 49 7/8 × 107 15/16 × 1 3/4 inches (126.7 × 274.2 × 4.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Carolyn McKean Grosslight
Label Text:Robert Kushner led the Pattern and Decoration movement, which challenged dominant modern art movements and questioned the distinction between “decorative art” and “fine art.” In the 1970s and 1980s, artists like Kushner looked for inspiration to previously underappreciated artistic sources such as wallpaper, quilts, and printed textiles. Non-Western art forms, including Islamic tile work, Persian rugs, and Byzantine mosaics, also informed these artists. In After the Dance, Kushner follows Pattern and Decoration principles by resisting stylistic trends and hard-edged abstraction in favor of covering the entire canvas with a dramatic, swirling scene of two amorous, intertwined couples. The figures and the background blend, making the energetic mixture of neon colors the focal point. Inspired by either a personal photograph or a magazine image, this work is an example of Kushner’s creative process, which begins with specific source material that he reimagines to create a new, unique composition.
Provenance: Purchased by Peter Grosslight from M.P. Greene (1985). M.P. Greene acquired the work from James Mayor Gallery, London (1981). James Mayor Gallery acquired the work directly from the artist (1981).
Object number: 2014.18.1
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