Robert Kirschbaum

Primary Medium: Printmaking
Other media: Paint, Sculpture

Tags : Abstraction, Architecture, Jewish, Judaic, Geometric


PO Box 370062
West Hartford, CT 06137
Phone: 860-930-7816
Email: robert (dot) kirschbaum (at) trincoll (dot) edu

Artist Statement
Throughout my career, I have pursued several different avenues of exploration, involving a variety of media -- printmaking, painting, works on fabric, photographic works, and sculpture -- and ideas derived from Judaic culture, Asian and Western art and artisanry, and mathematics and science. I have consistently maintained, and expressed an innate curiosity about our world and its people, trying to expand my knowledge of, and sensitivity to the variety of cultural and historical imperatives which motivate artists throughout the world. By studying the art of other cultures and delving deeply into my own heritage, I have attempted to discern and express ideas that have some universal resonance. I focus on signs and symbols derived from the Kabbalah and ancient Judaic art. South Indian temple architecture, Tibetan thangka paintings, and Indian tribal textiles have contributed form, structure and color, and have added a ritual dimension to my process.

Selected Works


Akedah, #54 - 2009 - Pigmented inkjet print - 36" x 32"

Akedah,#52 - 2008 - Mixed media on paper - 9" x 8"

Akedah,#48 - 2008 - Mixed media on paper - 9" x 8"

The 42-Letter Name - 2009 - Print folio/artist's book, letterpress - 12-3/4 x 9-3/4 x 1-7/8

42-Letter Name, #38 - 2009 - Relief print - 8" x 5 " on 9" x 12" sheet

42-Letter Name, #33 - 2009 - Relief print - 8" x 5 " on 9" x 12" sheet

Devarim, #41,#29, & #23 - 2011 - Machined aluminum - Each, 6" x 6" x 6"

Devarim, #33, #37, & #13 - 2011 - Machined aluminum - Each, 6" x 6" x 6"

Devarim, #44, #20, & #28 - 2011 - Machined aluminum - Each, 6" x 6" x 6"

Ashlar #1 - 2011 - Acrylic on wood. - 30" x 30"


Artist Bio
Robert Kirschbaum received his MFA degree from Yale University in 1974, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Rochester and the Boston Museum School. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbright awards and an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States and abroad. His artwork is in permanent collections, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, the U.S. State Department, and the Pennell Print Collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

In his paintings and prints, Kirschbaum explores Judaic concepts of sacred space derived from ancient Jewish art and the Kabbalah, and fuses them with forms and colors inspired by South Asian art and craft traditions. Accordingly, he has visited India as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, and mounted a solo exhibition of his prints at the Jerusalem Artists' House in Israel, which was followed by a tour of significant archaeological sites. Kirschbaum's art is discussed and reproduced in the recent book, “Jewish Art in America,” and in journals, newspapers and magazines as diverse as Ars Judaica, Tikkun magazine, the New York Times, the Deccan Herald, The Statesman (Calcutta) and SPAN magazine (New Delhi). Writing in Tikkun, critic Matthew Baigell said that Kirschbaum's images, “might be considered intellectual exercises in exploring the various mystical states of mind evoked by contemplating the Temple in Jerusalem. Kirschbaum suggests that reflecting upon the Temple and entry into it symbolizes transformation, revelation, rebirth, and, not least, hope.”

Kirschbaum has been teaching in universities for more than thirty-five years. He has held full time positions at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Montclair State University in New Jersey. A native of New York, where he maintains a studio, Kirschbaum is currently Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. At Trinity, he served as Director of Studio Arts from 1990 to 1998, and as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1995.


 

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