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Susan Rothenberg

Horses 1974-1977

February 14 – April 7, 2007

Susan Rothenberg Untitled, 1977
Susan Rothenberg Untitled, 1977
Susan Rothenberg Untitled, 1977

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Associates is pleased the announce of Susan Rothenberg Horses: 1974-1977. In 1974 Rothenberg made her first horse paintings, established many of the tenets of what would become her most well-known imagery. The gallery has compiled ten paintings, drawings, and hand-painted lithographs from this early period. Susan Rothenberg Horses: 1974-1977 is accompanied by an essay by Robert Storr, the Dean of the Yale School of Art and Commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Rothenberg's horse paintings defy easy categorization - they avoid the commercial references of Pop and re-introduced imagery into the Minimalist field. The Horse pictures connect the artist to several of the leading postwar art movements, from Color Field painting and Earth Art projects to Abstract Expressionism and even feminist and body art.

This exhibition offers the opportunity to see how Rothenberg worked and re-worked the iconic image of the horse and experimented with its structure and composition. Rothenberg's horses are pared down to their most essential elements. They share a familiar, warm appeal that in some instances is soothing and in others is dramatic and invigorating. This distillation of the animal makes these compositions almost totemic, like primitive symbols.

Susan Rothenberg was born in Buffalo, New York in 1945 and received a BFA from Cornell University. She has had one person exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Tate Gallery, London.