Robert Kushner
Night River, 2016
Jacquard tapestry
55 x 113 inches
Edition of 8

Robert Kushner’s work is characterized by an aesthetic that is at once lavish and delicate, and by a continually renewed interest in the use of textiles. Both of these artistic trademarks find a new incarnation in Kushner’s tapestries. In Dark River, depictions of flowers and plants often associated with Asian arts – quince, spider chrysanthemums, iris, fern, lilies, flowering cherry – are scattered loosely across a dark fluid background. In Change of Seasons and Further Changes, the artist’s characteristic gold embellishments are reproduced brilliantly using metallic thread. The translation to woven fibers complements the quiet majesty of Kushner’s lyrical patterns; their studied details radiate an effortless elegance.