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Installation View, Sperone Westwater, 2020

Susan Rothenberg (1945-2020) was born in Buffalo, New York and received her BFA from Cornell University in 1967. Rothenberg rose to prominence in 1975 with her first New York solo exhibition at alternative art space 112 Greene Street. It consisted of three large paintings of horses. Almost 20 years later Peter Schjeldahl, when writing about her 1993 Albright-Knox retrospective, called that 1975 exhibition, a “eureka” moment because, for him and some artists, it brought painting back from the dead, having “introduced symbolic imagery into Minimalist abstraction.” In 1978, she was included in “New Image Painting” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Though often associated with this series of work, Rothenberg only painted horses for a short time in her career, and through the 1980s quickly moved on to explore other subjects, including heads, hands and other fragments of the human form, which morphed into a series of figures in motion–dancers, vaulters, spinners and jugglers. Rothenberg lived and worked in New York for nearly 20 years until 1990 when she moved to New Mexico. In this new setting, Rothenberg drew imagery from her daily life and physical surroundings in the New Mexico desert. Here she continued to draw upon her longtime ability to challenge and expand painterly conventions in her distinctive way of organizing pictorial space and her exploration of light, color, form and movement.

Rothenberg had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including early presentations at Kunsthalle, Basel (1981-82), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1982) and an exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traveled to seven institutions in the United States and abroad (1983-85). Others include a retrospective organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo that traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum, The Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Seattle Art Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art (1992-94); a survey at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico (1996-97); “Susan Rothenberg: Paintings from the Nineties” at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1999); and an exhibition of drawings and prints at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University which traveled to the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (1998-99). A survey exhibition, “Moving in Place,” was organized by Michael Auping, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and traveled to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe and the Miami Art Museum (2009-11). Rothenberg’s work is in important public and private collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Hall Collection; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 1987, Rothenberg had her first solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater, where she exhibited regularly (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2016 and 2020).

Artworks

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Susan Rothenberg
Pianist Playing Schubert, 2019
oil on canvas
64 x 91 1/8 inches (162,5 x 231,4 cm)
SW 19342

 

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Susan Rothenberg
​Pack Rat Fall, 2016-2019
oil on canvas
54 1/4 x 47 1/8 inches (137,7 x 119,7 cm)
SW 19347

 

 

 

 

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Susan Rothenberg
Band + Hands, 2018
oil paint, charcoal and graphite on paper
58 1/2 x 71 3/4 inches (148,6 x 182,2 cm)
62 x 75 1/4 inches (157,5 x 191,1 cm) frame
​SW 19350

 

 

 

 

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Susan Rothenberg
Buddha Monk, 2018-19
oil on canvas
50 x 51 1/8 inches (127 x 129,9 cm)
SW 19346

 

 

 

 

Susan Rothenberg
The Caribbean, 2015
oil on canvas
50 1/4 x 72 inches (127,5 x 183 cm)
SW 16180
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Red Bird, 2014
oil on canvas
57 x 51 1/4 inches (145 x 130 cm)
SW 16169
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Pink Raven, 2012
oil on canvas
62 3/4 x 48 inches (159 x 122 cm)
Hall Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Ring Necks, Covering, 2011
oil on canvas
57 1/4 x 65 1/4 inches (145,4 x 165,7 cm)
SW 11236
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Raven, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
87 1/2 x 75 1/8 inches (222,3 x 190,8 cm)
SW 11229
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
White on White Head, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
57 1/8 x 64 1/2 inches (145 x 163,8 cm)
SW 11234

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Susan Rothenberg
The Height The Width The Weight, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
42 3/4 x 51 inches (108,6 x 129,5 cm)
SW 11233
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Strangers in the Night, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
81 x 115 1/4 inches (205,7 x 292,7 cm)
SW 11228
Collection of Tate, London

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Flash, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
68 x 77 inches (172,8 x 195,6 cm)
SW 11227

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yellow and flesh colored limbs floating over a grey background

Susan Rothenberg
The Master, 2008
oil on canvas
63 x 82 3/4 inches (160 x 210,2 cm)
SW 08398

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Susan Rothenberg
Tilt, 2008
oil on canvas
52 x 55 inches (132,1 x 139,7 cm)
SW 08394
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
The Corner, 2008
oil on canvas
71 x 57 inches (180,3 x 144,8 cm)
SW 08401
Hall Collection

painting of three masks hanging from a red wall with two disembodied yellow hands emerging from a white ground to touch one of them

Susan Rothenberg
Three Masks, 2006
oil on canvas
59 1/4 x 66 1/8 inches (150,5 x 168 cm)
SW 06384
The Phillips Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Dog and Snake, 2004-2005
oil on canvas
49 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches (126,4 x 92,7 cm)
SW 06386

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Susan Rothenberg
With Martini, 2002
oil on canvas
76 x 87 inches (193 x 221 cm)
SW 02132
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Funk, 2001-2002
oil on canvas
65 x 62 inches (165,1 x 157,5 cm)
SW 02130
Private Collection

green painting of disembodied arms, noses, eyes and lips playing dominoes

Susan Rothenberg
Dominos-Cold, 2001
oil on canvas
86 1/2 x 72 1/2 inches (219,7 x 184,2 cm)
SW 02039
The Phillips Collection

aerial view of five deer being chased by two dogs with two partial and abstracted human figures

Susan Rothenberg
White Deer, 1999-2001
oil on canvas
91 1/2 x 112 inches (232,4 x 284,5 cm)
SW 01206
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

dogs run across a white, bending creek as black ravens fly overhead

Susan Rothenberg
Galisteo Creek, 1992
oil on canvas
112 x 148 inches (284,5 x 376 cm)
SW 92288
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
 

Susan Rothenberg
Dogs Killing Rabbit, 1991-92
oil on canvas
87 x 141 inches (221 x 358,1 cm)
SW 92290
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

red-orange painting of an abstracted human figure contorted into a donut shape

Susan Rothenberg
Orange Break, 1989-1990
oil on canvas
79 3/4 x 95 inches (203 x 241 cm)
SW 89384
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

large-scale painting of a refracted figure or dancer in motion

Susan Rothenberg
Vertical Spin, 1986-1987
oil on canvas
130 x 112 1/2 inches (330,8 x 285,8 cm)
Collection of Tate, London

a dancer bends forward as she balances on one leg with one leg lifted behind her

Susan Rothenberg
Holding the Floor, 1985
oil on canvas
84 x 147 inches (213,4 x 373,4 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

three outlines of heads in red black and grey with a black footprint on a white ground

Susan Rothenberg
Three Plus One, 1981-1982
acrylic on canvas
88 x 94 inches (223,5 x 239 cm)
SW 01176
Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Head, 1980-1981
acrylic and flashe on canvas
114 x 114 inches (289,6 x 289,6 cm)
Collection of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

frontal view of a blue horse emerging from a black background and framed by two white horse legs forming an arch

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Frontal, 1978
acrylic and flashe on canvas
79 x 90 1/4 inches (200,5 x 229 cm)
SW 16147

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monochromatic sienna painting of a horse in motion with a black shadow of a second horse visible around the edges of the horse's profile

Susan Rothenberg
Cabin Fever, 1976
acrylic and tempera on canvas
66 3/4 x 84 1/2 inches (169,5 x 214,6 cm)
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

silhouette of a horse in motion against a burnt sienna background with intersecting black diagonals

Susan Rothenberg
Butterfly, 1976
acrylic and matte medium on canvas
69 1/2 x 83 inches (176,5 x 210,8 cm)
SW 94478
Collection of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Susan Rothenberg
Four Color Horse, 1976
acrylic and flashe on canvas
67 x 112 inches (170,2 x 284,5 cm)
SW 11105
Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

monochromatic white painting of the profile of a horse in motion

Susan Rothenberg
Recoup, 1976
acrylic and tempera on canvas
67 3/4 x 86 1/2 inches (172,1 x 219,7 cm)
Collection Fondation Carmignac, France

profile view of the outline of a horse on a two-tone canvas of sienna and black

Susan Rothenberg
United States, 1975
acrylic and tempera on canvas
111 3/8 x 192 1/8 inches (283 x 488 cm)
Collection of Tate, London

profile view of the outline of two white horses in front of a white background

Susan Rothenberg
Dos Equis, 1974
acrylic and tempera on canvas
67 x 116 1/2 inches (170 x 296 cm)
SW 16150

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Susan Rothenberg
Pianist Playing Schubert, 2019
oil on canvas
64 x 91 1/8 inches (162,5 x 231,4 cm)
SW 19342

 

Susan Rothenberg
​Pack Rat Fall, 2016-2019
oil on canvas
54 1/4 x 47 1/8 inches (137,7 x 119,7 cm)
SW 19347

 

 

 

 

Susan Rothenberg
Band + Hands, 2018
oil paint, charcoal and graphite on paper
58 1/2 x 71 3/4 inches (148,6 x 182,2 cm)
62 x 75 1/4 inches (157,5 x 191,1 cm) frame
​SW 19350

 

 

 

 

Susan Rothenberg
Buddha Monk, 2018-19
oil on canvas
50 x 51 1/8 inches (127 x 129,9 cm)
SW 19346

 

 

 

 

Susan Rothenberg
The Caribbean, 2015
oil on canvas
50 1/4 x 72 inches (127,5 x 183 cm)
SW 16180
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Red Bird, 2014
oil on canvas
57 x 51 1/4 inches (145 x 130 cm)
SW 16169
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Pink Raven, 2012
oil on canvas
62 3/4 x 48 inches (159 x 122 cm)
Hall Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Ring Necks, Covering, 2011
oil on canvas
57 1/4 x 65 1/4 inches (145,4 x 165,7 cm)
SW 11236
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Raven, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
87 1/2 x 75 1/8 inches (222,3 x 190,8 cm)
SW 11229
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
White on White Head, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
57 1/8 x 64 1/2 inches (145 x 163,8 cm)
SW 11234

Susan Rothenberg
The Height The Width The Weight, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
42 3/4 x 51 inches (108,6 x 129,5 cm)
SW 11233
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Strangers in the Night, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
81 x 115 1/4 inches (205,7 x 292,7 cm)
SW 11228
Collection of Tate, London

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Flash, 2009-2010
oil on canvas
68 x 77 inches (172,8 x 195,6 cm)
SW 11227

yellow and flesh colored limbs floating over a grey background

Susan Rothenberg
The Master, 2008
oil on canvas
63 x 82 3/4 inches (160 x 210,2 cm)
SW 08398

Susan Rothenberg
Tilt, 2008
oil on canvas
52 x 55 inches (132,1 x 139,7 cm)
SW 08394
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
The Corner, 2008
oil on canvas
71 x 57 inches (180,3 x 144,8 cm)
SW 08401
Hall Collection

painting of three masks hanging from a red wall with two disembodied yellow hands emerging from a white ground to touch one of them

Susan Rothenberg
Three Masks, 2006
oil on canvas
59 1/4 x 66 1/8 inches (150,5 x 168 cm)
SW 06384
The Phillips Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Dog and Snake, 2004-2005
oil on canvas
49 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches (126,4 x 92,7 cm)
SW 06386

Susan Rothenberg
With Martini, 2002
oil on canvas
76 x 87 inches (193 x 221 cm)
SW 02132
Private Collection

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Funk, 2001-2002
oil on canvas
65 x 62 inches (165,1 x 157,5 cm)
SW 02130
Private Collection

green painting of disembodied arms, noses, eyes and lips playing dominoes

Susan Rothenberg
Dominos-Cold, 2001
oil on canvas
86 1/2 x 72 1/2 inches (219,7 x 184,2 cm)
SW 02039
The Phillips Collection

aerial view of five deer being chased by two dogs with two partial and abstracted human figures

Susan Rothenberg
White Deer, 1999-2001
oil on canvas
91 1/2 x 112 inches (232,4 x 284,5 cm)
SW 01206
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

dogs run across a white, bending creek as black ravens fly overhead

Susan Rothenberg
Galisteo Creek, 1992
oil on canvas
112 x 148 inches (284,5 x 376 cm)
SW 92288
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
 

Susan Rothenberg
Dogs Killing Rabbit, 1991-92
oil on canvas
87 x 141 inches (221 x 358,1 cm)
SW 92290
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

red-orange painting of an abstracted human figure contorted into a donut shape

Susan Rothenberg
Orange Break, 1989-1990
oil on canvas
79 3/4 x 95 inches (203 x 241 cm)
SW 89384
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

large-scale painting of a refracted figure or dancer in motion

Susan Rothenberg
Vertical Spin, 1986-1987
oil on canvas
130 x 112 1/2 inches (330,8 x 285,8 cm)
Collection of Tate, London

a dancer bends forward as she balances on one leg with one leg lifted behind her

Susan Rothenberg
Holding the Floor, 1985
oil on canvas
84 x 147 inches (213,4 x 373,4 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

three outlines of heads in red black and grey with a black footprint on a white ground

Susan Rothenberg
Three Plus One, 1981-1982
acrylic on canvas
88 x 94 inches (223,5 x 239 cm)
SW 01176
Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Head, 1980-1981
acrylic and flashe on canvas
114 x 114 inches (289,6 x 289,6 cm)
Collection of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

frontal view of a blue horse emerging from a black background and framed by two white horse legs forming an arch

Susan Rothenberg
Blue Frontal, 1978
acrylic and flashe on canvas
79 x 90 1/4 inches (200,5 x 229 cm)
SW 16147

monochromatic sienna painting of a horse in motion with a black shadow of a second horse visible around the edges of the horse's profile

Susan Rothenberg
Cabin Fever, 1976
acrylic and tempera on canvas
66 3/4 x 84 1/2 inches (169,5 x 214,6 cm)
Collection of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

silhouette of a horse in motion against a burnt sienna background with intersecting black diagonals

Susan Rothenberg
Butterfly, 1976
acrylic and matte medium on canvas
69 1/2 x 83 inches (176,5 x 210,8 cm)
SW 94478
Collection of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Susan Rothenberg
Four Color Horse, 1976
acrylic and flashe on canvas
67 x 112 inches (170,2 x 284,5 cm)
SW 11105
Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

monochromatic white painting of the profile of a horse in motion

Susan Rothenberg
Recoup, 1976
acrylic and tempera on canvas
67 3/4 x 86 1/2 inches (172,1 x 219,7 cm)
Collection Fondation Carmignac, France

profile view of the outline of a horse on a two-tone canvas of sienna and black

Susan Rothenberg
United States, 1975
acrylic and tempera on canvas
111 3/8 x 192 1/8 inches (283 x 488 cm)
Collection of Tate, London

profile view of the outline of two white horses in front of a white background

Susan Rothenberg
Dos Equis, 1974
acrylic and tempera on canvas
67 x 116 1/2 inches (170 x 296 cm)
SW 16150