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July 29th, 2009 By Steven Rosen | Arts | Posted In: Visual Art

Taft Museum Gets Contemporary

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A show by a Cincinnati contemporary representational painter, "Axis Mundi: New Works by Emil Robinson (A Keystone Contemporary Show)," opens with a 1-4 p.m. reception Sunday at Taft Museum of Art downtown. Robinson will give a talk about his work during the event. This is the first show in what is to be an annual Taft show devoted to an emerging contemporary artist, and will debut four new paintings by Robinson.

The Taft's press release says that "Robinson has placed meticulously rendered figures against geometric backgrounds.

This juxtaposition of realism versus pure pattern reveals the magic of painting — we see what appear to be volumetric forms but are simultaneously reminded that a painting is a two-dimensional surface. By working within, and subverting, the traditional genre of portraiture, Robinson also lends a new perspective on portraits in the Taft collection, such as 17th-century Dutch painter Frans Hals’s pendant portraits of a husband and wife."

Robinson graduated with a MFA from rom the University of Cincinnati in 2006. In 2007, he received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, a Canadian organization that supports emerging representational artists from around the world. The grant allowed him to spend six months painting in London. Robinson teaches figure drawing and painting at the University of Cincinnati and at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in East Walnut Hills.

The show is up through Oct. 18

 
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