Robert Kushner, ‘"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother" (The Fifth Commandment)’, 1987, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Kushner, ‘"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother" (The Fifth Commandment)’, 1987, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Kushner, ‘"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother" (The Fifth Commandment)’, 1987, Alpha 137 Gallery

This five color lithograph on Dieu Donne hand made paper with deckled edges is pencil signed, dated and numbered from the limited edition of 84. This 1980s Robert Kushner print was created as part of the 1987 portfolio "The Ten Commandments", in which ten top Jewish American artists were each invited to choose an Old Testament commandment to interpret in contemporary lithographic form. The "Chosen" artists were, in order of Commandment: Kenny Scharf, Joseph Nechvatal, Gretchen Bender, April Gornik, Robert Kushner, Nancy Spero, Vito Acconci, Jane Dickson, Judy Rifka and Richard Bosman. This lithograph is in excellent condition; unframed with deckled edges so it would look terrific when floated and framed. This is the first time it will have been removed from the original portfolio case. (shown). Lisa Liebmann, who wrote the introduction to the collection, observed: "...The image has, for most of us, replaced the word..." With respect to the present work, she writes, "There is a sweet smell of nostalgia to Robert Kushner's view of the FIFTH COMMANDMENT, to honor one's parents. Kushner's subtly ornate use of colors suffuses his subject with a filagreed texture of warmth. In this gentle icon, the traditional duo - all those Ozzies and Harriets in our hearts and on the airwaves -are frames as if by a bubble bath of affection." Excellent original condition.

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Signature: Signed and numbered in graphite from the limited edition of only 84.

Publisher: Karl Heckscher and Judith Solodkin of Solo Press

Housed in the original Ten Commandments Portfolio, 1987, Art Issue Editions, Inc.

About Robert Kushner

Robert Kushner participated in the early development of the Pattern and Decoration Movement in the 1970s, and is known for championing a decorative style of painting. “I never get tired of pursuing new ideas in the realm of ornamentation,” he said. “Decoration, an abjectly pejorative dismissal for many, is a very big, somewhat defiant declaration for me.” Artisanal objects the artist discovered in his travels abroad—particularly Japanese screen doors, Islamic patterns, and Uzbekistani embroideries—strongly affected the development of his organic plant forms, grid-based compositions, and use of bold colors and gold leaf. He was also strongly influenced by Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gustav Klimt, and the French Nabis painters. Since the 1980s, flowers and leaves have become Kushner’s signature motif.

American, b. 1949, Pasadena, California

Solo Shows

2012
Santa Fe,
Robert Kushner WILDFLOWERS / GARDEN FLOWERS

Group Shows

2015
Long Island City,
2012
New Canaan,
Patterns and Forms
2008
Hudson River Museum of Westchester, 
Yonkers, NY, United States,
'Pattern and Decoration, An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975 - 1985'
1984
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure
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