River Library, #50
Ganges River sediment on Indian paper
11 x 21.5 inches
From the series: River Library
Raquel Rabinovich - Statement
Rivers change as they remain the same. While their waters constantly flow, their sediments accrete layer upon layer. I use water and stones from the Hudson River to construct sculptures, and sediment from various rivers to make drawings.
"Emergences" is the name of an ongoing series of sculpture installations that I am creating on the shores of the Hudson River. Although each installation is site-specific, they all consist of natural stones arranged to reveal the rhythmic cycles of emergence and submergence created twice a day by the river tides. At high tide the sculptures are submerged in the river. The waters claim my art. At low tide they reappear and then the earth reclaims them. The pieces manifest the relationship between visibility and invisibility, the illusion of permanence and the reality of impermanence. Merging with their surroundings, the pieces resonate with the ever-changing currents of the waters, the weather, the seasons. In turn they echo our own existence. Human life unfolds like "Emergences." Moment to moment, the sculptures remain sculptures and we remain ourselves. Yet both the sculptures and we are in a perpetual state of flux. Some of the changes are predictable, others are unexpected; some are gradual and barely perceptible, others are sudden and dramatic. They are revealed and concealed in slow time. Eventually, over time, the river will reclaim the sculptures and will render them forever invisible.
"River Library" is a series of drawings on hand-made Indian paper, created with sediment from various rivers including the Hudson, the Ganges, and the Ayeyarwadi. Mud is the world in one place, its history in one moment. Mud is a residue, a trace, a memory, the remains of the world. Space being covered by time. For me the process of making mud drawings reenacts the history of the earth, for the drawings originate in chaos, in the unformed darkness of mud. In their making, they unfold from disorder into order and form. Submergence and emergence. Invisibility and visibility. The accumulation of layers of sediment in the drawings parallels the very formation of sediment itself in the depths of the river. Enfolded in the sediment there is an unspoken, unwritten text: concealed histories of the earth, people, cultures. Libraries hint at what is knowable and unknowable, at mysteries and wonder, at imaginable and unimaginable realms. My drawings are pages of books of an infinite library.
Raquel Rabinovich - Biography
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 1929
Moved to the United States in 1967
Became an American citizen in 1973
Lives in upstate New York
The University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Atelier Andre Lhote, Paris, France
La Sorbonne, Paris, France
Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Individual Artists’ Program of the New York State Council on the Arts Grant
National Endowment for the Arts US/France Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship
Artists Space Grant
Artists Space Grant
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Threshold, sculpture memorial, Marbletown Rail Trail, Stone Ridge, NY
Emergences video documentary , Deep Listening Space, POF, Kingston, NY
Emergences (ongoing project of site-specific sculpture installations on the shores of the Hudson River)
Light Unworn, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York City
Enfolded Darkness, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York City
Raquel Rabinovich: Drawings 1978-1995, INTAR Gallery, New York City; guest curated by Julia P. Herzberg
Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA; curated by Ricardo Viera
Beyond the Surface (3-person exhibition), "Chhodrtens," Americas Society, New York City; curated by Fatima Bercht
Invisible Cities, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City; curated by Holly Block
C Space, New York City
Kouros Gallery, New York City
New Spaces (3-person exhibition), "The Map is not the Territory," Center for Inter-American Relations, New York City; curated by John Stringer
Shelter, Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S.1, New York City
Cloister, Crossing, Passageway, 1.32, The Jewish Museum Sculpture Court (outdoor installation), New York City
Cloister, Crossing, Passageway, 1.32, The City University of New York Graduate Center Mall (indoor installation), New York City; curated by Ray Ring
Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York City
Hecksher Museum. Huntington, NY
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Art on Paper 2004, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC; curated by Ron Platt
Voces y Visiones; Highlights from El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection, El Museo del Barrio, New York City
Imaging the River, "River Library," Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; guest curated by Amy Lipton
Sticks and Stones II, "River Tones,: Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY; guest curated by Grace Knowlton
US Arts Campsite, "Within /Without," University Settlement Campus, Beacon, NY
Miami Currents, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
blobs, wiggles and dots, webs and crustillations, The Work Space, New York City; guest curated by Lucio Pozzi
Abstract Dilemmas: The American Abstract Artists, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
New Acquisitions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Toward The New, AAA, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, "Invisible City" (sculpture installation) for Deep Listening Day 2000 (Pauline Oliveros’ "Lunar Opera"), New York City
Drawings and Photographs, Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City
New York Visions: The William Zimmer Gift to the Reading Public Museum, Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA; curated by Robert Metzger
Re-Aligning Vision: Alternative Currents in South American Drawing, sponsored by The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin; curated by Mari Carmen Ramirez and Edith A. Gibson -traveling exhibiton-
Presence/Absence, Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Prints, Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York City
AAA Print Portfolio, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
Drawings, the 30th Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City
Drawings - State of the Art, Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
The Persistence of Abstraction, American Abstract Artists, The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Eric Stark Gallery, New York City
25th Anniversary Commemorative Art Exhibition, The City University of New York Graduate Center Mall, New York City; curated by Ray Ring
Synaesthetics - Writers/Visual Artists - a Collaborative, Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S.1, New York City; guest curated by Felice Neals
Sculpture on the Square, "Point/Counterpoint," Robert Moses Plaza, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City; sponsored by AREA
An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, "Sanctuary," Anderson Center Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY; guest curated by Douglas Heller
Transparent Structures, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY
Drawings, Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City
Drawing Today - Aspects of Change, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY
ISBN: 0:000 . OLCN: 78: 0000, Franklin Furnace, New York City; guest curated by Ingrid Sischy
Articles, Reviews, Books, and Exhibition Brochures and Catalogues
Platt, Ron. "Art on Paper, 2004" (exhibition brochure), Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD)
Brenner, Hedwig. Judische Frauen in der bildenden Kunst II, Germany, illus.
Aguilar, Margarita. "Raquel Rabinovich," Modern and Contemporary Art, Highlights from El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection, catalogue, illus.
Zimmer, William. "Out of the Water, Inspiration," The New York Times, December 28
Lipton, Amy and Maitinsky, Jean-Paul. "Reconsidering the River" (Imaging the River exhibition brochure), Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, illus.
Weintraub, Linda. "Chronicles of Time" ( Emergences brochure), illus.
Aldana, Erin. "Raquel Rabinovich," St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists, illus.
"The Time of the Gazing: A Glance at Raquel Rabinovich," a 29-min. video documentary produced by Camilo Rojas (interviews with J. Isaac, C. Stein, and Linda Weintraub)
Phillips, Patricia C. "Exhumed Light" (Light Unworn exhibition brochure), Trans Hudson Gallery, New York City, illus.
Krauss, Nicole. "Raquel Rabinovich at Trans Hudson," Art in America, July, illus.
Levi Strauss, David. "In Praise of Darkness" (Enfolded Darkness exhibition brochure), Trans Hudson Gallery, New York City, illus.
Cotter, Holland. "Reflections of a Splintered Era," The New York Times, May 16
"Re-Aligning Vision. Alternative Currents in South American Drawing" (exhibition catalogue), edited by Mari Carmen Ramirez, University of Texas at Austin, illus.
Raquel Rabinovich. The Dark is the Source of Light, texts by Linda Weintraub and George Quasha, Contemporary Artists Collection, Station Hill Arts, illus.
Herzberg, Julia P. "Raquel Rabinovich: Drawings 1978-1995" (exhibition brochure), INTAR Gallery, New York City, illus.
Arte de America Latina: 1900-1980, text by Marta Traba, Banco Internacional de Desarrollo, Washington , DC
Smith, Patrick. "The Persistence of Abstraction," American Abstract Artists, (exhibition catalogue), The E.A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, illus.
Bercht, Fatima. "Raquel Rabinovich" (exhibition catalogue), Beyond the Surface: Chhodrtens, Americas Society, New York City, illus.
Kimmelman, Michael. "Review/Art," The New York Times, April 27
Zimmer, William. "Beyond the Surface," Arts Magazine, October
Larsen, Susan. "American Abstract Artists 50th Anniversary Print Portfolio 1987" (exhibition catalogue), The James Howe Gallery, Kean College, Union, NJ, illus.
Glueck, Grace. "Critics’ Choices," The New York Times, October 19
Schwabsky, Barry. "The Plural City of Raquel Rabinovich" (Invisible Cities exhibition brochure), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City, illus.
Vega, Lorenzo. "Synaesthetics at P.S.1," Connexions, May
"An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture" (exhibition brochure), Anderson Center Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, illus.
Collins, George R. "Raquel Rabinovich," Arts Magazine, February
Zimmer, William. "A Looking Glass on the Way We Might Live," The New York Times, June 12
Wallach, Amei. "Contemplating Beyond What We See," Newsday, March 10
Denes, Agnes. "Raquel Rabinovich" (exhibition brochure), New Spaces: The Map is not the Territory, Center for Inter-American Relations, New York City, illus.
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