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Robert Forman

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Birth year

Lives in

Works in


The Cooper Union School of Art, BFA

Representing galleries
Francis M Naumann Fine Art

surrealism, mixed-media, figurative, thread painting painting


 String Pictures, History and Technical Information

I began making yarn paintings in 1969 while still in High School. I had been fooling around with paint in my parent's basement when one day I incorporated my mother's embroidery thread into a collage.

In college at The Cooper Union I first kept yarn painting to my self. My professors preferred my drawings to my paintings. My painting professor, Jack Whitten, asked what we did during vacation. I volunteered that I'd spent the vacation working on a project but it wasn't exactly painting. After visiting my studio Jack told me to stick to string and he would consider them paintings.  

 I have received Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. In 1992 I traveled to Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow to meet and talk shop with fellow yarn painters among the Huichol, an indigenous people working in a similar medium.

Recent Exhibits

Robert Forman participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Robert Forman: With Every Fiber
Jun, 2015 Past & Present
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
Jan, 2014 Uncommon Threads: String Pictures by Robert Forman
Hoboken Historical Museum
Nov, 2013 Paper Work: Exploring the Many Ways Artist Use Paper in Their Work
The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion
Aug, 2013 Robert Forman, New Work
Mark Borghi Fine Art - Bridgehampton
Feb, 2013 “Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase: An Homage
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art
Click here to see all exhibits for Robert Forman

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