Robert Miller Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of abstract paintings and works on paper by Robert Greene, featuring new works created by the artist over the past two years. This is the artist’s seventh exhibition with the gallery.
Greene is known for his oil paintings celebrating color and texture created through a methodical and intuitive process of painterly construction, meticulous deconstruction and repositioning of oil-on-vellum strips. The paintings are mounted on quarter-inch-thick aluminum panels and hang virtually flush with the wall, creating a sleek, distinctive, object-oriented style. The work conveys a modern, refined elegance through a unique surface balancing individual mark-making with systematic precision. Throughout the exhibit Greene refers to modernist painting traditions such as the stripe, the grid, the monochrome, all over composition, cut-ups and gesturalism. Each of the gallery's five rooms will contain multiple works allowing Greene to explore dynamic color relationships between the paintings. Each abstraction is titled after a person or reminiscence, alluding to portraiture and intimacy through formal means. James, a work consisting of three seven foot wide panels of white, textured, finely cut and reassembled strips of paint, is titled after the artist's brother. Bobby, the artist's childhood nickname, is a bright, warm, gold and white painting of thinly cut horizontal strips inspired by Greene's memory of his grandfather and father's jewelry business. Other works in the show explode with color, vibrancy and have sensuous, tactile surfaces. In one of these, Giancarlo, Greene pays homage to the spirit of 1960s Italy with broad colorful stripes under thick strokes of white.
Greene’s paintings have been included the Whitney Biennial and are included in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the subject of a retrospective at the Stedelijk Bureau Museum in Amsterdam. His work is included in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe. Recently Greene has created works commissioned for Chanel boutiques worldwide.