Alex Katz, meet Luc Tuymans. Painter extraordinaire with virtuoso brush work and color palettes that scream excellence under restraint, Gideon Rubin's Others is his first solo show at Galerie Karsten Greve; it contains thirty oil paintings and a hundred small gouache paintings on cardboard from works produced over the past two years. If red dots tell the story, then this exhibit is an early winner in the September spectrum.
Standing in the commanding front salon, my viewing companion said: “Image a museum survey 20 years from now when this will be his early work…” Certainly the brilliance of this Israeli painter is easily apparent but there’s a sense his moment has not arrived just yet. Faceless children swimming, sunning, skiing, walking, being held by their nannies – how does this say Israel? And does an Israeli artist need to say Israel? Wealth, privilege, brightest of futures, these faceless portraits speak about the loss of innocence, a world in which the future may not materialize. Gideon Rubin was born in 1973 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He lives and works in London.
--Georgia Fee, Editor in Chief, living in Paris
(Images courtesy of the artist and Galerie Karsten Greve)