A Wooded Thicket
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce an exhibition of selected work from the estate of master printmaker Robert Bero (1941-2007). This exhibition will feature selected works on paper depicting the majestic landscapes of rural upstate New York. Included in the installation are etchings, woodblocks and hand colored prints from throughout the artist’s career.
Robert Bero was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived most of his life upstate in Tuxedo Park. The artist studied at the Pratt Institute (BFA) and at Yale University (MFA), where he served as an assistant to etching professor Gabor Peterdi. Bero began his teaching career at the State University of New York at Potsdam and later assumed teaching positions at Brown University and at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Bero’s unique studio in Tuxedo Park was constructed from the converted dog kennels of the Colgate family estate. The renovation was completed with large sheets of glass salvaged from the I.M. Pei designed Hancock building. This innovative structure allowed Bero a constant panorama of the wooded hills that inspired his work in the studio. It was during this period from 1974 to the artist’s death in 2007 that Bero created his signature work, from stark and skeletal winter landscapes to the lush and vibrant foliage, the artist tirelessly documented every season and detail of his surroundings. Upon the artist’s death, the turn of the century Tuxedo Junction train station became a permanent showcase for many Robert Bero works.
Robert Bero’s etchings and woodcuts prove that the traditional techniques of printmaking are anything but exhausted in the creation of superbly beautiful landscapes. Bero’s enormous woodcuts, years in the making and days in the printing, expand the horizons of printmaking.
– John Canaday, New York Times.
Bero’s work has been exhibited internationally at several prominent institutions including Yale University, Art Basel in Switzerland, Portland Art Museum, University of New York, Albany, Syracuse University, the Brooklyn Museum, Ohio State University, Kansas State University, the Smithsonian and Bucknell Univeristy, PA.
The Artist was the recipient of many honors and awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a Fulbright Grant, the Benicke Grant and Purchase Prizes from the Library of Congress. Robert Bero’s work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, Yale University, The Brooklyn Museum, The American Embassies of London, Tokyo and Paris, The University of New York, LACMA, and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.