The Inna Art Space is proud to announce the opening at 3pm on August 19, 2017, of Walter Robinson, a self-titled solo exhibition of works by the esteemed American artist. It is the first public display of his art on the Chinese mainland. The exhibition continues until October 19, 2017.
Born in 1950, Robinson has worked as an artist and is also an important art critic. He is founding editor of the online art journal Artnet Magazine. As an artist, his work both spans and expands the fields of painting and imagery; his incisive explorations take things ubiquitous in American society as a point of departure. He harvests imagery from magazines, films, posters, advertisements, pamphlets and catalogues, all synonymous with American consumerist lifestyles and uses them as a means of responding to today’s consumer culture. Robinson’s works not only call out the conventions and commonplaces of American imaginary but also manifest its emotional reality.
In the 1980s, Robinson was part of the American Picture Generation. He has also been referred to as a "neo-pop" artist. An innovative practitioner, his work has addressed themes touched on by a number of other artists. He produced Spin paintings ten years earlier, for instance, than Damien Hirst. He also “apprehended” and “re-implemented” images of nursing staff initially employed in advertisements earlier even than Richard Prince. In a career that has matured over a course of decades, Robinson’s reconfigurations of everyday vernacular imagery have produced visual forms to display American culture in its many facets. His works have been exhibited and are held in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Whitney Museum of American Art and other key institutions.