| Curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, Ph. D.,
the exhibition focuses on the continued development of Rosenberg’s
work through large scale paintings, including the exploration
of the human form in motion, its transitory states, and the
synthesis of light, color, and dynamic structure. Rosenberg
has explored the human form in motion for more than twenty years
with a unique emphasis on dance. Working directly from figures
in rehearsal or in improvised movement, he integrates the explosive
energy of dance with the emotional intensity of action painting.
His focus has included leading dance groups such as American
Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group,
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and many others from
the downtown dance world.
(Stenn), 2005, Oil on linen, 78" x 110"
(Left) Meredith & Matthew, 2006, Oil on
canvas, 76" x 67"
Laban movement analyst Linda Nutter, Ph. D., CMA, writes,
“Rosenberg draws dancers in the process of becoming
the dance. His work communicates an intrinsic knowledge of
the body – its manner of shaping itself to the environment,
its spatial tensions and its dynamic potential. Rosenberg
has developed a mode of sensing/rendering the dance in a way
that reflects its essential characteristics.” According
to art historian Richard Kendall, “Fundamental to these
encounters is the possibility of new pictorial experience,
of pressing at the barriers of visual syntax and expanding
the life of painting itself. Some of his completed images
are almost shocking in their promiscuous life, bursting out
of the constraints of familiar technique as well as the polite
protocols of modernism.”
Metamorphoses, 2003, 16 x 16 x 1.5", Acrylic
on wood (Left) Life begins in every second, 2003,
154 x 37 x 2.5", Woodcut on paper, Collection Pompei
Rosenberg’s work has been exhibited at The Clocktower,
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, Museum of
Modern Art, Frances Wolfson Art Gallery, Miami, Konsthallen
Goteborg, Sweden, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Institute of
Art and Urban Resources, BM Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul,
Sao Paulo Bienal, Hayden Gallery at M.I.T., Queens Museum,
Museo de Arte Contemporanio de Oaxaca, Bemis Center for Contemporary
Arts, Mudima Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milan.
His work is in several museum collections including the Smithsonian
American Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Brooklyn
Museum of Art, and Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna.
Rosenberg lives and works in New York City.