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ROBERT SCHATZ
Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse


My sculpture Lotus is one of the artworks featured in the first floor parlor designed by the architectural firm Deborah Berke Partners at the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse from September 29th - November 5th, located at 32 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY.  The showhouse is open Tuesdays through Sundays,  admission $40.00 by ticket, available on the website:

Solo Exhibition at The Phatory, New York, NY, January 14th-February 25th


The Phatory LLC is pleased to announce an installation of paintings and sculptures by Robert Schatz. The exhibition opens on January 14 and will run through February 25, with an artist reception held on Saturday, January 14, between 6 and 8:00 p.m.  

The works in Schatz’s current exhibition are variations on a theme. His 2D work is as much about the act of painting as it is about creating an experience of a journey. Brushwork is constrained by boundaries yet also continues unseen, beyond view. His 3D work is as much about the act of creating forms in space as it is about the playful abandon of Nature. Line becomes engineering feat yet maintains organic grace. In both bodies of work, however, there is a quest for equanimity, and a harmonic balance that is achieved between presence and absence, motion and stillness. Though abstract, Schatz’s work evokes landscape vistas to be explored one step at a time.

Robert Schatz has exhibited internationally since 1990; in 2015 his sculptures were the subject of a solo show at the Sheldon Museum of Art.  After studying history and philosophy at the University of Scranton, he studied fine art at Massachusetts College of Art and The Art Institute of Boston.  His works are in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums; Sheldon Museum of Art; Southern Methodist University; Pfizer; The JBG Companies; the US Department of State; and in private North American and European collections.

"A Dark Wood", October 8 - December 10, 2016, Art House Gallery & Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ


My piece Chakra (2013, acrylic on four pieces of joined music paper, 34 x 44"/88 x112cm) is part of this group exhibit exploring the theme of Dante's Dark Wood as it relates to contemporary issues, curated by Arthur Bruso and Raymond Mingst.

Exhibition "After", Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ, May 1st - June 24th, 2016


An installation of my sculptural pieces, previously exhibited at the Sheldon Museum, will be included in the upcoming three-person exhibition After, running May 1st through June 24th at Curious Matter in Jersey City, NJ. 
 
Curated by Arthur Bruso, the exhibit also features the work of Vincent Como and Raymond Mingst, and explores, in the words of the curator, “the acceptance of the transitory."
 
"Robert Schatz freezes motion with his three dimensional drawings. With his Small Structure series, he has twisted a length of twine into poetry, freezing the looping material in the air. Taking his cues from Asian calligraphy, Schatz writes in space. Using the fragile materials jute twine and rice paper, Schatz manipulates his ethereal sculptures into a form of transitory solidity. Their meaning changes as the viewer moves around them, or as the light moves among them. Like Cy Twombly drawings, they have secrets to tell that seem just out of the reach of our grasp, but hold our attention as we try to decipher them.
 

Installation at The Phatory Window, 6 - 29 February 2016


The Phatory is pleased to announce the first of a series of window installations by gallery and guest artists that will run through Summer 2016.  The current installation by Robert Schatz on view for the remainder of February offers a Zenic take on defining motion by standing still.

The installation consists of a collage piece from 2007 titled Fenster 1, along with a piece of blacktop that references the scholar rocks of China and Japan.
 
The Phatory is located at 618 East 9th Street between Avenues B and C in the East Village, New York.

The Institute For American Art, Portland, Maine, June 19 - September 13, 2015


The piece What The Wildflowers Tell Me will comprise a solo exhibit at the Institute For American Art, Portland, Maine, June 19th through September 13th.  The exhibit has been organized by Jonathan Frederick Walz, Curator of American Art at Sheldon Museum in Lincoln, NE.  

This piece and the body of work it belongs to present formal themes of structure, line and rhythm, but also asks us to see beauty in simplicity through patient looking, to consider the relationship of artistic production to ecology, and to remember equally both the joy and fragility of Life.

The Institute For American Art is a project space established in 2012 by curator Christopher Stiegler.  The Institute, located at 45 Smith Street, Portland, generally mounts pared-down curatorial projects with the aim of using one work to focus attention and highlight the practice of participating artists.  

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