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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted September 2004, is from the artist.

Bradley Rubenstein was born in 1963, attended the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, and the Museum School in Boston.  Mr. Rubenstein has worked as a painter, media artist, as well as worked in film and television and the theater.  He has frequently collaborated on projects with performance artist Claude Wampler (American) and has written extensively on both art and art education.  Most recently he has worked on a collaborative text on aesthetic education with artist Lucio Pozzi, to be published by the Getty Foundation and Museum.

Mr. Rubenstein's recent work explores the figure in are through the medium of tradition oil painting.  In a 1999 lecture at the School of Visual Arts in New York he described his process: "In this work I was able to bring these topics into the context of everyday life through the medium of the portrait. The history of Western portraiture dates back to Greece in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.

"By the second half of the fourth century it was a clearly established tradition; Aristotle refers, in the Poetics, to one artist who depicts men 'as better than they are'; to a second who 'makes likenesses', and to another who shows them 'worse' than they are.  These categories: the idealized or heroic portrait, the naturalistic rendering of an individual, and the caricature or satiric likeness are the basis of portraiture as we know it today.  In these pieces I have combined all three categories.  Created of collaged photographs and then executed in the style of generic portraiture, these boy/girl "hybrids" prompt questions about the burgeoning use of genetic engineering in which medical scientists may potentially make aesthetic decisions regarding human life. Historical precedents for this type of exchange--between aesthetic and scientific discourse--date back to the fifteenth century, when research in anatomy, for example, began with the work of da Vinci. The reverse is the case today, with the rapid advance of science out pacing the fields of ethics and aesthetics."

Mr. Rubenstein lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

National Endowment for the Arts in Painting; Fellowship Kunstlerhaus Hamburg;
Pollock Krasner Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions:
2003 Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NY, Affinity for Surfing.
2001 Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NY, Resurrection Set.
2000 Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Germany, Krperlandschaften.
Kunstlerhaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, Animals.
1997 Kunstlerhaus Bergedorf, Hamburg, Germany.

Group Exhibitions:
2004 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

2003 GV/AS, Brooklyn, New York, Project Room.
Artists Space , New York, New York

2000 Exit Art, New York, New York, Paradise Now.
Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NY, Remote Experience Dependancy.
Kulturbahnhof Bremen, Bremen, Germany, Re: Duchamp.
SITE Santa Fe
Oni Exhibitions, Boston, MA, futuremaybe.

Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France.
Galerie Bernard Plasse, Marseille, France.
Hamburg Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany, TRANS.

1998 Central Fine Arts, New York, NY, Modular Composite.
Sara Meltzer's On View, New York, NY.
Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.
P.S. 122, New York, NY, Shake

1996, The Monchengladbach Concert.
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY.
HERE, New York, NY.
Passinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany, Imaginary Anatomy.

1995 Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York, NY, Rrose.
Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, The Drawing Show.
TZ'Art & Co., New York, NY.

The InterArts Center, New York, NY, I, Myself and Me. NY.
1993 The Drawing Center, New York, NY, The Return of the Cadavre Exquis.
Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, The Drawing Show.

1992 N.N.W.A.C., Chicago, IL, 98.6 Fahrenheit.

1989 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

1987 McKinley Foundation, Champaign, IL.

MFA, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1992.
MA, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1989.
BFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1987.

1994 National Endowment for the Arts/Regional Fellowship in Painting.
1998 Kunstlerhaus Hamburg/Fellowship.
2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Grant.

Selected Bibliography:
Babnik, Erika. "Kunst & Korper ", Kunst, April 1996, p. 21.

Barandiarn, Maria Jose. "Bradley Rubenstein at Automatic", New Art Examiner, November 1996, pp. 30-31.

Dalton, Jennifer. "Bradley Rubenstein/Annika Sundvik Gallery", Review, 10, February 15, 1997, pp. 28-29.

Gerlach, Gunnar. "Kaugummis und Korper", Hamburger Rundschau, October 23, 1997, p. 49.

Gerlach, Gunnar. "Halbe Hunde", Szene Hamburg, August 1998, p. 76-77.

Grunenberg, Christoph, Michael Rees, and Stuart Servetar. Permanent, (cat.) Cliffordo Smith Gallery, Boston, MA, 1999.

Harris, Jane. "The Ambiguous Body: The Art of Michael Rees, Bradley Rubenstein and Collier Schorr". Artkrush, May 14, 2001.

Harris, Jane. "Science and Art: Dubious Bedfellows". Artstar Issue #26,
October, 2000.

Heiferman, Marvin, and Carole Kismaric. Paridise Now. Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2001.

Henig, Robin Marantz. "The Trouble We Have Seeing What's Out There". Washington Post, Sunday, October 22, 2000, pg. B05.

Horodner, Stuart. "Frankenstein", New Observations, 114, Spring 1997, pp. 2-4.

Levin, Kim. "Voice Choices", Village Voice, December 9-15, 1998.

Lloyd, Ann Wilson. "Bradley Rubenstein at Clifford o Smith", Art in America, April 2000, pp. 162-63.

Markus, Liz. "Bradley Rubenstein at Sara Meltzer Gallery", New Art Examiner, April 1999, p. 50.

McQuaid, Cate. "Of Ghouls and Fairies: A World of Ethereal Scenes", The Boston Globe, April 12, 2002.

Schjeldhal, Peter. "DNART:Biomania", The New Yorker, October 2, 2000, pp. 144-146.

Schiff, Hajo. "Der Me_gesang der Raketen", Taz Hamburg, October 26, 1997, p. 27.

Schiff, Hajo. "The Body as Constructed Disinformation", Taz Hamburg, August 20, 1998.

Servetar, Stuart. "Fancy", Zing Magazine, Issue # 4, Summer 1997, pp. 248-249.

Teibler, Claudia. "Manipulierte Natur", Muenchner Merkur, April 16, 1996, p. 28.

Selected Collections:
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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