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 Royden Leslie Rabinowitch  (1943 - )

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Ian McCallum, agent of the artist:

His works are narrative riffs on being. They choreograph the eyes, body and mind. Using simple reoccurring components, his works assemble the actors, the audience, the narrative, the lenses, and above all, the fundamental principles inherent to the chosen story.

Rabinowitch has said that his drawings and sculptural works are "a kind of
choreography for the eyes and the body respectively." And the mind.

Rabinowitch's socially based work challenges observers to distinguish their feelings from their knowledge. Major private and public collections worldwide including New York's Guggenheim and Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum acquire his steel sculptures and drawings. Visually arresting, his works combine simple cones, corners and spheres into energized clusters.

Rabinowitch is considered by some critics to be the successor to Giacometti. Cambridge University appointed him as Life Member Clare Hall, the only artist so appointed. Central to Royden Rabinowitch's work is the concern that he shared with Giacometti and David Smith about man's increasing ability to analyze things decreasing his ability to contemplate things. This fractures man's sense of his wholeness resulting in anxiety, loss of empathy, isolation and external conflict between individuals and groups in society, be they ethnic, professional, political or community.

Rabinowitch chose to diverge from the paths chosen by Giacometti and Smith. Believing in the importance of the allegory and supporting metaphor shared by Giacometti and Smith he set out to discover a related allegory and it's supporting metaphor that weren't developed for a representation of bodies.

Smith was using the same important allegory and supporting metaphors as Giacometti, i.e. the allegory of man's increasing ability to analyze things (reason about things) decreasing his ability to contemplate things (experience things) and the supporting metaphors of the disintegration of whole bodies. Giacometti was affecting this allegory with his reading of the metaphor (modeling in bits). David Smith was affecting this allegory with his reading of the metaphor (reading in parts).

Giacometti's "Le Nez 1947" taught that any representation of bodies (figurative or anthropomorphic) was just some analysis. This was supported by David Smiths "5 units equal, 1956." Rabinowitch saw then that any representation of bodies would limit the ability of observers to contemplate a sculpture.

His allegory arose out of our cultures central allegory, i.e. the transition from Aristotelian space (a closed bound differential place of values and qualities) to Galilean Space (an open unbound uniform space of relations and quantities). And of course it was this transition that lead to man's increasing ability to analyze things decreasing his ability to contemplate things, fracturing his sense of his wholeness.

His works are simultaneously about perception and abstracts that can be conceived but not perceived.

While Rabinowitch is the first to say that his work is just art, his well known focus on the matters described above, and his concern for the relationship between science and art, has resulted in invitations to addresses public and private academic gatherings in North America and Europe.

Some of his works are homages to scientists, cosmologists, philosophers (Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Fontenelle, Koyre) and others to jazz musicians, boxers and hockey players (Monk, Blakey, Moore, Gretzky). His works are informed by music.

His works resonate with flowers bud and bloom, hot air balloons, water towers, forests, mountains, cityscapes, crowds, playgrounds, barrels, cement trucks, sundials, aircraft parts, and musical instruments.

From the resume you will find a list of museums and galleries holding his works including the Judd Museum, the Guggenheim and museums throughout Europe (eg the Stedlijk, Amsterdam, the Neu Gallerie, Berlin and the largest permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art in Geneva, Switzerland) of and the Watari in Tokyo, Japan. He is in the private collections of a number of American public figures.

His catalogues include the 448 page Royden Rabinowitch, Sculpture 1962-92, Haags Gemeentmuseum, from the Hague in the Netherlands and the 382 page Royden Rabinowitch, Works 1962-1995, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland.

2003 EDITION, CANADIAN WHO'S WHO

RABINOWITCH, Royden L., L.M.C.H. (Cantab); sculptor; b. Toronto, Ont. 6 Mar. 1943; s. Joseph and Ruthe Elizabeth (Calverley) R.; e. Univ. of W. Ont. Coll. of Mus.; Royal Conservatory of Mus., Toronto; m. Elizabeth d. Anne and Edgar Ewart 25 Sept. 1973;

EXHIBITIONS
The Ethics of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is the first exhibition of the new, complete suite addressing those juxtaposed opposites Stan and Ollie. The Musée des beaux-arts, 33 Rue des Musées, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, May 23 to August 27, 2004

A Rabinowitch Yellow Greased Cone will be included in the exhibition "Joyce in Art" which will be held at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. June 10 to August 28, 2004

Also part of Dublin's 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, the Irish Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of Joyceian works "High Falutin Stuff" will include a Rabinowitch Barrel ConstructionApril 8 to August 1, 2004

In the inaugural group show My Private Heroes and a subsequent one man show at the new Frank Gehry designed MARTa Museum, Herford, Germany. From the opening November 6/7 2004

recent solo exhns.: The Clocktower, N.Y.C.; John Weber Gall., N.Y.C.; David Bellman Gall., Toronto; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany; Oliver Dowling Gall., Dublin; Fabian Carlsson Gall., London, Engl.; Orchard Gall., Londonderry, N. Ireland; Furkapasshöhe, The Alps, Switzerland; Krzysztofory Museum, Krakow, Poland; Muzeum Akademii Sztuk Pieknych, Warsaw, Poland (with Joseph Beuys); Galerie Media, Neuchatel, Switzerland; Foksal Gall., Warsaw, Poland; Peter Pakesch Gall., Vienna, Austria; Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; Atelier del Sur, La Gomera, Canary Islands; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Haus für konstructive und konkrete Kunst, Zürich, Switzerland; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany, Stadtmuseum Weimar, Germany and Kunsthalle Copenhagen, Denmark (with Per Kirkeby); Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (permanent installation, works 1962_93); Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; Foksal Gall., Warsaw, Poland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium; Limerick City Museum, Ireland; Breslau Architectural Museum, Poland (with Edward Krasinski); Galerie Editions Media, Neuchatel 2002; Foksal Gallery with Krasinski 2002; recent group shows American Drawing in Black & White 1970_80 Brooklyn Mus., N.Y.C.; New York Drawing The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA; Richard Long, Royden Rabinowitch, Lawrence Weiner David Bellman Gall., Toronto; Drawings for Sculptures Seagram Bldg., N.Y.C.; Peace Gifts: Joseph Beuys/Richard Long/Royden Rabinowitch/Lawrence Weiner Clare Coll., Cambridge Univ., U.K.; Works in European Collections Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Spuren, Skulpturen und Monumente ihrer präzisen Reise Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Eye Level Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; De Sculptura Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria; Chambre d'Amis Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; Bodenskulptur Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Skulptur Sein Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Idea of North 49th Parallel Gall., N.Y.C.; Joseph Beuys & Royden Rabinowitch: Works in the Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi Collection Lodz, Poland; Zeitlos Berlin, Germany; Poesis Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Open Mind Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; Einleuchten Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany; Platz Verführung - Klassische Beispiele Stuttgart and Environs, Germany; Documenta 9 Kassel, Germany; Lyon-Lodz Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France; Het Koninklijk Paleis Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; GAS Bordeaux, France; Acquisitions 1987_1992 Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; 1ere Triennale des Ameriques - Presence en Europe 1945/92 Maubeuge, France; De la main à la tête, l'object theorique Domaine de Kerquehennec, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Lochminé, France; Couplet II Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; EVA Limerick, Ireland; Les Fragments du Désir Place Royale, Bruxelles, Belgium; Ripple Across the Water Watari Museum, Tokyo, Japan; The Material Imagination (Sculpture from the Collection) Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.C.; Zu Gast Im Kunstverein Schwerte, Germany; S.M.A.K. Inauguration Gent, Belgium; Interaktionen - Natur & Architektur Stadt Borken, Germany; Stedelijk Museum in de Nieuwe Kerk no.1, sculpture 1947-2002, Amsterdam; upcoming show, G2003 Mostra Internazional di Sculptura l'aperto Via Gambarogno, September 2003 April 2004.

COLLECTIONS:
National Gall. of Can., Ottawa; Museé d'Art Contemporain, Montreal; Montreal Mus. of Fine Art, Montreal; Art Gall. of Ont., Toronto; London Regional Art Gall., London, Ont.; Australian National Gall., Canberra; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Joseph Seagrams and Sons Inc., N.Y.C.; Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany; Panza di Biumo Coll., Varese, Italy; Rozelle Museum, Ayr, Scotland; Sarabhai Family, Ahmedabad, India; Muzeum Akademii Sztuk Pieknych, Warsaw, Poland; Ulster Mus., Belfast, N. Ireland; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Municipal Gall. of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto; Canada Council, Ottawa; Collection Furkapasshöhe, Switzerland; Fitzwilliam Mus., Cambridge, U.K.; Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Sammlung Friedrichshof, Austria; FRAC, Lille, France; Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria; Foksal Gall., Warsaw, Poland; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Kornwestheim Museum, Germany; Museum of Calais, France; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Guggenheim Museum, N.Y. City; Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; Nat. Museum, Poznan, Poland; Limerick City Museum, Ireland; Breslau Architectural Museum, Poland; S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium; Stadtische Galerie in Lenbachhau, Munchen; Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland; ICA, Warsaw

COMMISSIONS:
Rotation and Translation of the Top 1983, Sarabhai Family, Ahmedabad, India; Eloges de Fontenelle 1984 Toronto Convention Centre; Faith in Whole Bodies - Bell in Name Only 1986, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium; Three Rolled Conic Surfaces Applied to a Region of Curved Space Maintaining Local and Somatic Descriptions 1987, Furkapasshöhe, The Alps, Switzerland; Tomb of Dr. Josef Hoet 1987, Gent, Belgium; Handed Surfaces Applied to Two Lily Ponds Haags Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands (under construction); Kornwestheim Train Station, Germany.

PUBLICATIONS ON SCULPTURE:
Development of the Early Sculptures Leading to the Most Recent Sculptures 1983; Barrel Constructions of Royden Rabinowitch (by David Bellman) 1983; Drawings by Sculptors: Two Decades of Non-Objective Art in the Seagram Collection (by David Bellman) 1983; Royden Rabinowitch - Sculptures and Drawings in the Collection (by Jan Hoet, Museum of Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium) 1983; Royden Rabinowitch (by Dr. Johannes Cladders, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany) 1984; Exhibition - Dialogue Modern Art Centre, Calouste Gulbenkian Found., Lisbon, Portugal (text: Jan Hoet) 1985; Spuren, Skulpturen und Monumente ihrer prazisen Reise Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (by Harald Szeemann) 1985; Eye Level Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (by R.H. Fuchs) 1986; De Sculptura Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (by Harald Szeemann) 1986; Bodenskulptur Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany (by Siegfried Salzmann) 1986; Chambres d'Amis Museum van Hededaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium (by Jan Hoet) 1986; Skulptur Sein Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (by Harald Szeemann) 1986; Die Sammlung Ludwig Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany (by Karl Ruhrberg) 1986; Royden Rabinowitch, Sculpture - Body Galerie Krzysztofory, Krakow, Poland (by Jaromir Jedlinski) 1987; Royden Rabinowitch - Works in Polish Collections Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland (by Jaromir Jedlinski) 1987; Lesson of Emanuel Feuermann III, 1986 - 7 Manifold in 10 Locations with Varied Handed Additions, 1987 Galerie Krzysztofory, Krakow, Poland (by Jaromir Jedlinski) 1987; Joseph Beuys & Royden Rabinowitch - Works in the Collection of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz Museum Akademii Sztuki Pieknych, Warsaw, Poland (by Jaromir Jedlinski) 1988; Zeitlos Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (by Harald Szeemann) 1988; Royden Rabinowitch Galerie Foksal, Warsaw, Poland (by Wieslaw Borowski) 1988; Open Mind Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium (by Jan Hoet) 1989; Einleuchten Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (by Harald Szeemann) 1989; Royden Rabinowitch - Skulpturen 1990 Kuntsmuseum Bern, Switzerland (by Hans Christoph von Tavel) 1990; Who Ordered This? Atelier del Sur, La Gomera, Canary Islands (by Jan Hoet) 1990; Royden Rabinowitch - Wiener Secession Vienna, Austria (by Adolf Krischanitz) 1991; Platz Verfuhrung - Klassische Beispiele Stuttgart, Germany (by R.H. Fuchs) 1992; Documenta 9 Kassel, Germany (by Jan Hoet) 1992; Lyon-Lodz Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (by Jaromir Jedlinski) 1992; Royden Rabinowitch, Sculpture 1962_1992 Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (by Rudi Fuchs) 1992; GAS Bordeaux, France (by Harald Szeemann) 1993; Royden Rabinowitch, Sculpture and Drawing 1992/1993 Haus für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland (by Elisabeth Grossman and Rudi Fuchs) 1993; Per Kirkeby - Paintings/Royden Rabinowitch - Sculpture Neue Galerie, Kassel and Stadtmuseum Weimar, Germany (by Marianne Heinz) & Kunsthalle, Copenhagen, Denmark (by Marianne Heinz, Jens Sandberg, R.H. Fuchs); Royden Rabinowitch: Works 1962_1995 Sztuki Museum, Lodz, Poland (by Jaromir Jedlinski, Wieslaw Borowski, R.H. Fuchs); Ripple Across the Water Watari Museum, Tokyo, Japan (by K. Watari, Jan Hoet); Royden Rabinowitch Sculpture 1996_97 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (by Rudi Fuchs) 1997; Royden Rabinowitch Drawing 1997 Galerie Foksal, Poland (by Wieslaw Borowski) 1997; Artline Five Stadt Borken, Germany 2001; Sculpture of Royden Rabinowitch in the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Netherlands (by Rudi Fuchs) 2001;

APPOINTMENTS
Chrmn. of Fine Art, Ont. Coll. of Art, Toronto 1973_74; Lectr., Yale Univ.; Royal Coll. of Art, London, U.K.; St. Andrew's Univ., Scotland; Cambridge Univ., U.K.; el. Visiting Assoc. 1983_84 and Visiting Fellow 1984_85 and Life Mem. 1986 of Clare Hall, Cambridge Univ., U.K.; apptd. Adjunct Lect., History of Art, Leiden Univ., Netherlands 1994/95;

AWARDS AND HONORS
Maxwell Cummings Distinguished Lecture, Faculty of Arts, McGill University, October 2002;
awarded five consecutive Canada Council Arts Grants; seven consecutive Canada Council Sr. Arts Grants; 'Lynch-Stanton' Canada Council Award for very distinguished artists 1986;

RECREATION
history and philosophy of science;



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