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announces the publication of

Brian Rutenberg

by Martica Sawin

Preface by Gregory Amenoff
Introduction by Walter Darby Bannard

Hardbound with dustjacket, 164 pages, 11 x 11 inches,
85 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-93435-09-0

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"[Brian Rutenberg´s work is] brave, educated, and emotionally loaded." Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

Brian Rutenberg´s paintings reinvigorate and revitalize the medium. Raised in the South Carolina lowlands, Rutenberg has lived and worked in New York for the past 20 years. His work elicits a profoundly visceral experience as he reinvests abstraction with a sense of spirituality. Influenced by the music of Glenn Gould and Celtic culture, as well as the painters Joan Mitchell and Hans Hofmann, Rutenberg draws on the landscape that he remembers from childhood, growing up between Pawley´s Island and Charleston, where the rivers and lakes join the ocean. The landscape, complex in its layers, has guided Rutenberg´s approach to composition and color. This volume is the first comprehensive presentation of his work.


Brian Rutenberg was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he received his B.F.A. at the College of Charleston. He received an M.F.A. in 1989 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has shown his work at a variety of galleries and museums, including the Albright-Knox, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the American Academy of Arts & Letters Invitational, the Oakland Museum of Art, and Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. His work is held in the collections of the Yale Gallery of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art, among others. He is currently represented by Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.


Martica Sawin has had a long career teaching art history and writing about contemporary art in New York. She is the author of the seminal book, Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School. Gregory Amenoff is a painter who is the recipient of numerous awards. He is currently the chair of the Visual Arts Division at Columbia University. Walter Darby Bannard is an internationally recognized abstract painter and writer about art whose articles have been published in Artforum and Art in America, among others.