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Susan Rothenberg

b. 1945

Susan Rothenberg, For the Light, 1978–79  79.23
Susan Rothenberg, For the Light, 1978–79. Synthetic polymer and vinyl paint on canvas, 105 × 87 1/4 in. (266.7 × 221.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Peggy and Richard Danziger  79.23
© 2009 Susan Rothenberg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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November 3, 2010
Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture: Susan Rothenberg

From left Adam Weinberg and Susan Rothenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
From left Adam Weinberg and Susan Rothenberg. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Over the course of her thirty-five-year career, Susan Rothenberg has pushed the vocabulary of painting and created canvases of poetic beauty that celebrate the artistic process. Her work emerged at a time when minimal art prevailed, and her paintings, with subject matter ranging from horses to fractured figures and spinning bodies, reinstated the power of figurative imagery. As a pioneer, she was featured in the Whitney’s landmark exhibition New Image Painting in 1978. Since that time she has produced extraordinary work that remains dedicated to exploring the nature of the medium. In this sixth Annenberg Lecture, Rothenberg speaks about her work in conversation with Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director.

In honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador, the Whitney Museum of American Art established the Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture to advance this country’s understanding of its art and culture. Support for this lecture and for public programs at the Whitney Museum is provided, in part, by Jack and Susan Rudin in honor of Beth Rudin DeWoody, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the Museum’s Education Committee.