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Robin Rhode

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A Classic Operatic Work, Performed in Times Square New York Times

November 6 2015

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12 Can't Miss Events at Performa 15 Artnet

October 29 2015

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4 Questions with South African Artist Robin Rhode Forbes

September 12 2015

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The New York Times

July 10, 2015

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Wallpaper

July 3, 2015

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W Magazine

July 2, 2015

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Interview Magazine

June 26, 2015

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Artinfo

September 14, 2014

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Time Out Hong Kong

September 2014

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Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday Neuberger Museum of Art

March 29 2014

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Art+Auction

June 2013

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Fluorodigital

May 21, 2013

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Artthrob

May 12, 2013

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Modern Painters

April 2013

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Wertical

March 14, 2013

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Artforum Review: Robin Rhode at Lehmann Maupin

March 2013

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ARTnews Review: Robin Rhode at Lehmann Maupin

March 2013

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Artforum

March 2013

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ARTnews

March 2013

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New York Magazine Finally, a Chance to Draw on the Walls. Robin Rhode turns a gallery into a coloring book

January 28, 2013

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New York Magazine

January 28, 2013

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The New York Times

April 20, 2012

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Lehmann Maupin Gallery Now Representing Robin Rhode

April 2012

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Los Angeles Times

March 22, 2012

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initiArt Magazine

October 31, 2010

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Art in America

March 25, 2010

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The New York Times

November 16, 2009

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New York Magazine

August 23, 2009

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Art in America

January 1, 2009

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W Magazine

October 31, 2008

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ArtForum

August 31, 2007

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The New York Times

May 13, 2007

Artist Bio

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode (b. 1976, Cape Town, South Africa; lives and works in Berlin) engages photography, performance, drawing, and sculpture in creating visual narratives that are brought to life using quotidian materials such as soap, charcoal, chalk, and paint. Rhode came of age in the newly post-apartheid South Africa, and was exposed to new forms of creative expression motivated by the spirit of the individual rather than dictated by a political or social agenda. The growing influence of hip-hop, film, and popular sports on youth culture as well as the community’s reliance on storytelling in the form of colorful murals encouraged the development of Rhode’s hybrid street-based aesthetic. Rhode is best known for his photographic series that documents a sole protagonist interacting with murals the artist painted on public walls in Johannesburg and Berlin. In the succession of photographs, the movements of the actor appear to alter the two-dimensional renderings, compressing space and time and transforming the urban landscape into a fictional storyboard. Melding individual expressionism with broader socioeconomic concerns, Rhode’s work reveals a mastery of illusion, a rich range of historical and contemporary references, and an innate skill for blending high and low art forms.

 

Rhode studied at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the Association of Film and Dramatic Arts (AFDA), from 1996 to 2001. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized by Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2017); Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, GA (2016); The Drawing Center, New York (2015); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (2014); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2009); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2007). Select group exhibitions and biennials/triennials featuring his work include Synthesize: Art + Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL (forthcoming, 2017); Shifting Views: People and Politics in Contemporary African Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2016-2017); PERFORMA 15, Arnold Schönberg’s Erwartung - A Performance by Robin Rhode, New York (2015), Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, traveled to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2015); DRAWING NOW. Albertina, Vienna, Austria (2015), GOLD, Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2014); Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); and New Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005). Rhode has participated in multiple biennials/triennials, including the Busan Biennale (2017), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2005) and the 51st Venice Biennale (2005). His work is included in numerous public collections, including the Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Miami Art Museum, Florida; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Rhode has received numerous awards, including the Young Artist Award 2011, A.T. Kearney, Germany, the Illy Prize, Art Brussels, Belgium, and ars viva 05/06 Identität/Identity Award, Berlin.