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Walter Robinson

artist and art critic

The New York City-based artist Walter Robinson first emerged in the 1970s when he began painting pulp romance imagery. He exhibited with the legendary Colab collective; he was associated with the Pictures Generation; he showed in the fabled Times Square exhibition of 1980. His work was sold by Metro Pictures and he was part of the then burgeoning East Village scene. He copied pulpy images to paint nurses before Richard Prince did; he made spin paintings before Damien Hirst.

Robinson also co-founded Art-Rite magazine and became news editor of Art in America Magazine in the 1970s. He later served as the East Village Eye’s art editor during the 1980s.

Then, in 1986, Robinson stopped making art. He was the founding editor of Artnet Magazine from 1996 until 2012. Robinson has also been a columnist for Artspace, where he coined the term “Zombie Formalism” in 2014.

After a successful installation of his early works at Metro Pictures in 2008 (“80s Paintings“), Robinson began showing his works more regularly, including the noteworthy exhibition “Walter Robinson: A Retrospective” at Jeffrey Deitch in 2016 and “Walter Robinson: The Americans” at Vito Schnabel Gallery in 2017.


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