Robin Tewes

Robin Tewes (born 1950) is a Queens-born, New York City-based artist, known before the prematurely 1980s for her representational paintings of frozen, narrative-like moments. She has shown her piece of legislation in numerous solo exhibitions in New York City, as competently as nationally and internationally, and exhibited at venues including add-on 1, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, The Drawing Center, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), among many. Her undertaking has been widely discussed in publications including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Tema Celeste, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Village Voice. Tewes was a founding believer of the P.S. 122 Painting Association. She has been official with a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship (2015) and Painting Award (2008), an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award (2007), and inclusion in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in 2016.

Tewes paints unnamed people and domestic interiors in a precise, almost deadpan style that Artforum critic Ronny Cohen called "searingly direct" in its presentation of information and emotional impact. She often incorporates subtle, graffiti-like text into her paintings, suggesting bitter or disquieting thoughts, conversations or social commentary upon the scene living thing portrayed. ARTnews Barbara Pollack described Tewes's work as maintaining "an edgy savings account between surrealism and soap opera." In accessory to her art practice, Tewes has worked as an educator, lecturer, curator and activist.

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