Blue Head (Primary Title)
“I was searching for an image and all I had to find it with was my head and my hand . . . That’s what a painter is—a hand and a head.” —Susan Rothenberg
Rothenberg’s paintings exemplified the return to representation and personal symbolism apparent in many younger American artists’ work beginning in the mid-1970s. This development was, in part, a reaction to the previous generation’s exploration of abstract, often geometric, forms. Rothenberg’s potent, highly simplified images resist explanation, but her emphasis here on the painter’s two essential assets—the head and the hand—suggests the interdependence of concept and craft.
Muscarelle Museum, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, February 4 - April 14, 1984
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, November 6 - December 17, 1983
The Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation Collection, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, March 25 - May 29, 1983
Susan Rothenberg, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland, October 3 - November 15, 1981; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, December 18, 1981 - January 31, 1982; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebeck, Denmark, March 13 - June 2, 1982; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, October 14 - November 28, 1982
Susan Rothenberg: Five Heads, Willard Gallery, New York, NY, April 11 - May 16, 1981
 Sydney and Frances Lewis purchased the work from Willard Gallery during the exhibition “Susan Rothenberg: Five Heads," on view April 11 - May 16, 1981.
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