Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Artists Market

At Pulse Miami Beach, Walter Robinson Offers Up Clothing Catalogs, Porn

Walter Robinson at Lynch Tham's booth at Pulse.

Walter Robinson at Lynch Tham’s booth at Pulse.

This year the Miami edition of Pulse art fair decamped from its longtime home in the Ice Palace in Miami proper for a tent in Indian Park Beach in Miami Beach—a major improvement in terms of location, spaciousness, and lighting. It felt positively homey in there.

One particular pleasure was seeing a nice big wall of work by Walter Robinson, the painter-turned-art critic-turned-painter at the booth of New York’s Lynch Tham gallery. Robinson, as you may know, came of age with the Pictures Generation gang, painting romantic scenes from pulp covers and movie posters, well before Richard Prince got into that game. (He also did spin paintings well before Damien Hirst.) Recently, he’s been painting photographs from clothing catalogs and porn sites—lots of women!—and also the odd cheeseburger or beer. Handsome stuff.

Robinson fans, take note: he has a career-spanning survey titled “Walter Robinson: Paintings and Other Indulgences” on view at the University Galleries of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, through December 21, 2014.

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