Gail Rothschild


Ploughed Fields

from The Four Seasons

Gail Rothschild participated in The Four Seasons show in Spring/Summer 2017 at Village West.

Gail Rothschild is intimately familiar with the effects of time and decay on art.

After graduating from Yale in 1981 with a BA (cum laude), she embarked on a peripatetic career creating site-specific sculptural installations for colleges and museums throughout the '80s and '90s. From Jeffrey Lord Amherst and Biological Warfare at the University of Massachusetts to Margaret Bourke White's clandestine steel mill photographs for Cleveland, each installation addressed an under-recognized aspect of local history.

Most of these commissions for institutions such as the Bronx Museum, The Hudson River Museum, The DeCordova Museum, MOMA PS1 and the Socrates Sculpture Park were impermanent, or even destroyed by the artist at the end of installation, simply due to the cost of transporting and storing their elements. Contemplating her role in the construction and destruction of her own work led Rothschild to the Odyssey and Penelope's cycle of weaving and un-weaving, while the year 2000 brought the artist back to her first passion - painting. The resulting Portraits of Ancient Linen series marries this return to painting with an artistic sensibility of impermanence cultivated in the site-specific installations of her early career.

Portraits of Ancient Linen made its NYC debut with a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club in 2015, drawing the attention of antiquities scholars as well as textile curators and conservators. These works are now in numerous private collections as well as public collections such as the Mattatuck Museum, spurring Rothschild to explore other forgotten relics from the ancient world. As an accomplished competitive rock climber, she has recently turned her attention to a project of seeking out virtually climbable rock in the context of the art museum, initiating new paintings based on stone sculpture from antiquity.

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