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Two-Tone

Susan Rothenberg (American, born 1945). Two-Tone, 1975. Acrylic and tempera on canvas, 69 x 113 inches (175.3 x 287 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1977 (1977:22). © Susan Rothenberg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

© Susan Rothenberg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Susan Rothenberg

American, born 1945

Two-Tone, 1975

acrylic and tempera on canvas

support: 69 1/2 x 114 inches (176.53 x 289.56 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1977

1977:22

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / back, upper right / Susan Rothenberg 1974

Provenance

from the artist to Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, 1976;
sold to Mr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, Niagara Falls, NY, March 1, 1977;
donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, December 14, 1977

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Acrylic painting (visual work)
Tempera painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During the 1970s, when many artists shied away from recognizable subject matter, Susan Rothenberg wanted to bring back references to the real world. In 1974 she drew a doodle of a horse on a small piece of canvas. Intrigued by the result, she began to treat the animal as a stand-in for the human figure. Rothenberg liked the tension the subject created, commenting, “The horse is a three-dimensional being, but when covered by a line it becomes more two-dimensional, like the painting surface. Horses encompass numerous connotations and potential references, including instinct, power, and the natural world.” In Two-Tone, the innate power of a horse’s body is diminished in its representation as a neutral form. Looking at this painting we get the impression of the animal’s overall shape but, ultimately, are unable to determine any discrete physical characteristics.

Label from Menagerie: Animals on View, March 11–June 4, 2017

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