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Gideon Rubin in his studio, London 2020. Photo: Richard Ivey
Gideon Rubin in his studio, London 2020. Photo: Richard Ivey

Gideon Rubin’s faceless portraits are inspired by photographs from old photo albums, photos of celebrities or paintings by old masters. In examining this material, the artist is seeking the type of narrative that lends itself to interpretation. The artist’s figures are intended to trigger his viewers’ memories, rather than to represent specific identities. Rubin wants the spectator to focus on the painting process, on the medium itself and on a few details, such as the subject’s posture or bearing. Using sandy tones, grey blues and off-whites that he applies with broad brushstrokes, Rubin also applies a little touch of red to emphasise a particular detail.

Concentrating on canvas or raw linen and roughly-cut bits of cardboard, Rubin often leaves entire areas of these materials untouched so that these often become an integral part of the work, occasionally bringing motifs and letters already printed into the composition.Gideon Rubin was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and then at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, where he completed his studies in 2002. He has had numerous international one-man shows and his works are included in private collections in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and beyond. Gideon Rubin lives and works in London.

Exhibitions

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2020
Gideon Rubin. Black Book

Jerusalem Artists' House, Jerusalem, Israel

2020
Gideon Rubin

Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy

2020-21
A Stranger's Hand

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

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2020
Nof: Gideon Rubin and Eldar Farber

The Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2019
Gideon Rubin. Warning Shadows

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2018
Gideon Rubin, On the Far Side of the Mirror

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2018
Gideon Rubin, The Kaiser’s Daughter

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2018
Gideon Rubin. Black Book

Freud Museum, London, UK

2017
Gideon Rubin. If This Not Be I

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2017
Gideon Rubin. Once Removed

Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus, Greece

2016
Memory Goes As Far As This Morning. A dialogue between Gideon Rubin and Shun Qun

MOCA, Chengdu, China

2016
Gideon Rubin. Memory goes as far as this morning

Institute of Contemporary Art, San José, CA, USA

2016
Gideon Rubin. Questions of Forgiveness

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Gideon Rubin. Delivering Newspapers

Rokeby Gallery, London, UK

2015
Gideon Rubin. Memory goes as far as this morning

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2015
Gideon Rubin. Blue House

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2014
Gideon Rubin. HUABAO / Silia Ka Tung. Story Telling

MistHaus, Shenzhen, China

2014-12
Gideon Rubin. On the Road

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2013
Last Year’s Man

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2012
Gideon Rubin

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2012

Rokeby Gallery, London, UK

2011
Shallow Waters

Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2011
LAVAN

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010
Others

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
To Change Air a Little

Beit Bialik, Tel Aviv, Israel

Group exhibitions
2019
Elements

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2018
How to Travel in Time

apexart, New York,NY, USA

2017
Pick & Pocket. Small is Beautiful

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017
Autumn Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Water, Heart, Face. Jerusalem Biennale

Jerusalem, Israel

2017
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Künstlerräume II

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017
Spring Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
The Mirror Effect

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2016
Gideon Rubin. Group Exhibition

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2016
Winter Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2016
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2016
Memory goes as far as this morning: A dialogue between Gideon Rubin and Shu Qun

Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
NOURISH

Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA, USA

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2014
Daily Memories

Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany

2014
Disturbing Innocence (curated by Eric Fischl)

FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA

2014
John Moores Painting Prize 2014 Exhibition

National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2014
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2014
Künstlerräume

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2013
Carnaval

Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

2012
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2012
Künstlerkinder – von Runge bis Richter, von Dix bis Picasso

Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

2012
To Have A Voice

The Mackintosh Museum / The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

2011
On paper III

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2011
facelook

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2011
Formally Speaking

Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

2011
Not for Sale

Passage de Retz, Paris, France

2011
Lines Made By Walking

Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

2011
Time Flies

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

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