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Robin Antar

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Brooklyn, NY 11330, U.S.A.
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Phone: 718-375-5156
Email: info@rantar.com
URL: http://www.rantar.com

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It’s been a long journey. Born in New Jersey, I moved with my family to Brooklyn, New York as a teen and learned to carve stone as a means of survival. The social scene at Lincoln High School was brutal; I was an outsider. Art was my way in, my emotional lifeline, my spiritual way out.

            In 1981 I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, and had also begun to “pay my dues” in sweat and stone dust. I became an elected member of the Allied Artists of America, the National Association of Women Artists, and Pen and Brush, Inc., all of New York, NY.

            Best known today for my work in stone, my pieces are created primarily in my Brooklyn-based studio and gallery. My pieces are in three galleries: POP International Galleries in New York City, NY; Lumin Art Gallery, Dallas, TX; and Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA. I am the first female artist ever to exhibit at POP International Galleries.

            In my Realism in Stone series I focus on realistic replications of icons of American pop culture, creating permanent records of “best loved” items in today’s society that may not exist tomorrow. That series was preceded by years spent in abstract sculpting and painting the limits and freedom of vision I encountered after suddenly discovering I was blind in one eye – and had been since my birth.

            While working in abstracts and during the Realism in Stone series I began a functional art line as well, one that naturally flowed together with the culture of my Jewish heritage.

            Somehow what started as an abstract ended as a wine knot, a nesting place for the beverage blessed each Sabbath by Jews around the world.

            Chips of alabaster and other stones were transformed into salt cellars -- bearing that into which for generations my family has dipped portions of the Sabbath bread before distributing it to diners at the table.

            Larger, more irregular pieces became candy bowls, places to hold the sweets traditionally gifted between Jews on the holiday of Purim.

            But Jewish art was not new to me: I had five deeply traditional silver Torah scroll covers to my credit, one of the five models first carved in stone found in the yard of a newly-constructed Roman Catholic cathedral in New York City. Each of those commissions now graces the prayers of a Jewish congregation.

            Along with those sculptures and throughout my life I have sought infuse whichever media I use – be it charcoal on paper, oil paint on canvas or a diamond blade on stone -- all the forces at play. Any joy, heartache or rage simply becomes more fuel to the fire.

            A number of museums have exhibited my work, including The Alternative Museum, New York City, NY; City Museum in S. Louis, MO; Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA and several others.

            My work has been included by Sotheby’s in a Channel 13 Auction in New York, NY; shown by Fine Art Management Enterprises in Miami, FL; exhibited at the Waldorf Astoria by Elliot Stevens, New York, NY; and as a featured artist at the ARTV Awards, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, among numerous other exhibitions.

            Last year I participated in shows in New York, NY, Dallas, TX, Philadelphia, PA and online.    

            My work has been of interest to the media as well. I was interviewed by WNBC TV, HGTV, CBS New York, FOX 5 TV Las Vegas, Downtown Magazine, The Huffington Post, Sculpture Pacific Magazine, Wine Access: Canada’s Wine Magazine, to name just a few.

            In an email dated April 18, 2012, my work received the exceptional honor of being praised by Marla Prather, Curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who called it “quite remarkable” and noted that it “obviously relates to Andy Warhol.”

 

            Although I have been honored nearly every year since 2004, I especially treasure the Newhouse Foundation Grant, the Gold Medal of Honor from the Allied Artists of America, and the Gretchen Richardson Award for Carved Sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists.