Rugs and Editions - Walter Robinson

Walter Robinson, Tumultuous Heart, 2017, Hand-Knotted wool, 72" x 72" edition of 15 + 3 APs, For pricing please contact us at

BravinLee editions is pleased to roll-out a new carpet designed by Walter Robinson based on a series of spin-art paintings he executed in 1985-86.

Titled Tumultuous Heart and made in Nepal from hand-knotted 100% New Zealand wool with a knot-count of 150 per inch, it measures 72 x 72 inches and is produced in an edition of 15, and includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Walter Robinson.

Robinson's spin-art paintings were done with One-Step sign painter's enamel -- a brilliantly hued, high-gloss set of colors with high lead content -- on ready-made 3 x 3 foot stretchers, using a jury-rigged machine assembled from a Canal Street electric motor and pulley set horizontally in a bin made of wood lathe and plastic sheeting; the paint was poured straight out of the can onto the spinning canvas, whose speed was controlled with a simple on-off switch.

A trial run on cardboard was made on-site for a 1985 show at Zero One in Los Angeles, a celebrated unlicensed after-hours club that doubled as an art gallery, operated by the eccentric L.A. figure John Pochna and backed by David Lee Roth. Those paintings are all now lost. The series of 3 x 3 foot spin art canvases made their debut in 1986 in the downstairs gallery at Metro Pictures on Greene Street in SoHo, where they were celebrated by art critic Kim Levin in the Village Voice as providing a "post-modernist frisson." Otherwise the works were ahead of their time (similar paintings by Robinson's colleague Damien Hirst wouldn't make their appearance for another decade). Robinson produced an abbreviated series measuring 4 x 4 feet the following year, before suspending the series and moving onto other things.

Robinson's exhibition, The Americans is currently on view at Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz, thru September 2. Link to Walter's wikipage
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