Photo of Robert Egert taken at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 2017 by Talula Benson

Robert Egert


Robert Egert began his career in the postmodern East Village and Soho in the 80s. Then he was in the middle of the Brooklyn phenomenon in the 90s. He took a master’s degree in Marxist studies at the storied CUNY grad center under Marshall Berman, a right of passage of many thinkers and readers at that time.

And so even though there is a synthetic quality to his organic forms, there is also an analytic quality that comes through from a fascination with history, power, the construction of knowledge. Somewhere between language and life form, Egert paints entities as discrete symbols, carefully conjoined with their negative spaces.

They are erudite and pithy, and yet not cynical or ironic. Actually they are affirmative and sincere. They hold out an ephemeral optimism against a disembodied modernity that they nonetheless acknowledge. Simply, the possibility of new aesthetic life against considerable odds. They remind me of the marks that a philosopher might make who has forsaken writing, but whose pictograms still contain the powder of the battlefield.

Exhibition History

Entre Amigos, Clemente Soto Cultural Center, NYC 

Great Plains: solo exhibition of Paintings, SRO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Big Small Show, The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ, curated by Anne Trauben 

Paintings by Robert Egert, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ, curated by Jim Pustorino

Bonsai Garden: solo exhibition of Small Paintings, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Ballot Show, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Spring Salon; Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. (Through July 2)

Overloard, curated by Kenny Cole, SRO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)

Morphopolis: New Paintings by Robert Egert and Friends; Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Catalogue and essay.

La leçon du printemps; Paintings with Elise Tak and Hendrika ter Elst, curated by Elise Tak. Issyra Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

Diorama; Installation at The Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

Full House (East), Curated by Ethan Pettit, Brooklyn, NY

Full House (West), Curated by Paulette Meyers-Rich and Davis Rich, St. Paul, Minnesota

Works on Paper, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Reimagine, Dye Works Gallery, Garnerville, NY

Drafted, Schema Projects, Brooklyn

Selected Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibition, NurtureArt Benefit, New York, NY

Wackadoodle, Ethan Pettit Contemporary Art, Brooklyn

Ballot Show, Frontroom, Brooklyn, NY

Inaugural exhibit, Ethan Pettit Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Scavenge Study; Sequoia Editions; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Resurrection, Dyeworks Gallery, Garnerville, NY

Grand Harvest, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibition
Unbuilt: Imagined Sculptures, Rockland Center for the Arts, NY

Prussian Blue, (in collaboration with sound artist Lisa Karrer); Dye Works Gallery; Garnville, NY

Group Exhibition, Curated by Tjok Gde Arsa Artha, Pomona Cultural Center, NY

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
57th between A and B
, group exhibition

White Columns, New York, NY,
Solo Exhibition, Paintings

Civilian Warfare, New York, NY,
Solo Exhibition, Paintings


MLA, City University of New York Center for Cultural Studies, New York, NY

BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY