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.
Recent Exhibition History
Great Plains: solo exhibition of Paintings, SRO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (scheduled for April-May, 2018)
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
Unbuilt: Imagined Sculptures, Rockland Center for the Arts, NY
Prussian Blue, (in collaboration with sound artist Lisa Karrer); Dye Works Gallery;
Group Exhibition, Curated by Tjok Gde Arsa Artha, Pomona Cultural Center, NY
MLA, City University of New York Center for Cultural Studies, New York, NY
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY