Robert Huot Paintings
Robert Huot Paintings is a retrospective look at an artist’s sixty-year career as a creative force, from the 1960s minimalist style of his youth to the expressive equilateral triangle compositions of more recent times.
Robert Huot (born 1935) has been an artist and politically engaged citizen for much of his life. By his early 30s, he established himself as a serious painter, exhibiting regularly at galleries in New York City and in Europe, and he was invited to participate in notable exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Huot also collaborated on performances and group shows with other upcoming artists, including Carl André, Robert Barry, Lee Lozano, Robert Morris, and Twyla Tharp, his first wife. By the later 1960s, Huot grew increasingly disenchanted with the art world, its commercialization, and its seeming obliviousness to volatile issues of the day, particularly the United States’ war with Vietnam. He describes his life and art work at this moment as a disappearing act: his art work became conceptual and ephemeral, and he moved from New York to a farm in rural New York.
Living Upstate, Huot remained a creative force: he made experimental films; he produced the Diary Paintings series, an impressive drawing/painting hybrid on rolls of canvas; he performed with his band, the Chameleons; and collaborated with artist Carol Kinne, his second wife, on a variety of artistic and political projects. In the 1990s, Huot resumed painting with acrylic on stretched canvas, now using the equilateral triangle as his matrix. In contrast to the minimalist approach from his youth, these are expressively painted, and are grouped in series with titles such as Icons, Homages, Post-Atomic, and Signs and Measures.