Robert Janitz

1962 born in Alsfeld, Germany
lives and works in New York City, United States of America

2009 Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Cherbourg, FR
2003 - 2007 Guest lecturer, Visual Arts, University Paris 8, Paris, FR

Robert Janitz creates boldly expressive paintings in which he distills his memories and experiences, as well as real world and art historical references, into semi-abstract and abstract images. He explores themes ranging from the history of portraiture to the mnemonic effects of the surfaces and textures surrounding him, to the sensuous appeal of such mundane sights as buttered bread. In all of his compositions, he foregrounds the process of painting and its material qualities through his luscious application of pigment, subtle color combinations, and the rough edges of his canvases. Janitz aims for directness, and compares his immersive brushstrokes in one series to “a ‘hardware store’ gesture, like someone who cleans a window or spreads butter on a piece of toast.”
Voir :
In the painting and sculptural work of Robert Janitz’ surfaces are membranes of memory and description. It is the space of the paint itself that Janitz explores in his painting, giving it haptic form. He generates his paint using wax, flour, and oils, using it on primarily large canvases to create volumes and extend it as a mass into sculptural space—on the painting surface just as in his sculptural paintings. Thick brushstrokes, limited colour palettes, and uncomplicated form give way to an immersive openness that renders the subject of these paintings the paint itself and, more importantly, the mere fact of their painted-ness. Janitz thinks of the surface and its continuing development as a site. It develops concrete structures and makes the structural its object, a space, and not least a metaphor of painting itself in the midst of his abstract painting. His broad surfaces and almost crude brushstrokes are thus condensed gestures of the lived and the coming, they are movements that do not exist as a figure or an object. They are the gesture of their motion itself. The artworks call to mind the streaks on a recently cleaned pane of glass, making us aware of a surface meant to be transparent, invisible. Janitz’s painterly gestures have a similar relationship to the picture plane, obscuring it with paint in order to reveal it. The oxymoron that Robert Janitz develops between image and language, between the painted and the titles of his works has something of a similar gesture to it. Passages of text or concepts from literature, the theatre, poetry, or everyday life encounter his painting like hashtags that set situational points of departure and still leave the narration of the image to itself. Janitz uses words as forms and his forms in turn develop a language that refuses the grammar of order. Texture becomes a location that narrates, just like texts that describe locations. Abstract and conceptual, they represent footnotes that refer as an intermediate form to thoughts and situations, to links and inspiration. Robert Janitz was born 1962 in Alsfeld Deutschland/Germany. Before moving to the U.S., the artist lived and worked for many years in Paris. He currently lives and works in New York. He has been the subject of monographic exhibitions both internationally and in the United States: Meyer Riegger Berlin (2014), Team Gallery, New York (2014), Galerie Sobering, Paris (2013), École d’Art Gerard Jacot, Belfort (2012), Centre d´Art Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, (2011).
Voir :
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Robert Janitz, Saint-Etienne
September 07 - October 31, 2008

Solo Exhibitions:
Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany, Oriental Lumber Team Gallery, New York, NY, Stick Shift Heaven
Galerie Sobering, Paris, LE TRA VERSEUR DE LA TLAN TIC!
Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY, How I Learned To Love The F C L E A R I N G, Brussels, A SHOE THAT FITS VARIOUS FEET
C L E A R I N G, New York, NY, TO FALLOW (with Koenraad Dedobbeleer)
Centre d’Art Domaine de Kerguehennec, France, EN REGARDS (with Pierre Tal-Coat) Bretagne, France, Art Dans Les Chapelles
L’H du Siège, PARCOURS, Valenciennes, France, PARCOURS
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, France, FAIRE TRACE, France
Espace d’Art Contemporain, Atelier Blanc, Villefranche sur Rouergue, France Maison Art Contemporain Chailloux, Paris (with catalog)
Leroy Merlin, Paris, DRIVE BY PAINTING,
Moments Artistiques, Paris, NOLENS VOLENS PINXIT RJ, Moments Artistiques Galerie La Girafe, Berlin
Centre Regional Art Contemporain Le 10-neuf, Montbéliard, France (with catalog)
AS220, Providence, RI, PCP.05
Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris (with catalog)
Galerie Valleix, Paris, Huiles sur toile Selected Group Exhibitions
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, The Painter of Modern Life (organized by Bob Nickas)
Fairview Museum of History and Art, Fairview, UT, The Museum of Love and Devotion
(organized by Jason Metcalf)
Team Gallery, New York, NY, ghost outfit (organized by todd von ammon)
Lisson Gallery, London, UK, Where were you?
Middlemarch, Brussels, Belgium, En-trée (curated by Christopher Green) Halsey/McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, No Ground But Say Ground.
Martos Gallery, East Marion, NY, LAT. 41' 7" N. / LONG. 72' 19" W., (organized by Bob Nickas)
Team Gallery, New York, NY, Old Black (organized by Todd von Ammon)
Hannah Barry Gallery, London, Let It Come Down (curated by Anton Zolotov)
Martos Gallery, NADA Art Fair, Cologne, Germany, (solo booth)
Art Amalgamated, New York, NY, Informal Abstraction
Holiday Shop, New York, NY (curated by Olivia Shao)
TEMP, New York, NY, No Show* (An exhibition devised by Joao Simoes)
C L E A R I N G, New York, NY, NADA Art Fair
Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY, NADA Art Fair
C L E A R I N G, NYC, Brussels, Brussels Art Fair
École d’Art Gerard Jacot, Belfort, France, Le Geste et la Couleur (curated by Philippe Cyroulnik)
Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - New Works from Berlin (Curated by Vita Zaman)
Miami, FL, Royal Rumble
Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY, Tax Day News & Smoke Payne White House, French Cultural Services, Tranches de savoir Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, Winter Break
Canada Gallery, New York, NY, Material Matter and Other Issues
Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY Exhibition #3 (curated by Joao Simoes) Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Thema 4
Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina (curated by Philippe Cyroulnik) Ecole Supérieure Des Beaux Arts, Cherbourg, France, Exposition 5–31 Janvier 2009
(curated by Jean-Charles Agboton-Jumeau)
Cloud Cuckoo Land, video installation, invited by Moskowitz/Trager, - 303 Gallery, New York, NY, Mary’s choice, 2009
- Momenta Art, Brooklyn
- Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin/Madrid, 2008 - 2009
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY, Colors
Galerie Pascal Gabert, Paris, Regards Croisés (curated by Philippe Cyroulnik)
TSL Gallery, Hudson, NY, Gread, Envy, Fear (curated by Linda Mussmann) Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
TEMS-TV, Chantier Zen, Le Djurdjura, Paris Galerie Nanky de Vreeze, Amsterdam
Galerie Valleix, FIAC, Paris
Galerie Valleix, The Sparkling Bag, Paris Galerie Valleix, Austerlitz-Autrement, Paris
Galerie Valleix, ART Basel, Switzerland
Selected Bibliography
Dillon, Noah, “A Fleeting Moment on The J Train: Robert Janitz on his recent work,” Artcritical, March 24
Schjeldahl, Peter, “Robert Janitz,” New Yorker Magazine, January
Heinrich, Will, “’Robert Janitz: Stick Shift Heaven’ at Team Gallery,” New York Observer, March 12
Nickas, Bob, “The Un-Painter of Modern Life, Age 45, Has Died,” Annual Magazine, Issue 6
(with illustration)
Rosenberg, Karen, “Art in Review: Old Black,” The New York Times, July 11, p. C23 (with illustration)
"Johnny Cash & Buttered Toast," an Interview with Robert Janitz, Painter's Bread Blog, April
Nickas, Bob,“Peinture Contemporaine,” Beaux Arts Magazine n.345, France, March
St.-Lascaux, David, “Winter Break,” Brooklyn Rail, New York, February
Hurst Howard, “Robert Janitz,” feature interview,, New York, January 12 (with illustration)
Johnson, Paddy, “10 Best "Gritty" Brooklyn Shows in Manhattan”, The L-Magazine, Dec 8
"Bienvenidos al mundo del arte en colores," ARTE, octobre, Argentina
"Quand la culture se fait buissonniere," Le Figaro Magazine, 26 June, France "Esprits de chapelles," Télérama, No. 3104, Supplément Juillet - Aoùt 2009, France
"Art dans les chapelles, 2009," catalog, juin 2009, France
“Peinture Fraiche,” with Jean Daive, interview on Radio France Culture, May 22 Smulders, Caroline “Ce qui peut être vu vient de l’invisible,” H du Siege, France, April
Wat, Pierre “Robert Janitz and Koyo Hara,” Le Petit Chaillioux, Fresnes, January
“Robert Janitz, l'Angoisse de peindre,” Art Présence N° 59, France, July/September “Robert Janitz,” CRAC Le 19, Montbeliard, France, monographic catalog, September
“A view of artists through the looking glass,” Providence Journal, USA, 31 July
“L'Ascèse picturale de Robert Janitz,” Art Présence N° 42, France, April/June
“Leise Strategien gegen den Streit,” Ba