Monroeisms

Mixed Media 45,7" x 45,7"

RUBINSTEIN

France

1960

FR

« Une œuvre est réussie si elle provoque une émotion. Et l’Emotion, c’est ce qui touche notre moi profond, notre mémoire. »

Patrick Rubinstein.

Patrick Rubinstein est né à Paris en 1960. La France ne parle alors que de Bardot, l’Angleterre des Beatles et les Etats-Unis de Jackie. Chez les Rubinstein aussi mais pas seulement. On dévore le monde et l’instant avec une boulimie effrénée. Les arts apportent l’évasion, et le quotidien, la tendresse. Patrick grandit dans ce cadre, entre une mère passionnée de cinéma et un père avant-gardiste et touche-à-tout. A cinq ans, il est initié à la gouache ; à 8, au film super huit.

Nous sommes en 2005. En 2006, Patrick perd son père. Il repense alors à Yaacov Agam, ce précurseur de l’art cinétique… Il reprend une photo, la plie et explique à ses filles le jeu visuel ainsi créé. Les souvenirs remontent. « L’Op art vient de la contraction du mot optique, en référence à l’art optique ou l’art en mouvement. » Il pense aux portraits qu’il aimerait remettre en scène, au Pop art qui l’a toujours inspiré et à l’ère du numérique qui ouvre de nouvelles portes. Il en parle à un ingénieur…

Les défis techniques de la 3D sont grands mais s’il les remporte, il retrouvera la liberté infinie de la création et avec elle, les lettres de noblesse du travail artisanal qu’il effectuait jeune homme. Il cherche. Sa femme a foi en lui, il ira jusqu’au bout de son idée et vaincra tous les obstacles. Elle le soutient. Après trois années d’acharnement et ce qui relève presque des douze travaux d’Hercule, la victoire est là. Patrick Rubinstein peut envisager tout type de format, même des œuvres monumentales. Il s’entoure de collaborateurs qu’il forme à son art. Il ne lui reste plus qu’à créer.

De ce parcours si singulier dans l’art optique, on retiendra deux mots : courage et talent. Car Patrick Rubinstein n’a jamais douté et le marché de l’art semble aujourd’hui lui donner raison. En 2013, soit cinq ans seulement après avoir vendu sa première œuvre à Drouot, il est classé 89ème au top 100 des artistes Français les mieux cotés*. Ses acquéreurs sont un patron d’écurie de F1, une star du rock coréenne, un couple de français discrets ou un homme d’affaire saoudien. Son père aurait-il pu espérer plus bel hommage ?

* “Top 100 des leaders des ventes aux enchères », Art Actuel, December 2013.

EN

 

“A work of art is only a success if it sparks an emotion.
And emotion is what touches our innermost being, tapping into our memories.”

Patrick Rubinstein.

 

Patrick Rubinstein was born in Paris in 1960, the year the Beatles got together in England, when Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy’s America were all the rage in France. This was true for the Rubinsteins as well, but as part of a much larger picture. The family had a voracious appetite for everything happening around the world, savoring each instant and living life to the fullest. Art offered an outlet, while day-to-day life was immersed in tenderness. This was the context of Patrick’s upbringing, framed by his mother’s passion for film and his father’s successful knack for experimenting with a range of pursuits. At the age of five, Patrick was introduced to gouache, and at eight to Super 8 film.

The year was 2005. In 2006, Patrick lost his father, a watershed experience for him that instantly brought to mind the work of Yaacov Agam, a leading pioneer of kinetic art. Grabbing a photo, Patrick folded it carefully, showing his own daughters the visual effect thus created. Memories bubbled to the surface. “Op art, short for optical art, is an art in movement.” He began thinking of the portraits he wanted to recast, the pop art that had always inspired him, and the digital age that was opening up new opportunities. He spoke of his plans with an engineer….

The technical challenges of 3D were not negligible, but if he could surmount them, he could rediscover the infinite freedom of creation, and with it reawaken interest in the work he had done as a young man. He began his quest. His wife’s confidence in him was absolute, she knew he would follow his concept through to its realization, laying waste to any obstacles encountered along the way. After three years of dogged perseverance, at times passing through what seemed like nothing less than the twelve labors of Hercules, victory was at hand. Patrick Rubinstein was now able to work in any format whatsoever, even monumental ones. He surrounded himself with assistants whom he trained in his art. All that was left was to create.

Two words may best sum up Patrick’s career to date in optical art: courage and talent. His faith in himself has never been shaken and today the art world seems to be proving him right. In 2013, only five years after selling his first work at Drouot, he was ranked 89th among the top 100 French artists by auction revenue.* His patrons include a Formula One team owner, a South Korean rock star, a discreet French husband and wife team of avid collectors, and a Saudi businessman. Could his father have hoped for a more beautiful tribute?

* “Top 100 des leaders des ventes aux enchères », Art Actuel, December 2013.

Exhibitions

2014-2017
Galeries Mark Hachem, Paris, Beirut , NY

2013  
Gallery Bell' Arte, Maastricht -
Red Penguin Art Gallery, Marbella
 
 
2011
Das Kunsthaus Der Kitzbuheler Alpen, Kitzbuhel - Aaart Foundation, ND
 

International art fairs

2017   
Art Palm Beach  
Scope New York 
Scope Miami   

 

2016    
Zona Maco 
Art Marbella 
Art Central Hong Kong 
Art16 London
Art Miami NY 
Art Bogota
Art Wynwood 
Art Stage Singapore 
Art Southampton   
Beirut art fair 
Contemporary Istanbul


2015    
Art Toronto 
Art Marbella 
Collective Basel 
Art15 London 
Art Miami NY
Art Wynwood 
Art Stage Singapore 
Beirut art fair
Contemporary Istanbul


2014     
Art Miami 
Contemporary Istanbul 
Art Toronto 
Art Southampton
Collective Basel 

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