Gideon Rubin
(Tel Aviv, Israel, 1973)

Untitled, 2016

Gouache on paper; 6 works
38 x 27,5 cm, each work
[Photo: Courtesy Galleria Monica De Cardenas and Gideon Rubin]

The distinctive feature of the works of Gideon Rubin is the deletion of the faces of subjects reproduced in advertising, old magazines, photographs, and other printed materials collected by the artist.

Untitled was showcased in 2016 at Rubin’s solo exhibition hosted by the Freud Museum in London. During a visit to the museum the artist thought back to when, in 1938, Freud was forced to migrate from Vienna to London to flee Nazi persecution, and he wondered what magazines looked like at the time, before the war. After finding several copies, he intervened by covering some parts. While doing this work he became aware of the close relationship between Freud’s story and his own family’s. Just as Freud had fled Vienna in 1938, the artist’s grandparents on his mother’s side fled Romania in 1939 from Nazi  ìpersecution. His father was the only one of his twelve brothers to survive the violence of the Holocaust.

Gideon Rubin has had numerous solo exhibitions at international museums and exhibition spaces, including the Freud Museum, London (2018); the MoCA, Chengdu (2016); the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art Israel (2015) and ICA, San Jose (2016). He exhibited in group shows at The Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv (2020); Apexart, New York (2018); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2014); Klosterhaus in Magdeburg, Germany (2014) and the Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2012). Rubin’s work is included in a number of prestigious international collections, including: Museum Voorlinden Collection, The Netherlands; Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco; The Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Speyer Family Collection, NY; The Seavest Collection, NY; Ruinart, France; Fondation Frances, France; Rubin Museum, Israel.