Paul Rosin Untitled (Diptych)
Medium Two silver prints
Photo Date 1990s Print Date 1990s
Dimensions 18-13/16 x 15 in. (478 x 381 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
The size refers to each print in the diptych.
Born in 1957 in Chicago, Paul Rosin, an American artist based in Chicago, works in black and white images that searingly explore the human body, sexuality, death and the environment in which we live. After his early education in film and photography, he traveled extensively through Europe becoming interested in European independent Avante Garde photography and film. After returning in 1977, Rosin went to Boston University for photography and film, but was expelled after just three months. He returned to Chicago where he studied photography under Alex Sweetman and Ken Josephson and film making with P. Sitney and Brackhage at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1978-81. He got his BFA there in 1981.
After making numerous still lifes with primitive cameras and alternative processes, Rosin began to work with performance artist Andrea Somma on a portfolio of portraits and nudes. Along with Somma and David West, Rosin worked on the Tim Palazzodo film, "Caligari's Cure", which won the 1983 Edinborough Film Festival. After participating in numerous group shows, in 1982, Rosin had his first one-person show at Sheffield Gallery in Chicago. Then in 1984 he had a second one-person show at Lennox Gallery, Chicago; that same year the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), bought one of his works, which was later shown in MCA's first permanent collection show. MCA also gave him a one-person show in 1985 as part of an "Options" showcase for four emerging local artists. MCA has continued to show Rosin's work in other more recent group shows, including "Art in Chicago, 1945-1995" in 1997 and "A lonely man doesn’t laugh so easily" in 2009.
His work was in a one-person show at Area X Gallery in the East Village in 1986.
Rosin's work was included in the Whitney Museum's show and accompanying catalogue, "The Romantic Landscape" in 1987. In 1992 he was part of a group show, entitled "Fever" at Exit Art, New York City.
University Galleries, Illinois State University, published his catalogue, "Obliged by Nature: Photographs" in 1993, which was connected to an exhibition of the same name in 1993 there. That same year, Exit Art, New York City, gave Rosin a two-person show entitled "Obscure". On its web site the gallery says, "Paul Rosin's black and white portraits, still lifes and pre-arranged situations exuded an eroticism and murky violence that relentlessly pulls the viewer into his unsettling, unspoken narrative. The subtly hand-tinted, slightly pockmarked and scratched emulsion, coarse, dull grain and dodged blacks reveals the hand of the photographer who manipulates the timeless images to suggest ancient and abused hallucinogenic realities."
In 1996 Rosin was part of a two-person show at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Institute of Visual Arts/Kenilworth. Curated by Ted Stangua in 1996, "An Untitled Selection From Chicago Photographers" at the Hyde Park Art Center brought together ten local emerging and established photographers who worked with black and white and color photography, including Rosin.
He was include in a show at Luise Ross Gallery, New York City, entitled "Great Photographs!" in 2012.
Besides MoCA, Chicago, Rosin's work is in the collection of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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