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Arlene Rush
New York, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice is united by a common exploration of social and humanistic ideas that I execute through the mediums of sculpture, new media, installations, and photo-based works. Beginning with an inquiry into our social and political environment, my interdisciplinary work investigates the development of an individual’s sense of self and the evolution of a shared consciousness. Here I explore issues surrounding women’s rights, gender and identity, and a concerted reaction to the changing political and social climate of our era. One of my recent series of work Evidence of Being was created when I embarked on archiving my career. Out of reflecting on my own history and the challenges of sustaining oneself as a career woman artist in an atmosphere of commercialism this began to raise questions for me about the nature and importance of being an artist. My most current series Current Affairs explores the political state and how it challenges gender identity, me too era, racism and our human rights as a whole. Reflecting on the challenges of being a woman artist in an atmosphere of consumerism I interrogate the patriarchal lens through which my work is viewed. What is important to me as an artist is to continue to explore and create a dialogue with others through my art.
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ARLENE RUSH 526 West 26 Street #302, New York NY 10001, 646.285.8706, arushnyc@gmail.com, www.arlenerush.com

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
“Twins: Just A Memory”, Michael Mut Gallery, New York, NY
2005
“Fragments Parts & Pieces - The Sum Of The Whole”, The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
2001
“13 Gold Heads Plus”, (Installation) Galerie Kabinett, Bern, Switzerland
“Arlene Rush: Skulptur”, Galerie Hubertus Wunschik, Monchengladbach, Germany
1999
“Arlene Rush: Recent Works”, Gallery Asyl, New York, NY
1997
“Arlene Rush: Sculptor”, Gallery Asyl, New York, NY
1989
“Arlene Rush: Sculptor”, The Armory Gallery, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA
1988
“Arlene Rush: Sculptor”, Curated by Fern Mallis and Kate Flaherty, International Design Center of New York, LIC, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 upcoming
“Americans Looking In”, Curated by Sherri Littlefield and Emile Ahern, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
2019 upcoming
“Context”, Miami Basel, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, Miami, FL
“Overlap: Life Tapestries”, Curated by Vida Sabbaghi, Pen And Brush, New York, NY
“Invisible”, Art In Odd Places, Curated by Lulu Lolo, New York, NY
2019
“Crashing The Party”, Curated by Barbara O’Brien, The Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY
“Reflecting the Real “, Curated by Mary Dinaburg, Bryan Faller, and Salvatore Schiciano, Gallery on Fourth, Easton, PA
"Art is Money, Money is Art", Curated by Julia Justo, East Village Art View, New York, NY
“Drink Me, Taste Me - An Exhibition of Curious Things”, Curated by Norma Homberg, The Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY
“BOUND/LESS”, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2018
"Fire In The Belly", Curated by Laura Gurton and Carole P. Kundstadt, Burnette Gallery, Woodstock, NY
“Overlap: Life Tapestries”, Curated by Vida Sabbaghi, HUB-Robeson Galleries, Penn State University, University Park, PA
“A New York State of Mind: Stories From The Unusual Suspects”, Curated by Elise Tak, De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, Netherlands
“BORDERWALLS”, Curated by Jamie Martinez, The Border Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
“Defining Form”, Curated by Indira Cesarine, The Untitled Space, New York, NY
“Your Presence is Requested”, Curated by Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, SFA Projects, New York, NY
“Pop Goes The Weasel”, Curated by William Norton, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, NY
“Forever Young: Selections from the Joe Baio Collection”, AIPAD The Photography Show, New York, NY
"Art on Paper”, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
“The Greatest Show on Earth”, Curated by Richard Timperio, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2017
"Me My Selfie and I", Curated by Rick Krieger and Jim Furlong, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY
"Foto Booth", Curated by Larry Walczak, 319W2 Project Space, Erie, PA
“Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the impact of the 2016 US Presidential Election”, Curator-Activist Andrea Arroyo, The Puffin
Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
“I’m The Map”, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
“Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the impact of the 2016 US Presidential Election”, Curator-Activist Andrea Arroyo, Out North
Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
"Art on Paper” Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
"Post-Romance: Artists' Valentines", Curated by Larry Walczak, Eyewash Projects, Renaissance Centre, Erie, PA
"Aphrodisiac", Curated by Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, The Cellar, New York, NY
“Currently 80’s”, Curated by John Yau, Celebrating 80 Years of the Sculptors Guild, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
“Selfie”, Curated by Dominick Lombardi, The Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
“Unnatural Election”, Curator-Activist Andrea Arroyo, NYU Kimmel Gallery, New York, NY
2016
“Art For Life”, Miami Basel, SLS Brickell Hotel, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Miami, FL
“i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…”, Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
“Art Votes: Visualizing the Democratic Process”, Curated by Amy Lipton, Gallery Bergen, Paramus, NJ
“Fish Story”, Curated by Raul Zamudio, Contempo 2016: International Contemporary Art Festival, Varna Bulgaria
“Inferno PT. II”, Curated by Raul Zamudio, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey Mexico
“Art Southampton”, Mark Hachem Gallery, New York NY
“Um & Uh… A Valentine’s Day Pop Up Show”, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, New York NY
2015
“An Inclusive World”, Curated by Vida Sabbaghi, Queens Museum, Werwaiss Family Gallery, Queens, NY
“Going Big”, Curated by Suzan Shutan, Central Booking Gallery, New York, NY
“The Rebirth of Wonder”, CALL FOR BUSHWICK 2015, 98 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY
“THE SELFIE SHOW | MONA Photography”, Museum Of New Art, Troy, MI
“The Comedies and Tragedies of Gays and Lesbians”, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY
2014
“Sixteen Sweet”, Curated by Ivy Brown, Pato Paez, and Elizabeth Sadoff, Ivy Brown Gallery, New York, NY
“i found god in myself: 40th Anniversary Celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…”, Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, The Long Gallery Harlem formally “The Sol Studio”, New York, NY
“i found god in myself: 40th Anniversary Celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…”, Curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
“Art From The Boros II”, Denise Biro Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
“Round Hole, Square Peg”, Curated by Phil Tarley, PHOTO LA, Los Angeles, CA
2013
“Group Show II”, Curated by Kaveh Mojtabai, Milton Art Museum, Canton, MA
“Curate NYC 2013”, Online Exhibition by Guest Curator Nelson Santos, New York, NY
“Round Hole, Square Peg”, Curated by Laura Kruger, Hunter O’Hanieon, Harvey Redding, and Nelson Santos, Smart Clothes Gallery,
New York, NY
“ISE NY Art Search 2013”, Curated by Nancy Lim, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2012
“Fountain Art Fair-Miami”, RUSH Arts Gallery, Miami, FL
“Accepting a New Reality", Curated by Marika Maiorova, Moscow Manege, Moscow, Russia
“A New Reality, September 11th”, Curated by Marika Maiorova, Moscow Manege, Moscow, Russia
“Distressed”, Curated by the Women’s Caucus for Art, LA GALERIA at Boricua College, New York, NY
2011
“Loft In The Red Zone”, Curated by Marika Maiorova, Historic House of JP Morgan, New York, NY
2010
“Human Rights?”, Curated by Roberto Ronca, Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti, Rovereto Trento, Italy
“Open Portfolio New York”, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
“SCULPT”, Designlush, New York, NY
“What Matters Most”, Curated by ecoartspace, Exit Art, New York, NY
“A Book About Death”, Curated by Sonja Benskin Mesher, MOMA, Wales, UK
“Um Livro Sobre a Morte”, Curated by Matthew Rose, MUBE, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009
“Small is the New Big”, Curated by Nico Wheadon, Scope International Art Fair, RUSH Arts Gallery, New York, NY
“Group Exhibition”, Curated by Dru Arstark, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
2008
“Everybody In”, Curated by Derrick Adams, RUSH Arts Gallery, New York, NY
“Locus”, Curated by Katherine Jánszky Michaelsen, 111 Front Street Arts Building in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
2006
“About Face”, Galerie 1816, Bretenoux, France
“Group Show”, Galerie 1816, Bretenoux, France
“Female Trouble”, Curated by Stacy Stewart Smith, Stacy Stewart Smith Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003
“New York Arts Fair”, Demenga Collection, New York, NY
2002
“Witness & Response: September 11th Acquisitions in the Library of Congress”, Great Hall,
Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Library Congress, Washington, DC
“Reactions”, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College Design, Pasadena CA
“Reactions”, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
1999
“The Millennium Exhibition”, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1996
“Group Show”, Millennium/Lurie Gallery, New York, NY
1995
“Surviving Illness: Stories of Cancer”, Curated by Kay A. Klolzbach and Deborah Allen, Pavilion Gallery, Mt Holly, NJ
1994
“Group Show”, C.S. Shultte Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1993
“Focus on Art”, JCC of Metropolitan New Jersey, West Orange, NJ
“Egg Art 93”, Meisner Gallery, New York, NY
“Imagination”, Curated by Gail Levin, Peconic Gallery, Suffolk Community College, Riverhead, NY
1992
“Eight Sculptors”, The Gallery at Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston, NJ
“Finer Points of Life”, Weiner Gallery, New York, NY
“Emerging Forms”, The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
“Contemporary Sculpture”, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY

GRANTS
2011 Pat Hearn & Collin De Land Foundation
1988 The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, one-month fellowship to Barcelona, Spain

SELECT PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center - West Side, New York, NY
Joe Baio, New York, NY
Pavel Zoubok, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK
Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mark Golden, GOLDEN Artist Paint, Berlin, NY
Chaney Family Collection, Houston, TX
ARCO Chemical, Newton Square, PA
The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
Library of Congress, Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Washington, DC
American Medical Association, New York, NY

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY & PUBLICATIONS
- "Overlap: Life Tapestries", Wall Street International, October 3, 2018
- "Brooklyn Vibes at State College PA", Arte Fuse, October 1, 2018
- Rob Schoonen "Freight to image in Cacao factory", Eindhovens Dagblad, September 6, 2018
- Audra Lambert "AIPAD Features Groundbreaking Work by Arlene Rush in Photography Collection of Joe Baio", ANTE Magazine,
April 07, 2018
- Ann Landi “Under the Radar – Arlene Rush”, Vasari21, June 4, 2017
- Kimberly Ruth "Art Uncovered: Arlene Rush", BTRtoday, January 31, 2017
- Marley C. Smit “Trust Issues: “Rush for President” and the Pitfalls of the American Electoral Process”,
D/RAILED Contemporary Art Magazine, October 27, 2016
- Anna Savitskaya “Internalizing rejection can be detrimental to your mind, body, and work an interview with Arlene Rush,"
Artdependence Magazine, September 28, 2016
- Ann Landi “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: Part Two”, Vasari21, June 2016
- Claire Voon “In Response to Censorship, Artist Incite Users to Flood Facebook with Nudity”, Hyperallergic, January 14, 2016
- Seph Rodney “An Art Exhibition ‘for colored girls’, Hyperallergic, December 1, 2014
- Felicia R. Lee “Schomburg Center Plans Exhibition on ‘For Colored Girls’ “, The New York Times, ArtsBeat, September 8, 2014
- Peter ‘Souleo’ Wright “On the “A” w/Souleo: Groundbreaking Choreo-poem for colored girls… Turns 40”, Huffington Post –
The Blog, September 2, 2014, November 2, 2014
- Alexis Garrett Stodghill “Harlem artists team up for a new Schomburg exhibit honoring the 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s
poetic monologues”, New York Daily News, October 13, 2014
- Critic’s Pick ,“Round Hole, Square Peg”, Time Out New York , August 15-21, 2013
- Staff Picks, AroundPhilly.Com, “ The Sum Of The Whole”, September 5, 2005
- S. Blomen-Radermacher “Kunstlerin Arbeitet Mit Dem Kopf” Rheinische Post, September 18, 2001
- “Go a Head” Stadtmagazin, September 2001
- “Go A Head” Monchengladbach/Aktuell, September 2001
- Galleries/Chelsea “Short List” The New Yorker, December 8, 1997
- Galleries/Chelsea “Short List” The New Yorker, December 1, 1997
- Robin Rice “Glass House” City Paper, June 26, 1992
- “Visual Arts: Contemporary Sculptures at Kenkeleba” Black Arts New York, April 1992
- Phyllis Braff “Focus on The Family” The New York Times, March 10, 1991
- Helen A Harrison “Exploring Creativity as Process” The New York Times, March 20, 1988
- Karin Lipson “A Show of the Best Art” Newsday, March 11, 1988

 








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