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Walter Robinson is an artist and art critic from New York City. He currently exhibits his work with Lynch Tham on the Lower East Side in New York City. A survey of his paintings from 1979 to 2014 opened in 2014 at the University Galleries at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.; the show subsequently appears at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, OH. As a critic, Robinson was the founding editor of Artnet Magazine (1996-2012), and before that a contributor to Art in America (1980-1996), the art editor of the East Village Eye and a founding editor of Art-Rite magazine. He also co-produced the public-access television show, GalleryBeat.
Ask anyone about Walter Robinson, and they mention three things. The first is his art: the skill in his figurative work; the audacity of his spin paintings; his quasi-disappearance from the art world. “He is one of the most underrated, unknown, undervalued artists of the late 20th century,” Barry Blinderman, director of Illinois State University’s galleries and one of his former dealers, said.
The second thing that comes up is his wife, Lisa Rosen, a tall, slim brunette. In the ’70s, she met Edit deAk, a onetime friend and collaborator of Mr. Robinson’s, at the rock club CBGB and visited the loft Ms. deAk shared with Mr. Robinson—“We used to roller skate in it, it was so enormous; it was fabulous,” Ms. Rosen recalled. She left for Europe, worked as a model and learned art restoration. After returning to New York in 1999, she ran into Mr. Robinson at a Julian Schnabel opening. They married in 2009.
The third thing people mention is Mr. Robinson’s omnipresence as a journalist. “I wouldn’t say he’s a gossip but he always knows what’s going on,” writer Glenn O’Brien said. “He’s so likable that people like to talk to him, and he’s pretty discreet.”