On View

Jay Robinson: Quarks, Leptons and Peanuts

March 28, 2015 - June 21, 2015
Boone and George-Ann Knox Gallery II

This exhibition will feature the work Jay Robinson has created since a fire in the mid-1990s destroyed his home and studio. After the fire, Robinson’s work moved in a different direction and he reinvented himself as an artist, taking inspiration from science. He started studying molecular physics and constellations, moving toward abstraction from a previously realistic approach. Despite the fact that he will turn 100 this year, he continues to create work, painting in the burned studio that he later rebuilt. One painting, an untitled African scene, survived the fire and will be shown in the exhibition.

The Detroit-born artist earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1937 and later attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of the few institutions dedicated to design. There, he studied under Zoltan Sepeshy, Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia, all of whom had a strong influence on Robinson’s methods. In 1950, he traveled to Africa through the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship; the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters purchased seven of his paintings of his travel documentations for presentations and institutions. His painting of Billie Holiday singing, based on a drawing he made of her from life, is in the museum’s collection but has been out on loan in the traveling exhibition “The Visual Blues: The Harlem Renaissance.”

This is the second exhibition of Robinson’s work at the museum. In 2006, “Jay Robinson” featured 31 works including sculptures, egg tempera paintings, drawings, oil paintings and mixed-media creations from the 1940s to the 1980s.


William U. Eiland, director, and Todd Rivers, head preparator


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art