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  • Date Submitted: 03/10/2014 04:34 PM
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Carl Solway Gallery has obtained Robert Kushner’s The Four Seasons murals from downtown’s Tower Place mall and is showing them with recent paintings by the New York artist in the exhibit Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons.

Commissioned in 1990, Kushner’s 9-by-27-foot triptychs hung in Tower Place’s atrium more than two stories above the food court. Maybe you never noticed the murals, or you recall them but not the mall’s stores and eateries. Tower Place opened in 1991 but in recent years became a ghost town, and plans were recently set in motion to turn it into a garage with street-level retail that will be called Mabley Place.

At eye level in the Solway Gallery, Kushner’s The Four Seasons paintings can be (re)appreciated as works of art and not remnants of a dying retail landscape. For the first time, it’s possible to see the bits of glitter and sequins used. No longer does each composition feel like a flat banner.

Kushner agrees that the paintings look better viewed head-on.

“I’d forgotten about the layers of paint, the translucence,” the artist says. “You can get your nose up to them.” Indeed, you can almost smell the evergreen needles in “Winter” and breathe in the frosty air.

It wasn’t easy to bring the outdoors in. The three 9-by-9 panels that make up each season were too wide to fit through the Solway Gallery doors. Associate director Anita Douthat says the stretcher on the back of each had to be cut so the canvas could be gently folded


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