Gideon Rubin - Artist in Residence | Palazzo Monti Residency Program, Italy | 7 - 28 May 2019

Palazzo Monti

Gideon Rubin will be the Artist in Residence at Palazzo Monti, an artist residency program based in Brescia, housed in a palazzo that dates back to 1200. Built in the XIII century, the residency is conveniently located at a short distance from the culturally rich cities of Milan, Venice and Florence. Decorated with Neoclassicist frescos from the late 1750s, the Palazzo provides an inspiring setting to create contemporary art.

Feature: NEW MAGAZINE | Gideon Rubin - Two Pages 

New Magazine - Issue Two

Warning Shadows | Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne | 11 April - 18 May 2019

Warning Shadows, Galerie Karsten Greve

Inspired by films and old photographs from family albums, pictures of celebrities and old-master portraits, illustrated magazines, not least impressions of everyday life, Gideon Rubin paints figures which he characteristically reduces. The artist is not interested in the individual. His human images therefore usually have a beige empty spot, a black spot, a gas mask or some other masking in the place where the face ought to be. Through posture and gesture, hairstyle and clothing or a characteristic attribute he depicts a type, a character or a historical personality.

The places where each person is located are hard to identify in the sparingly sketched surroundings. Gideon Rubin’s work is about memories that have faded over time. The artist uses subdued colours - mostly sandy tones, greyish blues, and eggshell white, which he applies with a painterly style, with sometimes a striking bright red to accentuate a detail. This subtle coloration and the fact that he often reworks his pictures with additional layers hint at his desire to bring something forgotten back to life. As a picture support he uses canvas and natural linen, cardboard or wood, leaving some parts unpainted, so that the ground becomes part of the composition. As a result of the blurring of identifying details and the erasure of physiognomic features, beholders associate the subjects with their own memories and perceptions, especially since restrained gestures, postures, and positions of the characters aim at a déjà-vu effect, encourage those who see them to complete the picture in their own way.

Warning Shadows, Galerie Karsten Greve, Drususgasse 1-5,50667 Cologne

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Embodied Landscape | Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris | 26 January - 27 February 2019

Red-Knickers, 35.5 x 30.5 cm, Oil on Linen

Group show featuring the work of Gideon Rubin, Georgia Russell, Sergio Vega, Lawrence Carroll, Ma Jun and Thomas Brummett. 

Au Fil de l'Amour | Maison des Arts et Loisirs de Laon | 25 January - 25 May 2019


A group exhibition organised by l'association Françoise, with works by Nan Goldin, Sebastiao Salgado, Gideon Rubin, Stephane Sautour, Malick Sidibé and Alfred Wertheimer. 

Maison des Arts et Loisirs de Laon, Espace Bernard Noel, Place Aubry, 02000 Laon, France 

The Conversation | Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco | 5 - 26 January 2019


The Conversation is a group presentation from our roster of artists including Martin Basher, Ethan Cook, Chris Coy, Amie Dicke, Alec Egan, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, An Te Liu, Jason Bailer Losh, Jordan Nassar, Neil Raitt, Jay Stuckey, Samantha Thomas, alongside Sara Berman, Michael John Kelly, Gideon Rubin, Robert Russell, Caroline Walker, Sara Ann Weber, and Janet Werner.

The Conversation, January 5 – 26 2019, Anat Ebgi, Gallery 200

Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street 

Autumn Show | Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland | 16 October - 20 December 2018
















COMRADE | Anat Ebgi Gallery | May 12 - June 23 2018 | Opening Reception May 12 6-8pm


Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Comrade, an exhibition by London-based, Israeli artist Gideon Rubin. Continuing his fascination with memory and history, Rubin uses found images as the armature for abstract portraits of the past. The exhibition is the culmination of a month-long residency at The La Brea Residency.

Often directly painting over source materials if not explicitly referencing them, cultural memory is revised and questioned through the historicized image. His broad, wet brush-strokes challenge the younger medium, photography, as much as it makes use of its conventions - specifically the idea that a picture tells a thousand words, or that either can purport to be “truthful.”

A degree of anonymity shrouds much of Rubin’s human figures - faceless, they become surfaces for projection, no one and everyone, all at once. This obfuscation through overpainting and blending - in particular a composition of suited men who upon closer examination are the Hollywood Ten - allow the viewer to consider different versions to the familiar tales of history and popular culture. Whether painted on canvas, wood, cardboard or even the original photograph itself, Rubin’s varied sources directly inform the visage of the work, playing with the connotations of a glamour which has become disposable. A tousled lock of hair, clenched fists or the way a garment wrinkles falls on the body, these are the human impressions Rubin imprints upon the viewer. Without falling into the trappings of nostalgia, Rubin tackles this collection of headshots, print ads and family photos in such a way that blends time and spectatorship into ambiguous flux. Suddenly, everything is less specific, intangible, a barely-decipherable glimmer.

Image: Gideon Rubin, Untitled (LR), 2018. Oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches

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The Kaiser's Daughter | Hosfelt Gallery | March 17th - April 28th 2018 | Opening reception March 17th 4-6pm


Most of the paintings in Gideon Rubin’s sixth solo exhibition with Hosfelt Gallery were selected from work made for an exhibition at the Freud Museum in London.  As source material, Rubin — an Israeli living in London whose work always refers to found images — mined photographs illustrating a serialized English-language edition of Mein Kampf that was published in 1939, the same year that Rubin’s grandparents, like Sigmund Freud, fled Europe to escape Nazi persecution. 

Rubin’s characteristic manner of painting – with his subjects reduced to a few adept brushstrokes in a minimal color palette — renders his imagery simultaneously straightforward and ambiguous.  They read like a flash of memory at the point of fading completely, a dream, or a history known only through re-telling.  

Other paintings in this exhibition refer to Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1975 experimental film, The Mirror, a non-linear, autobiographical masterpiece known for the poetry of its cinematography.  Central to the work of the three — Freud, Tarkovsky and Rubin — is the slipperiness of human memory and the importance of seeking clues in the past to decipher and resolve the issues of the present.

Group show | All In the Family | Senate Gallery | Ben-Gurion University | March 21st - June 3rd 2018


Gideon Rubin | Billboard Commission | Kingsgate workshops / Kingsgate Project Space | Feb 7th - April 14th 2018


FEATURE | Trebuchet Magazine | 'Black Book' Gideon Rubin at Freud Museum


FEATURE | TimeOut London | Gideon Rubin: Black Book


BLACK BOOK | Sacha Craddock in Conversation with Artist Gideon Rubin | Freud Museum London | 20.02.2018 | 7pm


Art critic and writer Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with artist Gideon Rubin about his Freud Museum project BLACK BOOK and discussing the way propaganda is used to generate racial conflict, which in turn affects the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. 

The conversation will be moderated by curator James Putnam. 

The artist’s specially created project for Freud’s final home relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. A series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper take inspiration drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected. The idealised images of heath and efficiency in the magazines were designed to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy in Nazi propaganda. Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. The process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche. 

BLACK BOOK is the latest exhibition in a critically acclaimed series curated by James Putnam on display at the Museum from 7 February - 15 April 2018.

Full Price £10
Friends of the Museum £7
Students / concessions £7

Advanced booking highly recommended.

BLACK BOOK | Freud Museum London | 07.02.2018 - 15.04.2018


The Freud Museum is pleased to present BLACK BOOK, an exhibition of new work by Gideon Rubin and the latest in a critically acclaimed series curated by James Putnam. Rubin’s specially created project for Freud’s final residence relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. It comprises a series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper with subject matter drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected specifically for the project. These magazines contain idealised images of heath and efficiency to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy as Nazi propaganda.  Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. This process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche.

Working on them has been his way to engage with the past on a personal level. He identifies Freud's narrow escape from Vienna in 1938 with his own maternal grandparents’ escape from Nazi persecution, fleeing Romania at the last moment in 1939. Rubin situates this imagery within the context of Freud’s home. But these seemingly ‘innocent’ images belie their sinister undertones that allude to the Nazis subsequent mission to exterminate the Jews with Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’.

Mein Kampf was translated into English and published in London in 1939. Rubin has also acquired an original edition of Hitler’s infamous autobiography and has systematically blacked out every page to create a series of abstract monochrome compositions. His systematic blacking out of Mein Kampf and the Nazi propaganda images represents a symbolic neutralising and negating of their sinister associations reflected in the exhibition’s title: BLACK BOOK.

Whilst BLACK BOOK strikingly conveys the racial hatred and diaspora of the past, the themes explored are just as relevant to today – from the manipulation and subversion of the media, to racial conflict and war. We are living through a period of intolerance and conflict greater than any period since WW2 with an unprecedented 66.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.

The exhibition marks the beginning of the year in which the Freud Museum will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Freud family arriving in London. Sigmund Freud’s escape from Vienna was an international news story in June 1938, and in 2018 the museum will use its archives and collections to explore Freud’s status as a refugee in England, while so many others are being made refugees 80 years later. 


If This Not Be I | Alon Segev Gallery | 16.12.2017 - 26.01.2018


Gideon Rubin, 'Untitled (In the Field)', Oil on Canvas, 2017

Water, Heart, Face | Jerusalem Biennale | 01.10 - 16.11.2017 

Gideon Rubin, 'Untitled', Gouache on paper, 2014

Group Show | Summer Show | Galerie Karsten Greve St. Moritz | 30.06 - 19.08.2017 


Gideon Rubin, 'Untitled', Gouache on cardboard, 2017


Group Exhibition | Kunstlerraume II | Galerie Karsten Greve | 30.06 - 02.09.2017


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Group Exhibition | Mirror Mirror | Hosfelt Gallery 08.07 - 12.08.2017


Gideon Rubin, 'Girl in the Water', Oil on canvas, 122x102cm, 2011

Exhibition | Once Removed | Pharos Art Foundation 17.05 - 05.07.2017


Pharos Art Foundation

Group Exhibition | THE READING ROOM | Rokeby 22.02 - 20.04.2017


Gideon Rubin, 'Untitled', Gouache on paper, 38x27.5cm, 2016

Featuring work by Sam Dargan, Lara Davies, Ej Major, Abigail Reynolds, Gideon Rubin

Group Exhibition | Alon Segev 28.12.2016 - 27.01.2017

Gideon Rubin, Green, Oil on Canvas, 35x30cm, 2015

Gideon Rubin, 'Green', Oil on Canvas, 35x30cm, 2015

Featuring work by Gideon Rubin, Tal Mazliach, Noa Yekutieli and Maya Zack. 

Show | ACCROCHAGE | Karsten Greve St Moritz 04.10.2016 -23.12.2016

ACCROCHAGE featuring works by Josef Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Lawrence Carroll, Lucio Fontana,  Gotthard Graubner, Mimmo Jodice, Catherine Lee, Claire Morgan, Gideon Rubin, Joel Shapiro, David Smith, Pierre Soulages and Cy Twombly.

Exhibition | Memory goes as far as this morning: A dialogue between Gideon Rubin and Shu Qun | Chengdu MoCA 

23.9.2016 -8.11.2016


Book Cover | Gideon Rubin on Alessandro Baricco's La Jeune Épouse


Feature | Art.Zip

Read more: Memory Goes As Far As This Morning

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Talk | 10.02.2016| ArtReview Live

ArtReview Live Presents Gideon Rubin in conversation with Gabriel Coxhead

Exhibition | Memory Goes As Far As This Morning

Exhibition | Questions of Forgiveness


Image: White Glove, 2015, oil on linen, 56 x 51cm, Gideon Rubin

Galerie Karsten Greve Paris January 9- March 5, 2016

Cover Story | Questions of Forgiveness

Exhibition | Words Without Letters


Group show at Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv Curated by Guy Yanai September 3rd, 2015

Exhibition | Nourish




September 19, 2015 ■ November 29, 2015

nour·ish (transitive verb) 1. give food to somebody or something 2. support or foster something 3. help something develop

Napa Valley Museum, in collaboration with guest curator and artist, Nancy Willis, is thrilled to present NOURISH, a multi-faceted exhibition that examines the intersection of dining, hospitality and art from Napa Valley to the global community. This will be a unique chance to think about the way we relate to food and dining through the lens of art history and visual culture. Work from over 25 artists will be on display including Kathy Aoki, Gale Antokal, Nikki Ballere Callnan (NBC Pottery), Sue Bradford, Will Callnan III (NBC Pottery), Heather Capen, Zoe Crosher, Richard Diebenkorn, Kim Dingle, Caitlin Williams Freeman, Liz Hickok, Paul Kirchner, Catherine Maize, Robb McDonough, Debbie Miller, Deborah Oropallo, NBC Pottery, Lucy Puls, Gideon Rubin, Meg Smith, Mark Stock, Wayne Thiebaud, Chris Thorson, Michael Tompkins, Nancy Willis and Bijan Yashar, Katherine Zetna among others. In addition to traditional visual artworks, NOURISH will present monotypes created by Napa Valley chefs, and drawings by Alinea's renowned chef Grant Achatz.



"Memory goes as far as this morning"

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel  30.05.2015 – 22.08. 2015



Gideon Rubin | Blue House

Alon Segev Gallery is honored to open Gideon Rubin's solo exhibition | Blue House | Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The exhibition will showcase Rubin's oil paintings based on his magazine works done during Rubin's recent residency in Shenzhen, Chine. The Chinese picture magazines were published until the beginning of the Cultural Revolution (1966) when they were regarded as not 'Communist' enough. Rubin's magazine works will be exhibited at his solo show in The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in May- August, 2015. "Blue House" is a book title by Bei Dao, an anthology of short stories that chronicle the everyday life of a Chinese poet in exile.


Delivering Newspapers

22.01.2015 - 26.03.2015

Gideon Rubin's fourth exhibition at the gallery includes works on canvas alongside recent developments which continue his investigation into the photographic image by sourcing popular news and entertainment magazines which he then paints over. Throughout his practice Rubin is interested in the relationship between painting, photography and reproduction and the mediation of images through duplication. In the new work he also claims that photographs, like painting, are subject to manipulation.

The enhanced or obscured magazines, from which the paintings also derive, have been sourced during recent residencies in Israel and China. The publication of the artists first monograph in March this year, includes essays by Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, MOMA, writer, critic & curator Gabriel Coxhead and writer Martin Herbert. It coincides with his first solo museum show at the Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel.