Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist who is known for her stone sculptures of realism, will be one of eight artists who will be comprising an exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in Manhattan from April 15-June 13, 2013. This exhibition is going to be made up of the work of eight artists who are all Wynn Newhouse Award-Winning artists, and all of whom have some sort of disability.
The Wynn Newhouse Awards are given to artists who have accomplished many amazing feats in their profession, despite the fact that they have been challenged by infirmities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 2012 award winners were selected in January, when a panel of judges selected the work of eight out of the participating 35 artists who were nominated.
Ms. Antar, whose contemporary sculptures really seemed to impress the judges, is well-versed in the art of sculpture. Whether she is crafting abstract sculptures or representational sculptures, Antar finds a way to excel when it comes to three-dimensional art. And, given her limited sight and ability to only see the world in two dimensions, her success is truly inspiring.
“I have retrolental fibroplasia in both my eyes,” says Antar. “As a result, not only am I blind in one eye, but my left eye is in jeopardy as well. If I lift heavy objects such as stone I use to sculpt, I risk losing sight in my “good” eye and detaching its retina due to strain and pressure.”
Morning After (pictured above), one of Antar’s modern sculptures of realism, is made of honeycomb calcite, green marble, and bronze, and it will be featured in the gallery exhibition. Alongside her stone sculpture, there will be a variety of different artistic media on display, which include oil on canvas, video, and hand-cut collage on found paper, among others.
The Palitz Gallery, a sattellite of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, is located at Lubin House, 11 East 61st street, New York, NY. Hours are Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm. Admission is free.