Warren Rohrer: The Expanding Square, 2008
42 pages, Softcover
Published by Locks Art Publications
The two-panel format in Warren Rohrer's work first appeared in 1977 and became a definitive component of his art. In his last body of work, Rohrer (1927-1995) chose to paint a series of diptychs - pairs of 14, 16 or 36-inch canvases, either joined or discreetly spaced. The artist's laser-like focus on diptychs reveals Rohrer's summation of the painting process and the core ideas at the center of his art. The Locks Gallery exhibition and catalog includes a dozen paintings that date from 1990 to 1994 - the majority had never been exhibited before. The expansive impact of two equally-proportioned canvases allowed the artist to continue brushwork that reads across both - always in a left to right movement. At times with smaller diptychs, the two joined canvases suggest an open book. Rohrer deliberately played with scale throughout his career and his diptychs invite the viewer to look more closely at the paint application and scrutinize the surface - the actual size of the painting loses its primacy. Warren Rohrer taught for 25 years at the Philadelphia College of Art. The subject of a retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2003, Warren Rohrer\'s work is in many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, Smith College Museum of Art and the Delaware Art Museum. Locks Gallery has represented the artist since 1974.