Robert Thiele: 8-Four-9

October 8, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Reception: October 8, 2010

Kohen situates Thiele in the broader development of the visual art scene in Miami from the late 1940s to the 1970s.

Selected Works

Robert Thiele: 8-Four-9

Dorsch Gallery presents an intimate exhibition of Robert Thiele’s new works, all made within the last year. The exhibition, called 8-Four-9, will coincide with the launch of an exhibition catalog of the artist’s 30-year survey, which filled the entire gallery last year. Published by Dorsch Gallery Press, the catalog includes documentation of the works in the survey show, installation images, and essays by Peter Boswell, curator at Miami Art Museum, and Helen Kohen, former art critic for the Miami Herald and current art historian in charge of the Vasari Project, an archive of Miami’s art history.

The essays in the catalog consider Thiele’s importance to a community’s art history and also offer a serious address to his work. Boswell provides an art historian’s detailed analysis of the work. He compares the works to Clyfford Still, Christian Boltanski, and Susan Rothenberg. He summarizes and cites previous descriptions of Thiele’s work, noting the prevalence of descriptors like “totemic” and “monolithic.” Boswell notes, agreeing with his predecessors, that his work is keenly felt and experienced but is appealingly hard to articulate.

Kohen situates Thiele in the broader development of the visual art scene in Miami from the late 1940s to the 1970s. Thiele came to Miami in the 1960s, after earning a Bachelors and Masters in Art from Kent State University in Ohio, playing professional football, and being drafted into the armed services during the Vietnam War. He came to Miami at the request of Patrick DeLong to teach art at Miami Dade College. Over the next thirty years, he took part in Miami’s art scene as a practicing artist. As an educator, he shaped the perspectives of countless art students. Thiele was instrumental in forming the beginnings of the College’s art collection, acquiring works by the likes of Joseph Beuys before most had caught on to that artist’s importance. The acquisition was fortuitous for the college, certainly; it also shows the nature of the ideas he brought to Miami at that time, and continues to bring to this day.

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