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Ross Rosenberg Art Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-91

Scope and Contents

A description of pieces by New York Artist Ross Rosenberg held by the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections: Ross Rosenberg I am drawn to commonplace subjects such as chairs and houses because they are comfortingly familiar but at the same time they allow me to express feelings of mystery and foreboding. It is the ambiguity that involves me. Most of the images are based on early childhood memories. The rounded chair, for example, comes from a memory of being in a dark living room at night. There is a dim light coming from down a long hall. I hear someone in the hall and I climb up onto the chair and hide between the arms on the seat. The upright chair image is connected to the memory of watching my father making a chair for me when I was four years old. When I sat in it, my back rested against its back, my seat on its seat, my legs by its legs. Now I am both the chair and the one who makes the chair. So although I do not work from a conscious program or a theoretical base, there are clear emotional lines running through all of my work. PAINTINGS The paintings of this rounded chair are seen from a child's eye level and they put an adult in the same size relationship to the chair in the painting that a two-year-old has to a real one. As this series developed, I began to focus more and more on discovering different ways to create texture. So some of them are as much about how they were made as why they were made. DRAWINGS The drawings of this rounded chair are, like the paintings, done from a child's eye level. Most of the drawings are as large as the paintings and they put an adult in the same relationship to the chair that a two-year-old has to a real one. SCULPTURE When small children sit in an overstuffed chair, the experience is like that of being held by an adult. The seat is like a lap, the child leans back against the chair and is held by the chair's arms. The chair sculptures were created with the intention of emphasizing this relationship between the chair and the human body. The two house reliefs are from early memories of houses on the steep hill on which we lived. They, and the chair relief, use the wall behind them as the ground rather than having a traditional shelf-like base.]                                                                                 -- Ross Rosenberg


  • Acquired: 2008-09-03

Conditions Governing Access

no restrictions. VSU has copyright and may hang or sell artwork.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ross Rosenberg was born in Syracuse, New York in 1941. he grew up in Rochester, NY, and attended the University of Michigan,graduating with a degree in English Literature and Art History. From that time until now, he has lived and worked in New York City. He studied drawing at the University of Michigan, drawing, painting, and sculpture at Parsons, drawing and printmakingatthe School of Visual Arts, and papermaking at DieuDonne. His work is in corporate and public collections, including the New York Public Library, and here, at Valdosta State University. His work was first displayed at Valdosta State University in a VSU Art Gallery Show “Works on Paper” and several of his smaller works were purchased at that time. Mr. Rosenberg has exhibited around the country and his large drawings series, of which this is a selection, were exhibited previously at MIT in Cambridge, MA, and at various exhibits in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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Arrangement Note

MS91-1.1  Large Rosenberg Paintings MS91-1.2  Small Rosenberg Paintings MS91-2.1  Large Rosenberg Drawings MS91-2.2  Small Rosenberg Drawings MS91-3     Rosenberg Sculptures MS91-4     Rosenberg Prints MS91-5     Miscellaneous Rosenberg Material

Source of Acquisition

Ross Rosenberg

Method of Acquisition

signed gift agreement between Ross Rosenberg and VSU University Foundation. Signatures for Rosenberg, A. Blake Pearce, John Crawford, and Deborah Davis. Full copyrights are given to VSU. They may be used or sold.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-28: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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