RAQUEL RABINOVICH is a visual artist born in Buenos Aires, who has lived and worked in the United States since 1967. She studied art in Argentina, Paris, and Edinburgh. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant, two Artist Space Grants, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
Rabinovich has long explored in her art what she calls "the dark" - "that which is concealed beneath the surface of objects, words, thoughts, and the world." Her recent and current work includes two ongoing series: Emergences and River Library. Emergences are site-specific stone sculpture installations constructed on the shores of the Hudson River that become concealed and revealed with the rising and falling of the river tides. River Library is a series of drawings made with sediment from various rivers from around the world. Mud in these drawings embodies the history of the Earth and of humankind, functioning like a text that provides a trace, a memory of our existence.
The artist has been exhibiting in the Americas and Europe since 1953. Solo shows include those at the Fundación Alon in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Trans Hudson Gallery in New York, NY; Lehigh University Art Galleries in Bethlehem, PA; The Americas Society in New York, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts in NY; Galería Garcés Velásquez in Bogotá, Colombia; Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY; as well as venues in England, Denmark, and Scotland. Rabinovich represented the U.S.A in the 10th International Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador in 2009. Additionally her work has been featured in group exhibits at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC; Miami Art Museum in FL; The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin; Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena in Colombia; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil; Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in New York at El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Franklin Furnace, the Hudson River Museum, Parrish Art Museum, and The Brooklyn Museum.
Rabinovich’s artwork has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Cultura de la Argentina contemporánea, Arte Informa, Newsday, La Nación, and The Times (London), among others. Essays about her work include “In Praise of Darkness” by David Levi Strauss in From Head to Hand – Art and the Manual (2010) and “Raquel Rabinovich” in EnvironMentalities – Twenty-Two Approaches to Eco-Art (2007) by Linda Weintraub with Skip Schuckmann. Monographs include Raquel Rabinovich, Antología del lecho de los ríos / Anthology of the Riverbeds (2008) edited by Julia P. Herzberg and Raquel Rabinovich -The Dark Is the Source of Light (1996) by Linda Weintraub and George Quasha.