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Robert Sagerman

Abstract Art

March 15, 2021

Merging painting, sculpture, and Jewish mysticism, Robert Sagerman is an American artist known for his intensely colored textural paintings. He mixes his own pigments, carefully selecting the palettes and working on several canvases at a time. Deliberate and methodical, his process consist of applying thick strokes of oil or silicone onto the surface in pointillist fashion, a single color at a time. Sagerman keeps track of every paint application and every color utilized, documenting each number as he build up his abstract compositions. The works, depending on the scale, can have anywhere from 50 up to 250 different colors. Typically 3-inches thick, the canvases become quasi sculptural in their own right and require a wood panel backing to support the weight of the material. Sagerman has an extensive artistic education from Pratt Institute and New York University, where he also earned his Ph.D. from the Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.