Bill Rabinovitch is a video artist, painter, and a member of the ATOA Board of Directors.
He has organized several
ATOA panels, and he generously donated the print pictured above to
the last ATOA Auction.
His ATOA panels include a one-on-one dialogue with New Yorker Magazine art critic
and another with Artnet's
He organized a panel
titled, Pollock Passion, which included
Arthur Danto, art critic for The Nation, Helen Harrison director of the Pollock Krasner House & Study Center
and Deborah Solomon, the New York Times reporter.
1st Moon Voyage
oil on acrylic on canvas, 72 x 108 inches
Bill Rabinovitch © 1969
Bill Rabinovitch began his studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
becoming an engineer, and then a USAF jet pilot, and later a scientist working for Nobel
Prize winner in astrophysics Ricardo Giaconni who discovered Quasars.
acrylic & glitter on canvas, 40 x 60 inches
Bill Rabinovitch © 1986
Bill finally threw
all this to the winds, traded in his Porsche for a VW camper, and moved to San Francisco into the
Haight Ashbury area to become a full time painter, a year before anything was there and it all
exploded into the Hippie movement.
He realized his true calling was in the arts, and after a stint at the SF Art Institute,
attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in studio arts in painting.
Rabinovitch has an exhibition record of hundreds of art shows and dozens of positive write
ups about his video art and paintings. He has several pages of links on
His paintings can be seen at
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Bill Rabinovitch © 1981
The Red Horse
acrylic on canvas
96 x 84 inches
Bill Rabinovitch © 1977
Rabinovitch was able to combine his knowledge and skills in
art and engineering in the developing medium of video art. He was a collaborator with
Nam June Paik. As a videographer, Rabinovitch has developed the largest video archive
of unique NYC art world material in existence. The archive includes over two thousand
hours of coverage of both high end gallery and museum openings as
well as the alternative NYC art scene he's continuously documented over
the past twenty years. For over a decade he exhibited this footage on his award winning
cable TV series, ArtSeen.
The Museum of Modern Art awarded Rabinovitch a solo evening of selected
segments from his archive which was shown on the big screen in the MoMA
Cineprobe series in the Titus Theater in the spring of 2001.
He's produced a series of prize winning fictionalized multimedia plays for television
about artists such as Picasso, Max Beckmann, Frida Kahlo, Egon Schiele and Julian Schnabel.
Several have won first awards including his "Picasso and the Weeping Women" done in
conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Picasso and the Weeping Women|
director's cut, edition of 9 DVDs
Bill Rabinovitch © 2006
Rabinovitch spent years recreating the Jackson Pollock legend in his DV feature
Pollock Squared. He enlisted a wide cast of art world denizens who resemble the
characters they play in this upbeat romantic epic covering a hundred years in the history
of modern art. In this version Pollock doesn’t die in the car crash. Rabinovitch uses
improvizational techniques to reveal the impact of Pollock on contemporary
artists. His feature includes appearances by artists such Dennis Oppenheim, Damien Hirst,
Vito Acconci, Collette, Barnaby Ruhe,
and more than a dozen contemporary art historians, critics,
dealers, and art world figures such as Arthur Danto, Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Klein, and Willoughby Sharp.
Highlights from the feature were shown during the ATOA panel titled,
View Pollock Squared Trailer
(4.4 Meg QuickTime file)
Rabinovitch is quoted extensively throughout an ambitious Jackson Pollock 2006 coffee table
book, "Veiling the Image," by Don Wigal (Parkstone Press) favorably comparing Bill's own Indie
feature about Jackson Pollock, as well as Bill's directorial and creative efforts,
with Ed Harris's version, Pollock. The website for Bill's Pollock film is: