• Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
  • Robert Yarber
About the artist

1948 Dallas, Texas

1974 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, M.F.A.

1967-1971 Cooper Union College, New York, New York, B.F.A.

1994 Burchard, C.  Robert Yarber und die Krise des American Dream:  Die Bilder 1980-1988, München. (dissertation)


1994 The Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Professor

1983 University of California, Berkeley, California Visiting Lecturer

University of Texas, Austin, Texas Lecturer

1982 University of California, Berkeley, California Visiting Painting Instructor

University of Texas, Austin, Texas Visiting Lecturer


1985 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

1983 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

Robert Yarber

Request about this work
96,5 x 61 cm
Colored pencil, pastel, ink on paper
More Bath Salts Please
203 x 152 cm
Colored pencil, pastel, ink on paper
They're Using Indology
147 x 121 cm
Colored pencil, pastel, ink on paper
No! Not That!
152 x 122 cm
Colored pencil, pastel, ink on paper
The Collapse of the Now Could Not Have Come at a Better Time
35,5 x 29 cm
Colored pencil on paper
Hidden Hand
35,5 x 28 cm
Colored pencil on paper
Always Already
35,5 x 28 cm
Colored pencil on paper
Binocular Rivalry (In and Out)
35,5 x 28 cm
Colored pencil on paper



Suzaan Boettger, “Modern Romances”, San Jose’, San Jose’ Institute of Contemporary Art (Ill.  Double Suicide, 1982)

Michele Bell, “Sun and Surf”, San Francisco, One Market Plaza


Christina Orr Cahall, “Attention: California Artists”, Oakland, The Oakland Museum (Ill.  Bana, 1982)



Panic Pending.  Robert Yarber.  Alex Daniels, Reflex Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Lodola, Francesco.  Robert Yarber.  Marella Arte Contemporanea, Italy.1993

Crone, Rainer & David Moos.  The Florescent Conscious.  Galerie Pfefferle, Munich.


Leach, Mark, Richard & Jeanne Willette.  In The Looking Glass.  Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

Watts, Patricia.  Bedroom Eyes:  Room with a View.  California State at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Beatrice, Luca.  Robert Yarber. Galleria In Arco, Torino, Italy


Linhares, Philip, E.  de-persona.  The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Riley II, Charles, A.  Selection FAE, Lausanne


Weintraub, Linda.  Art What Thou Eat:  Images of Food in American Art, Published by Meyer Bell Limited, Mount Kisco, NY, (repro. p. 189, “Untitled (Diners with Thrown Forks)

Yau, John.  In the Realm of the Plausible. Shea & Becker Gallery, (repro. “Expenditure of Excess”)

Robert Yarber + McDermott & McGough, Improvvisazione Prima, Galleria d’Arte, Trento

Fitz Gibbon, John.  California A-Z And Return, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH




Heartney, Eleanor. “Robert Yarber at Sonnabend.” Art in America,  February, p. 111.


Arthur, Rose. “Robert Yarber.” Artbyte, August – September, p. 15.


Pagel, David. “Taking a Glimpse Into ‘The World of Tomorrow’.” The Los Angeles Times, Feb 24.

…”The Horror:  Robert Yarber (artist)…All Around Esthetes.” Artforum, Vol. XXXII, No. 8, pp. 11-12


Mulatero, Ivana.  “Robert Yarber,” Juliet Art Magazine, n. 61, Feb./Mar. pp. 34-35.

…”Art:  Heartbreak Hotels,” The New Yorker, Sept. 13, p. 16.

Newhall, Edith.  “Galleries,” New York Magazine, Sept. 13, pp. 58-63.

Cavanaugh, Tim.  “Night Shift,” Manhattan Spirit, Sept. 23, Vol. 9, No. 37, p. 21.

Napack, Jonathan.  “High (Nancy Kissinger) and Low (Mark Kostabi) Turn Out for Alex,” The New York Observer, Sept. 27, p. 22.

Aletti, Vince.  “Voice Choices.” The Village Voice, 12 October, p. 72

Haus, Mary.  “Robert Yarber:  Sonnabend, Julie Saul.” ArtNews, Nov., Vol. 92, No. 9

Burchard, Christian.  “Kunstlerportrats zu Open Art Robert Yarber.”, Kritic, 4/93, pp. 34-38


“Who was Grand Canyon Dream Weaver?” New York Magazine, Mar. 30, p. 10.

Tolkin, Michael. “Among the Dead,” Artforum, Sept. pp. 74-75.

Curtis, Cathy.  “Strange Bedfellows at Cal State Fullerton,” Los Angeles Times Calendar (Orange County), pp. F2 + F5.


Haus, Mary.  “Robert Yarber’s Unbearable Lightness of Being,” Artnews, Jan. pp. 134-139.

Raynor, Vivian.  “Seven Thought-Provoking Approaches to Surrealism Today,” The New York Times, Apr. 28, Sect. 2, p. 14.

Watkins, Eileen.  “Psychological roots, fears make up “Surrealism’ show,” The Sunday Star-Ledger, May 12.

Scasserra, Michael, P.  “Surrealism exhibit at NJCVA showcases contemporary artists,” The Independent Press, Wed. May 15, p. 17

Panicelli, Ida.  “A Rare Kind of Dread,” Artforum, Summer, pp.76-79

Thompson, Frank.  “Returning to art that tells a story,” Asheville Citizen-Times, Aug. 4, pp.1L + 8L

Hagen, Charles.  “Robert Yarber,” The New York Times, Oct. 4, p. C24

Liebmann, Lisa.  “Robert Yarber at Lieberman & Saul Gallery,” Artforum, Nov. p. 134

Welker, Janie.  “Robert Yarber Throws Light on tawdry material world,” The Express, Oct. 25, pp. D8+D9

Higgins, Tim.  “Art between dreams and nightmares,” a.m. Magazine, pp. D1+D5

“‘Shooting’ The Breeze: Two Painters Talk About Taking Pictures,” Cover, Nov. pp. 24-25

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, Nov. 7, p. 3-D

Dungan, Sebastian.  “Flying dreams,” Venice, Nov., pp.78+79


Schjeldahl, Peter.  “Painted Words,” 7 Days, Feb. 21, pp. 53-54

Cone, Michele.  “Robert Yarber,” Arts Magazine, May, p. 88

Swift, Harriet.  “At home in America’s urbanscapes,” The Tribune, May 8, pp. C1 + C4.

Bonetti, David. “Redefining the body out of control,” San Francisco Examiner, May, 18, p. C2.

Baker, Kenneth.  “A World Where All the Lights Are Neon,”  San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, pp. 14 + 15.

Nixon, Bruce. “Moments of Oblivion, Robert Yarber at Richmond Art Center,” Artweek,  June, 7.

Meisler, Andy.  “Random Room Service:  The Paintings of Robert Yarber,” California Magazine, Aug. 8, Vol. 15, pp. 60-65.

Johnson, Ken. “Robert Yarber at Sonnabend,” Art in America, September, pp. 192-193.


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Boston Fine Arts Museum

The Oakland Art Museum

The Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, Alabama

The Yokohama Museum of Art Yokohama, Japan

The Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany

The Acher M. Huntington Museum of Art, The Univ. of Texas at Austin

The Paine-Webber Collection, NY

The Equitable Life Inc., NY

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

Southwestern Bell, Dallas, TX

Frito-Lay, Dallas, TX

Fredric R. Wiseman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

The Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA