For almost three decades, painter Alexis Rockman has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature. The artist's epic paintings of apocalyptic scenarios, once described as "toxic sublime," demonstrate his signature subject matter as well as his meticulous technique depicting scientific detail, skillful use of intense color, and monumental scale. A recent exhibition's title "Rubicon," an expression originating with Julius Caesar's passing of the Rubicon River in 49 BC and thereafter becoming synonymous with "the point of no return," alludes to the artist's belief that our natural world has suffered irrevocable damage, beyond repair. This exhibition was held at Sperone Westwater gallery in New York City during the fall of 2013. [11 photos total]

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Alexis Rockman, "Hoarfrost, 2014" oil and alkyd on wood. 44 x 56 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Gowanus," 2013, oil on wood. 72 x 90 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Ark," 2014, oil and alkyd on wood. 44 x 56 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Bronx Zoo," (detail) 2012-2013 oil on wood; triptych 84 x 56 x 2 inches for each panel, 84 x 168 x 2 inches overall. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Bronx Zoo," (detail) 2012-2013 oil on wood; triptych 84 x 56 x 2 inches for each panel, 84 x 168 x 2 inches overall. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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Installation view of Alexis Rockman's exhibition, "Rubicon" at Sperone Westwater gallery in New York City in the fall of 2013 (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Chimera," 2012, oil on wood. 30 inches (76,2 cm) diameter. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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"Flotsam," 2013, oil and alkyd on wood. 30 inches diameter. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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Untitled (Jellyfish), 2013 watercolor, ink and gouache on paper 75 7/8 x 55 3/8 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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Untitled (Cherry Blossoms), 2013 watercolor, ink and gouache on paper 72 x 52 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #
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Untitled (Drainage), 2013, watercolor and gouache on paper. 75 7/8 x 55 1/8 inches. (Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York) #

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