The Art


Max Gim­blett El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, 2011 Gesso, acrylic and vinyl poly­mers, epoxy, aqua size, alu­minium leaf on can­vas 70” x 70” x 2d

b. 1935, New Zealand Lives in New York, USA

Born in New Zealand, Gim­blett has been pri­mar­ily based in New York since 1972, and con­tin­ues to ex­hibit reg­u­larly in both lo­ca­tions. This mix of cul­tures and aes­thet­ics is ev­i­dent in Gim­blett’s work, which con­sists largely of ob­ject based paint­ings. His shaped can­vases con­vey var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions and mean­ings con­nected to the oval, rec­tan­gle, tondo, keystone, and the qu­a­tre­foil, for which Gim­blett is most recog­nised. The use of the qu­a­tre­foil refers to a mul­ti­plic­ity of mean­ings as it dates back to pre-chris­tian times and is found in both Western and East­ern re­li­gions sym­bol­is­ing such ob­jects as a rose, win­dow, cross and lotus. Along with his in­clu­sion in the ex­hi­bi­tion The Third Mind: Amer­i­can Artists Con­tem­plate Asia, 1860-1989 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York (2009), his solo ex­hi­bi­tion in the se­ries The Word of God at the Warhol Mu­seum in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia (2011) il­lus­trates Gim­blett’s in­creas­ing in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance. In New Zealand Gim­blett has a prom­i­nent pro­file. The Auck­land Art Gallery hosted a sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion of his works in 2002 and his works are held in the col­lec­tions of all ma­jor pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions. He be­came an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for his ser­vices to Art in 2015. Gim­blett is the sub­ject of sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing the mono­graph Max Gim­blett (Craig Pot­ton and Gow Langs­ford Gallery, 2002), Max Gim­blett: The Brush of All Things (Auck­land Art Gallery, 2004), Workspace (Charta, 2010) and Max Gim­blett (Charta, 2013). Gow Langs­ford Gallery has rep­re­sented Max Gim­blett since 1988.

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