Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey, d. 2019) is recognized for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings and drawings that push the limits of visual language. An awareness of perception and the desire to explore the possibilities of seeing, is at once grounded in reality for the artist and released from specific legibility. His concurrent practices of painting and drawing reflect on specific places and experiences—from the deeply symbolic to the notational—translating sensations and memories into abstract compositions.
Nozkowski began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows.
New York—Pace is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Thomas Nozkowski. On view from March 27 to April 25, 2015, at 510 West 25th Street, the exhibition will include oil paintings and mixed media drawings. An opening reception for the artist will be held Saturday, March 28, 6–8 p.m., and a catalogue featuring a new essay by artist and critic Sherman Sam will accompany the exhibition.
On April 10, the gallery will host a discussion between Nozkowski, Robert Storr, dean of Yale University’s School of Art, and James Siena, whose exhibition of sculptures will be on view concurrently at 508 West 25th Street.
Since the 1970s Nozkowski has produced abstract paintings and drawings inspired by events and places he has experienced firsthand. His paintings are the result of an extensive series of decisions in which he experiments with a form, color, or gesture, and then reworks it repeatedly over subsequent days, weeks or even years. His compositions reveal vivid organic shapes, gradations of color, exchanges between translucency and opaqueness, and explorations of the figure/ground relationship.
Nozkowski produces many of his oil on linen on panel and oil on paper works simultaneously. These two bodies of work provide insight into the artist’s process as he charts various possibilities for forms, colors, or patterns that might initiate in a linen on panel work and be reinterpreted or digress into something else on paper.
The exhibition will also feature a selection of drawings he made in 2014 responding to walks he took on the Shawangunk Ridge near Napanoch, NY. Initially produced as a portfolio for Esopus magazine, these drawings—whose media span ink, crayon, graphite, gouache, and collage—will be on view for the first time at Pace. These works will be installed in small groupings with the oils, underlining themes and ideas shared between the paintings and drawings.
Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, NJ) received his BFA from the Cooper Union, New York, in 1967. After participating in several group exhibitions during the 1970s, he had his debut solo exhibition in 1979. His work has since been included in over 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide including a 2009 retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. He became an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. In 1999, he received the Academy’s Award in Painting and in 2006 received its Award of Merit Medal for Painting. Nozkowski is also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.
Nozkowski’s work will be featured in the upcoming, two-venue group exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home at the historic home of Thomas Cole in Catskill, NY, and the Olana State Historic Site in Greenport, NY. The exhibition will be on view from May 3 to November 1, 2015, and will be accompanied with an exhibition catalogue.
His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Dallas Museum of Art; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; The Phillips Collection, Washington; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
He lives and works in High Falls, NY. This is the artist’s fourth exhibition at Pace since he joined the gallery in 2007.
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2015. Pace Gallery. Paperback
76 pages: 61 color illustrations; 11 3/16 x 9 3/16 inches