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 Thomas Nozkowski: Works on Paper, an exhibition of more than one hundred works by the artist. The exhibition will be on view at 32 East 57th Street from February 25 to March 26, 2016. An opening reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, February 24, 6–8 p.m., and a catalogue will be published following the conclusion of the exhibition.
A complement to his paintings, Nozkowski’s oils on paper and drawings form a critical part of his practice. The exhibition will highlight the depth of Nozkowski’s practice, tracing affinities in forms and colors across more than fifteen years of work while also highlighting his ability to shift between various media, ranging from ballpoint pen and pencil to gouache and oils.
Nozkowski’s work rests in his process-oriented approach to painting and drawing. Reflecting on specific places and experiences in his work, Nozkowski translates sensations and memories into abstract forms and gestures that he spends weeks, months or, in some cases, years working on. Through this process, Nozkowski often returns to certain ideas across several discrete works, exploring the full range of possibilities for a given form, color or gesture. Arranged to highlight affinities between bodies of work, the installation will chart the recurrence of motifs across different suites of work. These groupings of work reveal an artist whose keen sensitivity to colors and forms enables unlikely pairings and a unique ability to reinvent, refine and reimagine ideas across years of work.
Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey) received his BFA in 1967 from Cooper Union, New York. 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. His work will be on view in the group exhibition Method Order Metric at the National Academy Museum and School, New York, until May 8. Nozkowski 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. He is also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.
Nozkowski’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Nozkowski lives and works in High Falls, New York. This is the artist’s fifth exhibition at Pace since he joined the gallery in 2007.
2016. Pace Gallery. Paperback
55 pages: 83 color illustrations; 11 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches