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The Ferryman

William Monk

Apr 29 – Jun 11, 2022
New York

Exhibition Details:

The Ferryman
William Monk
Apr 29 – Jun 11, 2022


Pace Gallery
510 West 25th Street
New York

68 Park Place
East Hampton

54 White Street
New York


Press Release


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Above: William Monk, Untitled (study for the ferryman I), 2019 – 2021 © William Monk

Pace and GRIMM are pleased to present a three-venue exhibition of William Monk’s new paintings and works on paper across both of their spaces in New York and Pace’s East Hampton gallery.

The exhibition at Pace’s 510 West 25th Street space and GRIMM’s 54 White Street gallery will run from April 29 to June 11, concurrent with Frieze New York. The East Hampton show will be on view from May 27 to June 5. This expansive presentation will mark Monk’s second exhibition in New York.

Monk is known for his atmospheric, vibrant paintings that feature mysterious and otherworldly forms. His semiabstract paintings are deeply engaged with the rich tradition and history of the medium. The artist frequently creates works as part of a series, drawing on multifarious sources of inspiration connected to his own experience.

Like his other bodies of work, Monk’s new paintings evade easy categorization and interpretation. As the artist has said, “Only after the work is complete do I become aware of specific past experiences that helped to inform it—perhaps in the same way that a dream picks up on certain conscious moments and twists them.” On the occasion of the exhibition, Pace Publishing and GRIMM will jointly produce a book featuring an essay by art historian and critic Suzanne Hudson and an interview with the artist conducted by poet John Yau.

Exhibition Film

Explore The Ferryman

Presented at our gallery in New York, The Ferryman includes new paintings and works on paper by William Monk. Engaged with notions of the afterlife, the large-scale paintings focus on the journey from this life into the next.⁠


Featured Works

William Monk, Nova (deadeye I), 2021-2022, oil on canvas, 86-5/8" (220 cm) diameter
William Monk, Son (return III), 2021-2022, oil on canvas, 86-5/8" (220 cm) diameter
William Monk, The Ferryman III, 2021-2022, oil on canvas, 220 cm × 330 cm (86-5/8" × 10' 9-15/16")
William Monk, East of Nowhere, 2021-2022, oil on canvas, 210 cm × 315 cm (82-11/16" × 10' 4")

Installation Views


About the Artist

William Monk’s scenographic works tap into the rich tradition of painting. Monk paints enigmatic and vibrant canvases using starkly divisional compositions. The artist often works in extensive series that gradually evolve over time. His paintings carry irregular intensities of detail, line, foreground, and background.

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