Danae (Homage to Titian) | Palladium and gold leaf and acrylic on linen | 80" x 65" | 2012
©Knox Martin/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2013
September 13- October 26, 2013
Lecture and Reception, Saturday, October 5, 2013
First Friday, September 13, 6 - 8:30 pm
LGTripp Gallery is pleased to announce SHE, a solo exhibition of recent works by internationally acclaimed artist Knox Martin. The exhibition will include paintings from Martin’s celebrated SHE series, as well as the unveiling of a new painting, Genesis. This is to be the first showing of Martin’s paintings since joining the Gallery earlier this year.
A leading member of the New York School, Knox Martin is a contemporary of artists Alfred Leslie, Alex Katz, Al Held, and was a mentor to Robert Rauschenberg. Although connected to the avant-garde of this pivotal time in American Art, Martin continues to transcend labels and develop his artwork in distinct and masterful ways. Arthur C. Danto writes, “the images have gotten richer and the philosophy of painting deeper, and the experience of constituting the works through close visual reading is as rewarding as contemporary art provides.”
SHE includes seven paintings revolving around Martin’s long-held interest in the female form. With his use of metaphor, Martin’s paintings point to something more mysterious and transcendent. Sinuous contours and vibrant shapes move across the flat picture plane hinting to the feminine. In Martin’s SHE paintings there is no ground as the “she” is all encompassing, the very composition of each painting. In his essay for SHE William Fried writes, “Parts of her body move to intercept our gaze when we try to look beyond her. We cannot look beyond her just as the artist cannot free himself of her power in his mind.” The female form is therefore simultaneously treated as Martin’s subject and object. For Martin, as with many artists before him, his “she” is an archetype, a muse to be explored and celebrated.
Knox Martin is a renowned New York painter, sculptor, muralist, poet, and a scholar of art history who has exhibited worldwide. Using a variety of media, Martin is known for his use of vibrant colors, sensuous gestures, rhyming of metaphor and the flat picture plane. Two of his most famous works are the monolithic 12-story wall-painting titled Venus and the 6-story wall painting Woman with Bicycle, both in New York City. Knox Martin's artwork is included in collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the National Academy of Design among others. Dedicated to his art practice as well as teaching, Knox has held faculty positions at Yale Graduate School of the Arts, New York University, the University of Minnesota, and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Martin continues to teach Master Classes at the Art Students League of New York. Throughout his career, Martin has been the subject of numerous articles, books, essays and writings.
For more information contact Luella Tripp at 215-923-3110 (w), 215-681-7595 (c) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery hours: Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday 12- 5pm, Thursday – Saturday 11-6pm
47 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
"Knox, you are the only one around with aesthetics!"
- Alex Katz
"You are my mentor. For years, I always asked, what would Knox think of my painting?"
- Bob Rauschenberg
"I was present when Knox Martin changed the life of a major artist by diagramming the basic structure of a Frans Hals. That artist was Al Held."
- Ron Gorchov
"Knox, you are the spirit of art!"
- Peter Golfinopoulos
"Knox, your work has a snooty look about it, I haven't seen outside of Matisse."
- Willem de Kooning
"There are many sexually overt works in this exhibit but the painting with no recognizable image, (Caraja) by Knox Martin; its head and shoulders more sexy than anything there!"
- Elaine de Kooning (Excerpt from a writing on a Whitney Museum exhibition)
"Anyone interested in drawing should see this exhibition of drawings by Knox Martin; he is his own man!"
- Hilton Kramer (Excerpt from the New York Times)
"This is the greatest drawing I have ever seen!"
- Stanley Boxer (Signaling out a drawing by Knox Martin, opening night at an Ingber Galley exhibition)
"Charlie Egan has taken you on. You have no idea how jealous everyone is that you have been taken on by Charlie."
- Aristedemos Kaldis (Knox Martin opening, 10th Anniversary Exhibition Charles Egan Gallery 1954 - advertised in the New York Times)
After Knox had given a talk on children's art (Olivia's paintings and drawings) age 6, on paper and blackboard, to Cy Twombly, Bob and Susan Rauchenberg -- Cy jumped up and said, "That's what I am going to do for the rest of my life!" He did.
- Cy Twombly
"Knox, your paintings are first rate!"
- Alfred Leslie (Reported by Charlie Egan)
"Knox Martin was the first artist whose work I thought about critically and analytically."
- Arthur C. Danto
William Fried, PhD, SHE: An Exhibit by Knox Martin, exh. cat. (New York: The SAGG, 2012)
Robert Shuster, Best in Show: Knox Martin at Woodward Gallery, The Village Voice (October 20, 2010)
Valerie Gladstone, Knox Martin: Black and White Paintings, City Arts (September 28, 2010)
Edward Leffingwell, "Knox Martin at Janos Gat", Art in America (October 2003)
Arthur C. Danto, "Adventures in Pictorial Reason" (1998)
Jonathan Goodman, "Knox Martin at Janos Gat", Art in America (December 1997)
Grace Glueck, "Knox Martin: Early Work", The New York Times (May 23, 1997)
Vivien Raynor, "Abstract Works to Catch the Adult Eye", The New York Times (September 29, 1996)
Vivien Raynor, "Knox Martin: Angry But More Human", The New York Times (June 30, 1981)
Randy Fordyce, "Knox Martin in the Spotlight", Not Just Jazz: The Uncommon Denominator
George Parrino, "Knox Martin - The Daedalean Works", Arts 46 (March 1972)
Stuart Preston, "Knox Martin Impresses in First One-Man Show", The New York Times (September 6, 1954)
The work showing at Woodward Gallery, “Knox Martin- Woman: Black & White Paintings”-----
The Black and White paintings of Knox Martin give to and take from the drawing that he does all the time, as well as the interchange between large paintings, portraits and sculpture. Martin quotes Matisse: “Painting is an expanded drawing.” New doors are opened from one work to another. In this exchange, there is the continuous exploration of the Masters.
Basic to Martin's work is the perception that high art is the creation of reality. The subject matter of such art is creation and the elements that are involved are its concern. Creation feeds on the manipulation of what itself is. This is what fires his work.
These paintings contain and compress the essence of the radical; the work at work - creating senses not yet known! A work you must be tutored by! A hilarity producing consternation! A space is altered in surprise, but in a seamless way. There is no foreground or background (in the Hermetic Cubism there is always an element of foreground, middle or background), in Martin's work references to codified space are eliminated. No push or pull, in or out, up or down. This is crucial to an eventual seeing of the work and essential to its basic poetics.
Most of these paintings are of women: with flowers, sharing a bouquet with you - looking at you!
The variety within a theme is extraordinary: brush strokes echo Goya, Picasso and DeKooning.
The smaller paintings bear a startling load. They have been worked on for 22 years and they have always been complete. Like a fragment of' a holograph that is clone to its prototype, these paintings individually manifest a master poetics encoding a perpetual freshness that, in the end, is the anatomy of esthetics: in each the lines wave through the flames that have burnt away all of the nonessentials, exposing the dues one must pay to wield the fire.
A basic intuition, displaying the shadows of creation at their most elemental!