The Midnight Sun
Max Gimblett's ninth solo exhibition, The Midnight Sun, at Haines Gallery includes recent paintings
of the visual and intellectual cross-cultural complexity that has been the hallmark of his work
for decades. In the new double squares and quatrefoils, Gimblett uses patinas of epoxy and
polyurethane, layers of gesso, acrylic and vinyl polymers, and surfaces of black and white and
iridescent silver and gold, united by bold strokes of calligraphy. Born in Auckland, New Zealand,
in 1935, Gimblett has lived and worked in New York since 1972, where he continues to pursue his
unique synthesis of influences from Zen master and painter Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Chinese
painter Shih T'ao (1641-1670), Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), and Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).
Gimblett's own Zen practice includes koan study and ink brush calligraphy.
Max Gimblett's work is included in The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-
1989, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, January 30-April 19, 2009, which was conceived
and organized by Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art. In this show his work will
be in the company of John Cage, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Brice Marden, Yoko Ono, Ad
Reinhardt, David Smith, Mark Tobey, and Bill Viola, among others. The exhibition will travel to the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, September 26, 2009-January 3, 2010. An
illustrated catalogue of nearly 500 pages will accompany the exhibition.
The artist has had over 100 solo exhibitions. He has collaborated on artist's books with poets
Lewis Hyde, John Yau, Robert Creeley, and Alan Loney. A major monograph, Max Gimblett, was
released in 2003, and a catalogue, The Brush of All Things, was published in 2004.
Gimblett's works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; The Getty Research Institute
for the History of Art & the Humanities, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and Auckland Art
Gallery Toi O T̄āmaki.