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John Newman

New Work

March 15 – April 21, 2012

Ask the fact for the form (indigo and of Itself)
Red and wooden span
Collections and corrections with vermillion
Fitting disks in powder blue
“We’d rather have the iceberg than the ship, although it meant the end of travel”
Ask the fact for the form (throughline)
Ask the fact for the form (throughline)
Primaries’ retort 2012
Green and white and hanging on
Yellow lightly over morning stars
Counting backwards from clear to blue

Press Release

“Newman’s eclectic heterogeneity appears to embody complete acceptance—of stylistic impurity as well as the artist’s own impurity as well as the artist’s own irrational impulses.”

-Carroll Dunham, from the exhibition catalogue essay, 2012

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new works by the much admired sculptor John Newman. This marks his first solo exhibition with the gallery.

The exhibition will comprise ten works that were completed over the last two years. They are all tabletop scaled and represent a wide range of imagery achieved by manipulating and repurposing in some cases an even wider range of material including blown glass, mutex (a composite of cardboard and leather once used in the brims of hats), tulle, wood putty, stones, steel wire, epoxy paint, among many others. The artist works the various material in order to arrive at objects that are inventive, often precariously balanced, brightly colored and both formally sophisticated, in the Modernist tradition, as well as humorous and playful all at once.

John Newman’s work has been the subject of over twenty-five solo exhibitions throughout the United States. His work has been included in major museum exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, LA County Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, to name just a few. He received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Yale University of Art. His work is included currently in the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.