Matthew Marks is pleased to announce the first exhibition at his new gallery. The exhibition Artist's Sketchbooks, brings together twenty-four sketchbooks by artists starting with the Abstract Expressionists to some of the younger artists working today. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Guy Davenport, the MacArthur fellow and distinguished essayist and critic. This exhibition will be an opportunity for the public to see a rarely exhibited yet extremely important aspect of many artists' work.
The artists included in the exhibition are:
Carl Andre, Frank Auerbach, Louise Bourgeois, Richmond Burton, Francesco Clemente, John Chamberlain, Lucian Freud, Philip Guston, Gary Hume, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, David Smith, Myron Stout, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Terry Winters.
Highlights of the exhibition include; the first sketchbook by Jasper Johns to be displayed publicly; a beautiful Brice Marden sketchbook made in Thailand; Andy Warhol's Lips book from the mid-1970s; Ad Reinhardt's sketchbook from a 1958 trip to France and Italy which includes drawings and also detailed notes on European museums; Richard Serra's sketchbook of the Egyptian pyramids; a Philip Guston sketchbook in which he is beginning to work out ideas for his first abstract paintings; a David Smith sketchbook from 1952 with preliminary drawings for the Cubi sculptures; and an Ellsworth Kelly sketchbook made in France in 1951-52.
The definition of a sketchbook is unique to each artist and their formats cover a wide range. In addition to traditional bound books with preparatory drawings for larger works, several of the sketchbooks contain purely technical notes, clippings, collage and writings. Lawrence Weiner's contribution is his Filofax which he considers his sketchbook; Gerhard Richter loaned a three-ring binder with installation diagrams, designs for frames and color notes, which document one year of work; John Chamberlain's contribution includes crushed cigarette packs which are sketches for his sculptures; Robert Ryman loaned a film labeled "Old Fasteners" which contains drawings for the hardware on his paintings. Gary Hume, a young British artist, has included a sketchbook with preliminary drawings and color chips for his "Door" paintings.
All the sketchbooks are on loan from the artists themselves or their estates and, with the exception of the Kelly, none of the works has ever been exhibited before.
For further information or photographs please contact Matthew Marks.