John Newman

New Work

March 15 – April 21, 2012

Ask the fact for the form (indigo and of Itself)
2011
extruded aluminum, wood, steel wire, Japanese paper, papier-mâché, wood putty, acqua resin, acrylic paint
16 ½ x 24 x 15 inches
SOLD

Red and wooden span
2012
extruded aluminum, laminated wood, mutex, Japanese paper, papier-mâché, wood putty, acqua resin, acrylic and enamel paints
8 ½ x 7 ½ x 20 inches

Collections and corrections with vermillion
2011
cast bronze, stones, wood, Japanese paper, wood putty, papier-mâché, acqua resin, acrylic and enamel paints
13 ½ x 27 ½ x 12 ½ inches

Fitting disks in powder blue
2010
extruded aluminum, pumice stone, wood, handmade Laotian paper, starch
10 ½ x 12 x 6 inches

“We’d rather have the iceberg than the ship, although it meant the end of travel”
2011
alabaster, rough-cut and polished marble, bronze, brass wire, mutex, Japanese paper, papier-mâché, wood, wood putty, acqua resin
20 x 18 x 20 inches
SOLD

Ask the fact for the form (throughline)
2011
extruded aluminum, two-way mirrored glass, wood, steel wire, Japanese paper, papier-mâché, wood putty, acqua resin, epoxy paste, pearlescent paint
20 x 18 x 20 inches
view 1

Ask the fact for the form (throughline)
2011
extruded aluminum, two-way mirrored glass, wood, steel wire, Japanese paper, papier-mâché, wood putty, acqua resin, epoxy paste, pearlescent paint
20 x 18 x 20 inches
view 2

Primaries’ retort
2012
blown glass, tulle, mutex, cast acrylic, enamel paint
10 ½ x 10 x 8 ½ inches

Green and white and hanging on
2012
hot sculpted glass, tulle, patinated and flocked cast bronze from eucalyptus bark, forged iron
28 x 10 x 5 inches
SOLD

Yellow lightly over morning stars
2011
bronze, brass wire, organza, wood, wood putty, rope, mutex
18 x 22 x 16 inches
SOLD

Counting backwards from clear to blue
2010
lead crystal ball, braided galvanized steel wire, museum board, wood, Japanese paper, wood putty, papier-mâché, acqua resin, acrylic paint
33 x 18 x 8 inches

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.