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This fall, the Wexner Center will devote its galleries to the first large-scale museum exhibition of vanguard abstract painter Jacqueline Humphries.
A maverick figure in New York’s downtown scene, Humphries has reworked and revitalized the language of abstract painting over a career that has covered four decades and multiple transformations in style. The Wex’s presentation will focus on the past seven years, highlighting the importance of digital communications and online culture to Humphries’s evolving practice. Guest curated by Mark Godfrey, the exhibition features dozens of paintings, including a new multipanel installation—her largest to date—created in response to the center’s iconic postmodernist architecture.
Incorporating the QWERTY keyboard as a means of generating abstract form, some paintings feature emoticons, emoji, kaomoji, and CAPTCHA. Humphries produces others by scanning her earlier works, translating them into ASCII character code, and using stencils created from the results as the basis for new paintings.
The exhibition will also feature Humphries’s recent work exploring the visual language of corporate logos; her black light paintings, made with fluorescent paints to be presented in a darkened space; and a selection of protest sign paintings. These invoke art’s long history as a medium of dissent as well as the uprisings that have increasingly shaped modern politics. For this presentation, Humphries, Godfrey, and the Wex team have fixed on and multiplied the wedge shape of architect Peter Eisenman’s design of the center, creating semidiscrete galleries within galleries.
Watch wexarts.org for further details about upcoming programs, including a fall exhibition opening (September 17) featuring a conversation between Humphries and guest curator Mark Godfrey; a free talk by Godfrey titled “Where Does Art Lie?” (October 4); and a performative dialogue between Humphries and artist and writer Felix Bernstein (October 27).
jHΩ1:), 2018 (detail)
Oil on linen
114 x 127 in.
The Abrishamchi Family Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
© Jacqueline Humphries
Photo: Jason Mandella
Jacqueline Humphries, jHΩ1:), 2018. Oil on linen, 114 x 127 in. The Abrishamchi Family Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.
Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2016. Oil and enamel on linen, 114 x 127 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.
Jacqueline Humphries, Sign, 2019. Pigmented epoxy resin, 32 1/4 x 12 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.
Jacqueline Humphries, Two Cat, 2016. Oil on linen, 100 x 111 in. Private collection. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.
Jacqueline Humphries at her studio in Red Hook, 2021. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Martha Fleming-Ives.
Jacqueline Humphries lives and works in New York City. The artist’s recent solo exhibitions include presentations at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2020); Dia Bridgehampton, New York (2019); Greene Naftali, New York (2017, 2015, 2012); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2015); and Contemporary Art Center (2015) and Prospect.1 in New Orleans (2008). Humphries was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; among many others.
Mark Godfrey is a curator and critic based in London. From 2007 to 2021 he was senior curator at Tate Modern, where he curated and cocurated shows including Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 and retrospectives of Sigmar Polke, Roni Horn, Franz West, and Gerhard Richter. Outside Tate he has curated exhibitions by Christopher Williams, David Hammons, R. H. Quaytman, and Laura Owens. He won the Absolut Art Award for art writing in 2015 and recently coedited The Soul of a Nation Reader.
A major catalogue featuring essays by Godfrey, Hamza Walker, Jenny Nachtigall, and Wexner Center Executive Director Johanna Burton along with a conversation between Humphries and Donna De Salvo will accompany the exhibition. Designed by Studio Markus Weisbeck, this extensively illustrated catalogue offers an up-close view of Humphries’s recent practice. The catalogue will be copublished by Gregory R. Miller & Co. and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Mark Godfrey with assistance from Associate Curator of Exhibitions Daniel Marcus and Curatorial Associate Kristin Helmick-Brunet. Organizational support for the exhibition is provided by Greene Naftali, New York; Modern Art, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
THIS PRESENTATION MADE POSSIBLE BY
Crane Family Foundation and Michael and Paige Crane
Greene Naftali, New York
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American Electric Power Foundation
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