Overview

Max Gimblett (b.1935) has been primarily based in New York since 1972. His practice encompasses influences as varied as Abstract Expressionism, Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology, and ancient cultures. This complex synthesis of influences is evident in Gimblett's work, which consists largely of object based paintings. His shaped canvases hold various associations and meanings connected to the oval, rectangle, tondo, keystone, and quatrefoil (of which Gimblett is most recognised). It is Gimblett's intention in these works to explore the multiplicity of meaning attached to revered objects and symbols. The quatrefoil shape dates back to pre-Christian times and is found in both Western and Eastern religions symbolising such objects as a rose window, cross, and lotus. Gimblett steps further into the realm of the spiritual with his use of precious metals; materials such as gold and silver are religiously associated with honour, wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual energies.

Exhibitions
Works
  • Max GIMBLETT, Creation, 2018
    Creation, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Dionysus and the Wheel, 2018
    Dionysus and the Wheel, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, I Love My Mother, 2018
    I Love My Mother, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Koi Temple, 2018
    Koi Temple, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Offering, 2018
    Offering, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Pinnacle, 2018
    Pinnacle, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Prometheus, 2018
    Prometheus, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Red Violin, 2018
    Red Violin, 2018
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Athena's Crown, 2017
  • Max GIMBLETT, Bright and Lustrous, 2017
    Bright and Lustrous, 2017
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  • Max GIMBLETT, The Garden of Gold, 2015
    The Garden of Gold, 2015
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  • Max GIMBLETT, The Wheel of the Way, 2014
    The Wheel of the Way, 2014
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Tropical Islands in Paradise, 2013/15
    Tropical Islands in Paradise, 2013/15
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Dragon Ladder, 2013
    Dragon Ladder, 2013
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Tahiti, 2012/18
    Tahiti, 2012/18
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Yellow Heaven, 2012
    Yellow Heaven, 2012
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Compass North, 2011/12/15
    Compass North, 2011/12/15
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Green Sway, 2010/12
    Green Sway, 2010/12
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Windswept, 2010/11/12/19
  • Max GIMBLETT, Cyclops, 2009
    Cyclops, 2009
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Moon Flower, 2006
    Moon Flower, 2006
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Double Reed, 2005
    Double Reed, 2005
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  • Max GIMBLETT, Pilot, 2000-07
    Pilot, 2000-07
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Biography

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
The Path of Light, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.

2020                    
Jjuggernaut, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.
Ocean Wheel, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch.
The Magical Kingdom, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown and Christchurch.
Leaves of Grass: Works on Paper, Page Galleries, Wellington.
2019
Many Worlds, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.
Asia and the Pacific, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown & Christchurch.
Creation, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington.
The Window, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington.
2018
Sunset Moon, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.

2017
The Garden of Delights, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2016
50 Years of Drawing, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
The Art of Remembrance, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
One Day in the Afternoon of the Gods, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
New Paintings, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, New Zealand
The Universe: Max Gimblett, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand

2015
The Rising Sun, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
The Art of Remembrance, St. David's Church, Auckland, New Zealand
Sea of Dragons, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Paradise Valley, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, New Zealand

2014
The Gold Thread, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Universe, Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Heavenly Creatures, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, New Zealand
Celebration, Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
Love Conquers All, Kashya Hildebrand, London, United Kingdom
Boundless Way, New York Zen Centre for Contemplative Care, New York, United States

2013
On a Clear Day, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
All That Is, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown

2012
Ballad of the South Pacific, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Max Gimblett: The Holy Grail, Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, USA
Max Gimblett: New Works on Paper, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Max Gimblett: New York, New York, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
Damien Hirst / Max Gimblett - The Beauty and Brutality of Fact, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown

2011
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
On the Shores of Infinity, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Perfect Mirror, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
Graceland, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, USA
Pacific Shrine, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown

2009
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia (1860-1989), Guggenheim Museum, New York. Curated by Alexandra Munroe.

The Night Sun, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Full Fathom Five, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
White Stone Clear Water, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

2008
Max Gimblet - Everlastingness, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

2007
Max Gimblett: Recent Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Always in These Lands: Recent Paintings and in the New Zealand Room Selected Works on Paper 1965-2007, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
Monotypes, Smith Anderson Edition, Palo Alto, California, USA

2006
Banquet, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Zen Reality, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland

2005
Zen Beat, Cushman & Wakfield, New York, USA

2004
Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; and City Gallery, Wellington
A Very Decided Bright Line, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
The Rose of Paracelsus, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington

2003
True Mirror, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Silent Waters, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
The Dawn of Beauty, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Myth, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA

2002
Max Gimblett: The Language of Drawing, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

2001
The Silent Music, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2000
The Painted Promise, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

 

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Between Them: An Insallation Composed of Drawings, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.

2018
Artist Books by Edizioni Canopo, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York.
Untitled #1050, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch.
The 80s Show, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, New Zealand.

2017
Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch.
Celebrating 30 Years, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.
Pacific Rim: Abstraction from the South Pacific, Nadene Milne Gallery, Christchurch.
Icons in Ash: Death in Art, Central Booking, New York, USA

2016
Just Another F***ing Art Gallery, Gow Langsford Gallery, Christchurch

2015
Wunderruma, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2014
Dark Arts: Twenty Years of the Halloway Press, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

2012
Miami Project, Gary Snyder Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Unbound: An Exhibition in Three Chapters, Dalhousle Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The Final Frontier, The Atlantic Conference, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

2011
Permanent Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
One of a Kind - An Exhibition of Unique Artist's Books, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Green Bicycle, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2010
Poems & Pictures: A Renaissance in the Art of the Book, Centre for Book Arts, New York, USA
New Zealand Masters: Cotton, Goldie, Gimblett, Walters, Hotere, Woollaston, Frizzell, Angus, and Wero Taroi, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
Zen to Kawaii: The Japanese Affect, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
West East, The Suter Gallery, Nelson

2009
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1860-1989, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The New Zealand Room, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown

2008
Fundamental Abstraction II - In Memory of Kim Wauson, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Maui, The Suter Gallery, Nelson
Drawings, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland
Edges of Darkness (Black in Art), Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Clock the Ton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Limited Edition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2007
Simulasian, Contemporary Asian Art Fair, New York, USA
On Paper, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Art Miami, Haines Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
Editions, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington

2006
Contemporary Collections, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Director's Choice: Consumption Junction, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
Line and Surface, John Leech Gallery, Auckland

2005
MGM - McCahon, Gimblett, Motherwell, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Gulgoleth, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Blair Street Opening, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington

2004
Toi Te Papa: Art of the Nation 1940 - Today, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
35K, ArtSpace, Auckland

2003
Signs and Wonders: He Tohu He Ohorere, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
The Invisible Thread: Buddhist Spirit in Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, USA
Either/Or, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Thinking in Line: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Publishing Granary's Books: A Conversation in the Margins, University of California, San Diego, California, USA
All That Glitters, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York, USA

2001
Documenta USA, Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
New Paintings, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
Leaping Boundaries: A Century of New Zealand Artists in Australia, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2000
Conceptual Link, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York, USA
Simple Statements, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
The Full Spectrum, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Collector's Choice, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
Think Colour, New Zealand travelling exhibition
Works on Paper, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

 

SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Auckland City Library, Auckland
Auckland War Memorial Museum Te Papa Whakihiku, Auckland
University of Auckland, Auckland
Bank of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA
Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, England
British Library, London, England
Chartwell Collection, Auckland
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art & Humanities, Los Angeles, California, USA
Govett-Bewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Harris Collection, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Ministry of External Relations, Wellington
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
New York Public Library, New York, USA
New Zealand Embassy in Indonesia, Japan, and USA
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Phildadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, USA
Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui
Green Library, Stanford University, Standford, California, USA
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Bibliography

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Disappearing Ox—Max Gimblett and Lewis Hyde (Copper Canyon Press, 2021).
50 Years of Drawing (Page Blackie Gallery, 2016).
From Grafton to the Guggenheim (Gow Langsford Gallery, 2016).
The Sound of One Hand (Charter, 2015).
Max Gimblett (Charta, 2013).
Workspace (Charta, 2010).

Wystan Curnow, An Exhiliaration of Spirit (Craig Potton Publishing and Gow Langsford Gallery, 2002).
- , "The Brush of All Things," Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things (Auckland Art Gallery, 2002).
Tony Green, "The Brush of All Things - A Mirror for Max", Art New Zealand, Spring 2004.
Dorita Hannah, "The Mad Monk of Manhattan", Urbis New Zealand, Summer 2001/2.
Anne Kirker, "A Minimalist with a Passion", Max Gimblett: The Language of Drawing (Queensland Art Gallery, 2002)
- , "Max Gimblett: A Mjor Gift of Contemporary Drawings", Artlines (Queensland Art Gallery, 1999).
Thomas McEvilley, "The Shape of Energy", Art in America, October 2005.
Alexandra Munroe, Lewis Hyde, and Max Gimblett, Max Gimblett (Charta, 2013).
Jenni Quilter, Max Gimblett: Workspace (Charta, 2010).
Ian Wedde, "Action Man", New Zealand Listener, 11-17 December 2004
John Yau, Going Forth (Craig Potton Publishing and Gow Langsford Gallery, 2002).

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