Director Greg Lulay will lead guests through the gallery's latest show featuring artist James Bishop.
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by American artist James Bishop and to open its press preview to a select number of guests.
The exhibition, installed at Zwirner's 537 West 20th Street location, will include works spanning the artist’s prolific career and will present several large square-format paintings on canvas from the early 1960s to the 1980s. Providing a rare opportunity to view the artist’s important body of work, the show will be his first solo exhibition in New York since 1987.
Throughout his career, Bishop has engaged European and American traditions of post-War abstraction. Alternating between—and at times interweaving—painting and drawing, Bishop’s works explore the ambiguities and paradoxes of material opacity and transparency, flatness and spatiality, as well as linear tectonics and loosely composed forms. Privileging the nuanced and expressive qualities of color and scale, Bishop’s luminous works have been described by American poet and art critic John Ashbery as “half architecture, half air."
About the artist
Born in 1927 in Neosho, Missouri, Bishop studied painting at Black Mountain College and art history at Columbia University under Meyer Shapiro before traveling to Europe in 1957 and settling in Blévy, France. His work has been the subject of major exhibitions: in 1993-94, James Bishop, Paintings and Works on Paper traveled from the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, to the Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster; and in 2007-09, James Bishop. Malerie auf Papier/Paintings on Paper, traveled from the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, to the Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat Bottrop, Germany, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Bishop’s work can be found in important public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe including The Art Institute of Chicago; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Musée de Grenoble; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tel Aviv Museum; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; and Kunsthaus Zurich, among others. This is his first exhibition at David Zwirner.