john wilcox: diptychs and polyptychs, curated by sarah kozlowski and benjamin lima

This two-part installation explores John Wilcox’s engagement with the formal principles and expressive potential of the diptych and polyptych formats in work that spans the painter’s career and ranges across materials, techniques, and subject matter.

The first in the two-part installation, opening on November 7, 2015, is framed by Wilcox’s earliest experiments with narrative diptychs in the 1980s and sketches for a late portrait diptych left unfinished at his death in 2012. It focuses on a period between 1990 and 1993 during which Wilcox pushed the polyptych format to its visual and conceptual limits. The second installation, which will open in April 2016, presents work from a period between 1986 and 1989 to reveal how Wilcox’s diptychs and polyptychs are related to his word drawings, both bodies of work engaging with repetition, seriality, and modularity.

The second of the two installations opening in April 16, 2016, presents work from a period between 1986 and 1989 to explore how Wilcox’s diptychs and polyptychs are related to his word drawings, both bodies of work engaging with repetition, seriality, and modularity. The first installation, which opened in November 2015, focused on a period between 1990 and 1993 during which Wilcox pushed the polyptych format to its visual and conceptual limits.

 John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs is curated by Sarah Kozlowski, Assistant Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas Dallas and Benjamin Lima, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas Arlington, in collaboration with The Wilcox Space.

 

Untitled: Paradise, 1989, acrylic on canvas, twelve-panel polyptych, 96 x 96 inches

 

Prayer No. 1, alkyd and pencil on canvas, polyptych, 20 x 83 inches

 

Bluing, 1991, acrylic and dyed thread on canvas, diptych, 60 x 144 inches

Land (Scape), 1992, enamel, alkyd, pencil on linen, diptych, 27 x 79 inches

Drain, 1988, oil and acrylic on canvas, diptych, 84 x 66 inches

 

Last Last, 1989, pencil on paper, 19 x 27 inches

 

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