cedar, encaustic and flocking 39 x 43 x 1.25 inches (99.06 x 109.22 x 3.175 cm)
Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery is honored to present its third solo exhibition for Keith Sonnier in collaboration with Douglas Baxter titled ‘Neon and Objects.’ This is the first presentation of Keith Sonnier’s work since his death last summer, marking the first anniversary of his passing on what would have been his 80th birthday. On view from August 27th through October 4th, 2021, we invite you to the opening reception on Saturday, August 28th from 5 to 7 pm, at 26 Ardsley Rd., (off of East Gate rd.), Wainscott, NY.
In cooperation with Keith’s daughter Olympia Sonnier, ‘Neon and Objects’ will include selections from the last works to date as well as rare mid-career works selected by Tripoli Patterson and Sonnier’s longtime friend, neighbor, and dealer Douglas Baxter. ‘Neon and Objects’ is a celebration of Sonnier as a maker of objects as well as a user of found objects, both new and used—often in tandem with his autographic neon.
Beginning in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Sonnier experimented with new, non-art materials while giving as much emphasis to the process of art making as to the end product, effectively identifying with the loosely defined movement Post-Minimalism. Roberta Smith of The New York Times recently called Post-Minimalism “arguably the last avant-garde art movement of classic modernism.” Examples of his contemporaries include fellow Louisianan Lynda Benglis’ poured polyurethane works and wax paintings, Richard Serra’s thrown lead sculptural installations, and Joel Shapiro’s hand rolled clay works. The movement can be extended to include figurative artists such as Chuck Close with his early sprayed portraits, the cotton ball paintings of Joe Zucker and the enamel on steel plate paintings of Jennifer Bartlett.
For press inquiries or further information, please contact email@example.com or call 631.377.3715.