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John McLaughlin

  • Marvelous Void
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    John McLaughlin, Untitled, 1948

Press for John McLaughlin

Current Exhibitions at Van Doren Waxter


A Tower in the Night Forest

  • Katsura Funakoshi,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Color: Paintings & Drawings 1997-2007

  • Tom Fairs,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Marram

  • TM Davy,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joshua Nathanson and Erin Jane Nelson

  • Joshua Nathanson,
  • Erin Jane Nelson,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ocean Park Works on Paper 1978 - 1991

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings & Works on Paper

  • Moira Dryer,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting I Prefer to Know, Works on Canvas from 1950-1958

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Names will never hurt me

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

2030

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Starry Sky

  • Douglas Melini,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

.....READ ALL ABOUT

  • Gareth Nyandoro,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Structures and Landscapes, 1950-1968

  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rockers and Pendulums, 1969-1977

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Oct. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jeronimo Elespe

  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aiko Hachisuka and John Williams

  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • John Williams,
  • Opens: Aug. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Sep. 29, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gaze

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • TM Davy,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Tom Fairs,
  • Judy Fiskin,
  • Joe Goode,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Cameron Martin,
  • Douglas Melini,
  • Valeska Soares,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Kevin Zucker,
  • Opens: Aug. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rolling Orbit: Prints from the 1970s

  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Figureheads [EXTENDED]

  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructions

  • John McLaughlin,
  • Opens: Mar. 28, 2018
  • Closes: May. 11, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Screen Life

  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tonics

  • Volker Hüller,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alan Shields Project

  • Lisa Alvarado,
  • Cheryl Donegan,
  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • Channing Hansen,
  • Naotaka Hiro,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Martha Tuttle,
  • B. Wurtz,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper 1955-1967

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hot Spots

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cellophane Grip

  • Evan Nesbit,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Annotations, Striations, and Souvenirs

  • Ishmael Randall Weeks,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Healdsburg Years, 1988-1993

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Sisters - Work from the 1970's

  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part I

  • Al Held,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part II

  • James Brooks,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Al Held,
  • Manny Farber,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: Jul. 28, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgeries

  • Tim Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Surrealism: Works from the 1930's

  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emil Nolde and Die Brücke - Master Drawings New York

  • Erich Heckel,
  • Emil Nolde,
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,
  • Max Pechstein,
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 4 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Familiar World 1942 – 1982

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Carl D'Alvia,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frankenthaler, Rockburne, & Sterne

  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Jul. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

There's Always Tomorrow

  • Joe Goode,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Closes: May. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Particular Paradox

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Degree of Tilt

  • Jackie Saccoccio,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Color(less)

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Michael Goldberg,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Al Held,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Franz Kline,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Mark Tobey,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Color Abstractions 1949-1955

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushstrokes - India Ink Drawings from 1960

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Machines 1947 – 1951

  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Other Night Other Light

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hone

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McLaughlin

  • Marvelous Void
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Go Figure

  • James Brooks,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Philip Guston,
  • Ed Paschke,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Kristin Baker,
  • Michael Berryhill,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reticulations

  • Cameron Martin,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

When

Nov 02 - Jan 07, 2017


Where

Van Doren Waxter

  • 23 E 73rd St, New York NY 10021 Map
  • 212.445.0444

About

I want to communicate only to the extent that the painting will serve to induce or intensify the viewer’s natural desire for contemplation without the benefit of a guiding principle. — John McLaughlin

Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Marvelous Void, an exhibition of seven paintings completed between 1948-1974 by the post World War II abstractionist John McLaughlin (1898-1976). Conceived and curated by Robert C. Morgan, this specific investigation into the purely abstract work of John McLaughlin will open November 2, 2016 and remain on view through January 7, 2017. The exhibition title derives from Sesshu Toyo, a 15th Century Japanese artist and Zen monk, whose approach to ink painting introduced the concept of “emptiness” or the “marvelous void” into Japanese painting, ultimately influencing the work of the American painter five hundred year later. According to Professor Morgan: “The use of empty space moves through the paintings of Sesshu in a way that echoes the natural living environment as a seemingly infinite space. It was this idea that caught the attention of McLaughlin early on, and stayed with him throughout his career.”

This would prove deeply influential to McLaughlin in determining the use of rectilinear space as a "neutral structure" in his own hard-edge paintings. This unique exhibition will feature a selection of McLaughlin’s geometric abstractions alongside two early Japanese ink paintings that exemplify Sesshu’s concept. Marvelous Void represents the first time this connection between McLaughlin’s practice and Sesshu’s influence has been realized in an exhibition. McLaughlin’s practice was devoted, in part, to reconciling Western sensibilities with Eastern notions of space, a deviation from the ideas and tempestuous style prominent in Abstract Expressionism. Enamored with Sesshu’s manipulation of the negative space between objects, McLaughlin further distilled the spatial plane, reducing crisp, ordered forms so that the viewer’s perception is augmented. The supremacy of openness that McLaughlin identified in both Eastern painting and Zen Buddhist teachings was resolved in his own canvases through an awareness and hierarchy of space—an optical berth, he argued, necessary for substantial introspection. While the sparseness of McLaughlin’s forms is informed by the “marvelous void,” his reduced and layered constructions owe some debt to Western modernists such as Mondrian and Malevich. However, for McLaughlin, there were distinct differences.

Emphasizing these differences, the Curator states in his catalog essay: “This Eastern idea does not separate the conceptual from the material world, nor, for that matter, does it isolate the conceptual from the visual presence of color and form or make distinctions between the process of thought and the resonance of form.” The structure of the works on view—sharply defined vertical and horizontal bars bisecting color fields—are forceful, yet manage to elicit a meditative quality. McLaughlin confronts the Western preoccupation with the image by isolating and amplifying perception and space into pure abstractions with a profound connection to nature.


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