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Mark Tobey

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Press for Mark Tobey

Current Exhibitions at Pace Gallery


The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky

  • Julian Schnabel,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ego

  • DRIFT,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flares

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Nigel Cooke,
  • Opens: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 29, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 30, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Me, Myself and...

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unlights

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Paintings

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Nevada Test Site

  • Emmet Gowin,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

basis, 70s Drawings

  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One of My Ancestors

  • Li Songsong,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paste Papers

  • Yto Barrada,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plumb Line

  • Loie Hollowell,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 10 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere

  • Alexander Calder,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 10 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1940–1992

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Reception: May. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Source, Tau, Throwback

  • Tony Smith,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Curious

  • Richard Learoyd,
  • Opens: Apr. 03, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes

  • Raqib Shaw,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2019
  • Closes: May. 18, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The World According to

  • Rita Ackermann,
  • Forrest Bess,
  • Katherine Bradford,
  • Alexander Calder,
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Celeste Dupuy-Spencer,
  • David Hockney,
  • Peter Hujar,
  • Alex Katz,
  • Koo Jeong,
  • Thomas Nozkowksi,
  • Arlene Shechet,
  • Alfred Stieglitz,
  • Opens: Feb. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmur

  • Kiki Smith,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classic Paintings

  • Adolph Gottlieb,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Duo Color

  • Wang Guangle,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Robert Whitman,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Navajo Blankets

  • Agnes Martin,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark Tobey

  • Mark Tobey
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America

  • JR,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings

  • Irving Penn,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Works

  • Zhang Xiaogang,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Ufan

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Afro Kismet

  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Théâtres de mémoire

  • Jean Dubuffet,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New “SCULPTURE/CONFIGURATIONS” [EXTENDED]

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 4 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Evolution [EXTENDED]

  • Michal Rovner,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: May. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

  • Yto Barrada,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Matter of Form

  • Barbara Hepworth,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Robert Ryman,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Principia Mathematica

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Alfred Jensen,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • James Siena,
  • Keith Tyson,
  • Leo Villareal,
  • Opens: Feb. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thomas Nozkowski

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black & White

  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Opens: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nothing Personal

  • Richard Avedon,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crossing Lines

  • Agnes Martin,
  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting in the '80s

  • Elizabeth Murray,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shelf Life

  • Claes Oldenburg,
  • Coosje van Bruggen,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ebb and Flow

  • Maya Lin,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ultra Subjective Space

  • teamLab,
  • Opens: Jul. 17, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Arrival of Spring

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Watercolors 1941–1947

  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: May. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Still Life

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper 2011 – 2013

  • Joel Shapiro,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Does Yellow Run Forever

  • Paul Graham,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 04, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculptures, Paintings, and Installations: 2004 - 2014

  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

100th Anniversary Exhibition

  • Saul Steinberg,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Richard Pousette-Dart

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wang Guangle

  • Wang Guangle,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Antoni Tàpies: 1923 - 2012

  • Antoni Tàpies,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Variations

  • Isamu Noguchi,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Collage and Assemblage

  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mao Yan

  • Mao Yan,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blackness in Abstraction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Ufan

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: May. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eureka

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: Feb. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cacophonous

  • Robert Irwin,
  • Opens: Apr. 10, 2015
  • Closes: May. 09, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thomas Nozkowski

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Sculpture

  • James Siena,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Centennial

  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 18, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tara Donovan

  • Tara Donovan,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2015
  • Reception: May. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Album 2

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black Mimosa

  • Nigel Cooke,
  • Opens: Sep. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 17, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chuck Close: Recent Work

  • Chuck Close,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Yosemite Suite

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Paintings

  • Adrian Ghenie,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Let There be Light

  • Zhang Huan,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

67-68-69

  • James Turrell,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Into the Cool

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov,
  • Opens: Dec. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)

  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 11, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Work

  • Irving Penn,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper

  • Thomas Nozkowski,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Double Pendulum

  • Qiu Xiaofei,
  • Opens: Mar. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Palette

  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

GLASS

  • Maya Lin,
  • Kiki Smith,
  • Fred Wilson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On the Body

  • Random International,
  • Opens: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Plate Paintings

  • Julian Schnabel,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ceramics

  • Lee Ufan,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prabhavathi Meppayil

  • Prabhavathi Meppayil,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Calder / Miró: Constellations

  • Alexander Calder,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ebo River and Early Works

  • Keith Sonnier,
  • Opens: Nov. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thinker

  • Yoshitomo Nara,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Works

  • Kevin Francis Gray,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leo Villareal

  • Leo Villareal,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 - 2017

  • Robert Mangold,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Border Cantos

  • Richard Misrach,
  • Guillermo Galindo,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stain Paintings 1964 – 1966

  • John Hoyland,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York City, No-Name, Re-Do, Seductions

  • Lucas Samaras,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 25 - Jan 12, 2019

  • Reception: Oct 24, 6 - 8pm

Where

Pace Gallery

  • 32 E 57th St, New York NY 10022 Map
  • 212.421.3292

About

Pace Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of abstract works by the American artist Mark Tobey (1890 – 1976), the first show dedicated to the artist in New York in over twenty years. Bringing together approximately 35 paintings and works on paper from private collections as well as major international museums, such as the Fondation Beyeler, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others, the exhibition spans three decades of Tobey’s evolving approach to abstraction. The exhibition will be on view at 32 East 57th Street from October 25, 2018 through January 12, 2019, with an opening reception held on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 – 8 p.m. Pace will publish a full-color catalogue for the exhibition, which will include a new essay on Tobey by art critic Robert C. Morgan. The exhibition will also include the film Mark Tobey (1952) directed Robert Gardner and written by Gardner and Tobey. Filmed when the artist lived in Seattle, the film also features piano and flute compositions by Tobey and presents an experimental portrait of him as both performer and subject.

While a contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists, Tobey developed a unique and often calligraphic style, grounded in a place of mindfulness rather than the physical action of his contemporaries. A spiritual and artistic turning point for Tobey occurred in 1918 when he was introduced to the ecumenical Baha’i Faith, which promotes universal consciousness. Working largely in water-based media, such as tempera and gouache, on modestly-scaled canvases and paper, Tobey began a painting by emptying his mind of extraneous thoughts in order to focus exclusively on the meticulous placement of abstract gestures and shapes. Within his tablet-size paintings, suffused with masses of lines and overlaid with fragmentary forms, Tobey captured universes of possibilities and energy. In discussing his practice, Tobey said: “I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action. Only then can one have a conversation with a painting. If I find no content, there’s no communication."

Tobey’s all-over compositions, symbol-like marks, and calligraphic renderings emerged from a combination of Eastern and Western visual histories and points of inspiration, from Chinese scroll painting to European cubism. The artist led a largely nomadic life, spending early time in New York and Seattle and traveling to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, and across Europe. Removed from any particular geographic or stylistic “school”, Tobey maintained a relentless focus on working on a small scale and discovered highly personalized ways to integrate the intricate rhythms and ideographic gestures he found in Eastern calligraphy with his practice of observing the world in rapt attention, and in doing so developed his all-over abstractions. As demonstrated in the three decades of work presented in the exhibition, these broad influences all contributed to the distinct visual language that Tobey evolved throughout his career.

One of the best known and internationally respected American artists of the 1950s and 60s, Tobey’s contributions to abstraction and midcentury modernism have only recently begun to be fully recognized. In 2017, the Addison Gallery of American Art organized the first retrospective of Tobey in the U.S. in 40 years, which was also presented at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice during the 2017 Venice Biennale. Pace’s exhibition, the first comprehensive show of the artist’s work in New York in over two decades, continues to shine a light on Tobey’s groundbreaking style and lasting impact on international modern and contemporary art.


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