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Joe Zucker

American, b. 1941

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Joe Zucker

American, b. 1941

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In the 1970s, Joe Zucker experimented with what has become his signature technique: gluing cotton balls to canvas in a gridded arrangement and painting over them. Resulting in a highly textured surface reminiscent of mosaic, this technique radically transforms the surface of the canvas and challenges the “flatness” that critics like Clement Greenberg championed as essential to the discipline of painting. In his compositions, Zucker constructs simplified geometric renderings of subjects like houses and sailboats, where the subject matter serves only a vehicle for the artist’s exploration of formal qualities. In his series of "Box Paintings" made in 2004-05, Zucker constructed shallow wooden boxes with various compartments into which he poured a single color of enamel, resulting in flat areas of color that allude to the ideals of modernist painting.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

In the 1970s, Joe Zucker experimented with what has become his signature technique: gluing cotton balls to canvas in a gridded arrangement and painting over them. Resulting in a highly textured surface reminiscent of mosaic, this technique radically transforms the surface of the canvas and challenges the “flatness” that critics like Clement Greenberg championed as essential to the discipline of painting. In his compositions, Zucker constructs simplified geometric renderings of subjects like houses and sailboats, where the subject matter serves only a vehicle for the artist’s exploration of formal qualities. In his series of "Box Paintings" made in 2004-05, Zucker constructed shallow wooden boxes with various compartments into which he poured a single color of enamel, resulting in flat areas of color that allude to the ideals of modernist painting.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more