John Buck
American, born 1946
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?,
Sylvia White Gallery
2016
John Buck and Ana Maria Hernando,
Robischon Gallery
2005
THE CULTURAL DESERT: Inside Contemporary Sculpture. Featured works by Lynda Benglis, John Buck, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, Vernon Fisher, Dan Flavin, Barbara Hepworth, Mel Kendrick, Maya Lin, Richard Long, Robert Longo, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Lucas Samaras, Joel Shapiro, Frank Stella, James Turrell,
Bentley Gallery

Interdisciplinary artist John Buck is known for his narrative woodblock prints, freestanding sculptures placed in front of painted canvases, and relief panels. In the 1980s, his work began to grapple with global social and political issues, such as Apartheid in South Africa, civil conflicts in Lebanon and Ireland, and questions relating to the natural environment, but his recent work has become more introspective. Buck adopted the human figure, according to the catalogue accompanying his 1999 exhibition at Lewis & Clark University, “as a template to explore complex language of familiar and unfamiliar symbols.” He also creates gorgeous kinetic sculptures, such as Cat’s Cradle (2013), which is inspired by the European explorers who “discovered” the new world. He describes such works as “compositions that are all about balance,” characterized by images on either side that are equal in …

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