Joe Zucker, ‘Help, Let Me Out of Here!’, 1977, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
"Using diverse tools cancels out the affectation of talent, of the hand...To create insistence in which one’s personal skill diminishes by processing a result that might be an eccentric approach to constructing a painting. It’s a way of avoiding the issues of the realist paradox while we’re abstracting." -Joe Zucker
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated ""Help let me out of Here" 1977 Joe Zucker" on the reverse

New York, New Museum, The 1970s: New American Painting, June 15, 1979 - February 10, 1981
Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Surfacing Images: The Paintings of Joe Zucker, 1969-1982, July 9 - August 29, 1982, no. 20, p. 31 (illustrated)

Chuck Close, "Artists in Conversation: Joe Zucker by Chuck Close", BOMB, no. 100, Summer 2007 (illustrated, online)

Holly Solomon Gallery, New York
Private Collection

About Joe Zucker

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.

American, b. 1941, Chicago, Illinois, based in East Hampton, New York