Jedd Novatt: Kármán Line

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JEDD NOVATT

Kรกrmรกn Line


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Monotype Photos: Š Steve Russell Studios


CONTENTS

Biography 4 - 5 Monotypes I -III 6 - 11 Chaos SAS (detail2) 12 Essay 13 Chaos SAS (detail1) 14 - 15 Monotypes IV - XIII 6 - 33 Solo Exhibitions 34 - 35 Group Exhibitions 36 - 37 Public and Corporate Collections 37 Chaos SAS at Night 38 - 3 9

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BIO

Jedd Novatt was born in New York City in 1958. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, Novatt went to live in France and Italy. He taught at the Lacoste School of the Arts (now Savannah College of Art and Design) located in the medieval village of Lacoste in the Luberon region of Provence, France and also lived in Todi, Italy. Novatt returned to New York City in 1981. He was hired as a sculpture assistant at the Sculpture Center on East 69th Street. He then briefly attended the MFA program at Columbia University before leaving to set up his first studio on Warren Street in Tribeca. In 1993, Novatt had his first solo exhibition in New York City at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In 2002, Novatt moved with his wife and son to Paris, France to work and live. He now divides his time among studios in Paris, Liverpool, the Luberon region of France, and his main studio in the Basque region in Spain. Since 2005, Novatt’s primary body of work has revolved around the multi-conceptual theme of Chaos. His sculptures consist of complex and rigorous compositions that are tenuously balanced, seemingly defying gravity. Novatt’s sculptures explore the void — carving negative space to make the invisible visible— thereby challenging what in fact is the form of a work. One critic noted: “Novatt searches to capture an instant of equilibrium in unstable and fragile situations, similar to our existential condition, but also to the particular moment that we are living.” His two-dimensional works, often in the form of monotypes or collage, are comprised of minimalist compositions that illustrate the importance of drawing in Novatt’s sculpture. Novatt’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is held in major public, private, and corporate collections worldwide.

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Kรกrmรกn Line I

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line II

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line III

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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Chaos SAS

(detail 2)

Stainless Steel Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL

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Jedd Novatt: Spatial Contradictions

BY ELISA TURNER

Jedd Novatt’s sculpture and two-dimensional works such as the Kármán Line series are distinguished by what the artist refers to as “spatial contradictions.” This term calls attention to his ingenious reworking of traditional monolithic geometric forms by endowing them with an unexpected, indeed startling, sense of movement. To do this, he repeats a series of highly varied linear shapes akin to vigorous drawings in space. They become airy, transparent forms poised to launch into their surroundings. Nevertheless, these linear forms are firmly anchored to each other. As elements within a single sculpture, they are grounded to a physical site. The appearance of movement is tantalizingly deceptive --even more so when one walks around particular sculptures in order to perceive them from evolving and contradictory perspectives. That sense of continual evolution in space defines Novatt’s monumental works “Chaos SAS” (2013) and Chaos Bizkaia (2012) at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Sited with a view of the museum’s architecture as well as Biscayne Bay, the sculptures meld cubes with their geometric cousins -- including the square, rectangle, and triangle--so that they offer views of purely linear shapes. These transparent and stacked elements appear to dance and cavort, wrestle and power punch. They are connected in ways that only seem unstable. They frame their surroundings in a steadily evolving panorama, achieving a nearly cinematic effect for viewers who encounter the works from different angles. Thom Collins, former director of Pérez Art Museum Miami and current director of the Barnes Foundation, commenting on the installation at PAMM, highlights the strengths of Novatt’s work in this way: “Novatt has been employing and manipulating key minimalist visual and material tropes — the cube, unyielding medium, towering scale — in order to evolve the now long-stalled project [minimalism] beyond its traditional static and reflexive nature….As if arrested in a process of being formed from the primordial state of disorder to which the series title alludes, in a perpetual state of becoming, they inspire awe and impart grand emotions unfamiliar in the history of minimalism.” Such evolving perspectives are apparent in both his recent sculpture and the 2019 series of monotypes, Kármán Line I – XIII. Novatt’s sculpture flirts with chaos while veering dangerously close to a collapse that won’t happen. This presence of precarious motion and spatial contradiction animates not only his sculpture but also this series of monotypes. In these works on paper, Novatt expertly manipulates negative and positive space as well as graduated colors, particularly in blues and reds, to achieve a similar illusion of close-to-collapsing geometric compositions. They actually appear three-dimensional. The series’ title, Kármán Line, refers to the point separating the earth’s atmosphere from space. It’s an invisible boundary demarcating a more earthly territory where predictable rules of gravity apply from the vast territory of outer space where those rules do not exist. Novatt’s contradictory spatial forms implode and explode, amid intersecting planes that shift and redefine positive and negative space. They thoroughly investigate the concept of “making space the positive form”. In several, such as Kármán Line I and VII, one seems to confront a maze-like barrier. In others, such as Kármán Line VI, one seems to gaze up through a structure ready to topple. The visually dynamic drama of an ongoing disequilibrium is constant throughout the monotype series Kármán Line.

Essay “Jedd Novatt: Spatial Contradictions” © by Elisa Turner, All Rights Reserved.

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Chaos SAS

(detail 1)

Stainless Steel Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL

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Kรกrmรกn Line IV

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line V

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line VI

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line VII

Wood block, monotype, ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in 22


Kรกrmรกn Line VIII

Wood block, monotype, ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line IX

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line X

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line XI

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line XII

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 181 cm x 121 cm 71.25 in x 47.63 in

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Kรกrmรกn Line XIII

Woodblock, monotype and ink on Somerset rough paper 121 cm x 181 cm 47.63 in x 71.25 in

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019

2011

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2010

• Chaos Constructions, V&A Museum, London, UK,

14 September—10 November Chaos DCC (permanent installation), Jardin Anglais de Rolle, City of Rolle, Switzerland Jedd Novatt: ‘Chaos,’ curated by Encounter Contemporary, The Smithson Plaza. St James’s St., London UK, February—September Jedd Novatt: Conversations with Gravity, Waddington Custot, London, 19 November 2018—30 January 2019 (monograph)

2018

• FRIEZE New York: Waddington Custot Gallery—two-person exhibition: Jedd Novatt, sculpture & Peter Halley, paintings. New York, NY; 3–6 May

2017 • •

Jedd Novatt: Chaos Pacific, Monotypes, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah GA, April—October 2017 •Jedd Novatt: Monotypes, Faider Galerie, Brussels, Belgium (catalogue) Chaos Concepción (permanent installation), Alex Townsend Memorial Courtyard, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah GA

2016

• Jedd Novatt: Chaos Pamplona (permanent installation), City of Yountville, Napa Valley, CA • Jedd Novatt - Chaos, Galeria Alfa Arte, Eibar, Spain • • •

Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH Jedd Novatt: Chaos Pamplona, Alfa Arte, Eibar Spain Chaos Mundaka, Brown Harts Garden,Westminster Council City of Sculpture Festival London, UK

2009 • •

Jedd Novatt Sculpture, Espacio Alfa Arte, Eibar, Spain Jedd Novatt: Chaos Mundaka (permanent installation), Savannah College of Art & Design—Atlanta campus (SCAD-Atlanta), Atlanta GA (catalogue)

2008

• Jedd Novatt—Chaos, La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Dilgent, Roubaix, France (catalogue) •Jedd Novatt, Shkola Gallery, Moscow, Russia

• Jedd Novatt: Chaos Meteoro (permanent installation), Chatsworth House Trust, Derbyshire, UK

2007

2015

2006

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Jedd Novatt: Chaos Xaxis (permanent installation) & Chaos II, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT Jedd Novatt: Chaos Getaria (permanent installation), Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

2014

• Jedd Novatt: Chaos Susse, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK (catalogue) • Jedd Novatt: Chaos Sculpture, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK (catalogue) • Jedd Novatt: Sculpture and Works on Paper: Chaos Series, Kohn Hutter Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2005

• Jedd Novatt: Sculpture and Works on Paper, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

• Jedd Novatt, Monumental Works: Chaos Series, Chowaiki/Mosionzhnik Gallery, Miami, FL

2013

2004

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Jedd Novatt : Chaos SAS & Chaos Bizkaia (permanent installations), Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami FL Jedd Novatt: Sculpture and Objects, Galerie Diane de Polignac, Paris, France (catalogue) Jedd Novatt: Chaos Torre & Chaos Ritmo, Sponder Gallery, Miami, FL Jedd Novatt: Chaos Ábaco, Chaos Caliente, & Chaos Agosto, Lever House, New York, NY

2012 • • •

Jedd Novatt: Chaos Nervión (permanent installation),Bilbao Arts District, Campa de los Ingleses, City of Bilbao, Spain Jedd Novatt: Chaos, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK (catalogue) Jedd Novatt: Chaos Caliente & Chaos Agosto, Lever House, New York, NY

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• Jedd Novatt: Susse Series, Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti, Milan, Italy (catalogue)

2003

• Jedd Novatt, Sculpture, Noortman, Maastricht, Netherlands • Jedd Novatt, Susse Series, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (catalogue)

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Jedd Novatt, Sculpture: New Works, Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris, France (catalogue) Jedd Novatt, Sculpture: New Works, Blains Fine Art, London, UK (catalogue) Jedd Novatt, Sculpture: New Works, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (catalogue)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (CONT.) 2000

• Jedd Novatt Sculpture, Galerie Vedovi, Brussels, Belgium

1999

• Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Blains Fine Art, London, U.K. (catalogue) • Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX

1998

• Jedd Novatt, Sculpture, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York (catalogue) • Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates, Seattle, WA

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Sculpture and Works on Paper, Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX Jedd Novatt: Works on Paper, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY (catalogue) Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, CS Schulte Galleries, Millburn, NJ

1996

• Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (catalogue) • Jedd Novatt: Works on Paper, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY

1995

• Jedd Novatt: Works on Paper, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY

1994

• Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY (catalogue)

1993

• Jedd Novatt: Sculpture, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

1992

• Sculptures: Jedd Novatt, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 • TEFAF Maastricht.: Waddington Custot Gallery, Maastricht, 16–24 March • Spring Break: A Group Exhibition, Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, UAE. 18 March—30 July

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2018

2011

• FIAC Paris: Waddington Custot Gallery, Paris, France. 18–21 October • Art Basel Hong Kong: Waddington Custot Gallery. 29–31 March • Art Dubai: Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, UAE. 21–24 March

2017

• Black, White, Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai, UAE. 13 March—15 July

2016

• Abu Dhabi Art 2016, Custot Gallery Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE • Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK (catalogue) • The World Meets Here, Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai UAE

2015 • • • • • • •

Masterpiece London, Galerie Diane de Polignac, London, UK Art Basel Hong Kong: Marlborough Fine Art, Hong Kong Art Paris: Art Plural Gallery, Paris, France •From Earth and Metal: Contemporary Sculpture, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore Art Wynwood: Sponder Gallery, Miami, FL Perspectives: Art Plural Gallery, Singapore Dallas Art Fair: Sponder Gallery, Dallas, TX Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2014 • • • • • • • • • •

Beyond the Limited Life of Painting: Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL Masterpiece London: Galerie Diane de Polignac, London, UK The Salon, Art + Design: Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York, NY Gallery Artists: Art Plural Gallery, Singapore Art Miami: Chowaiki & Co., Miami, FL Art Southampton: Chowaiki & Co., Southampton, NY Art Southampton: Sponder Gallery,Southampton, NY Art Silicon Vally/San Francisco: Sponder Gallery, San Mateo, CA Art Stage Singapore 2014: Art Plural Gallery, Singapore Flux, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

2013

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Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK (catalogue) Masterpiece London: Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK Masterpiece London: Galerie Diane de Polignac, London, UK PAD-London: Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK The Salon, Art + Design: Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York, NY Design Days Dubai: Galerie Diane de Polignac, Dubai BRAFA: Galerie Diane de Polignac, Brussels, Belgium

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• PAD London: Hamiltons Gallery & Galerie Diane de Polignac, London, UK • The Salon: Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York, NY • Design Days Dubai: Galerie Diane de Polignac, Dubai • • • • • • • •

Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK (catalogue) Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA PAD London: Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK PAD New York: Galerie Diane de Polignac, New York, NY Monumental, Boca Raton, FL Parque Pinosolo, Leioa, Spain Permanent Collection, La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Roubaix, France Group Show, Leioa (Bizkaia), Spain

2010

• Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK (catalogue) • Eskultura eta Paisaia, Deba Breakwater, Deba, Spain (catalogue) • PAD London: Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK

2009 • • • •

Art Basel Miami: Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, Miami, FL Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK (catalogue) Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts, Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris, France ARCO-madrid: Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2008 • • •

Art Basel Miami: Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Miami, FL Beyond Limits 2008, Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK Significant Form: The Persistence of Abstraction, Maly Manege Museum, Moscow, Russia (catalogue) •Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK

2007

• Shkola Gallery, Moscow, Russia • Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK

2006 • • • •

Chowaiki/Mosionzhnik Gallery, Moscow, Russia Sculpture, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York Monumental Sculpture, Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Art in Public, Boca Raton, FL

2005

• Art Basel: Galerie Thomas, Basel, Switzerland •Art Basel Miami: Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Miami, FL •Galleria Benucci, Rome, Italy •L’Art contemporain dans le 8e arrondissement, Mairie du 8e, Paris, France


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (CONT.)

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

2001

The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

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Black & White, Blains Fine Art, London, UK Blains Fine Art, London, U.K. Welded Sculpture of the 20th Century, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (catalogue) Group Show, Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX Painting and Sculpture, CS Schulte Galleries, Millburn, NJ Contemporary 2000, London, UK

1999

• The Power of Drawing, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY • Inventory Showcase, Grant-Selwyn Galleries, New York, NY

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Anniversary Exhibition, CS Schulte Galleries, Millburn, NJ Works on Paper by 20th Century Artists, Blains Fine Art, London, UK Eighth Annual Warehouse Show, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN Abstraction II, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY Sculpture Selections from the Renaissance to the Present, Salander- O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY •Sculptors Draw, Rosenberg & Kaufman, New York, NY 1997 •Marking Time, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH Chatsworth House Trust, Derbyshire, UK City of Bilbao, Spain City of Rolle, Switzerland City of Yountville, Napa Valley, CA Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX Holding Capital Group, New York, NY Melville Industrial Associates, Melville, NY Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1996

Oklahoma Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, OK

• Selected Sculpture, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY

Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University,

1995

University Park, PA

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Group Show, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY Sculpture: Rand Hardy, Jedd Novatt, Lee Tribe, Isaac Witkin, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY Group Show, Marc de Montebello Fine Art, New York, NY Milton Avery, Wolf Kahn, Jedd Novatt, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY Abstracted Reality, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY •Works on Paper, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY •Winter Invitational, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA

1992

• Forum Gallery, New York, NY

1991

• Winter Invitational, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

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Sculptors’ Drawings, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NY Collector’s Choice of Emerging Artists, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY Invitational, Jersey City, NJ

Parco de’ Medici, Rome, Italy Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL The Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie André Dilgent, Roubaix, France Renaissance Technologies, New York, NY Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta GA SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI The Tisch Gallery, Tufts University, Medford, MA The University Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA The University of Pacific, Stockton, CA

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Chaos SAS

Stainless Steel Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL

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