Joe Zucker (b. 1941, Chicago) has
consistently for over four decades been one of America's most innovative
artists. From the Seventies, Zucker experimented with what has become his
signature technique: canvases composed by cotton balls rolled in paint.
Resulting in a highly textured surface reminiscent of mosaic, this technique
radically transforms the surface of the canvas and challenges the “flatness”.
Zucker, like Robert Ryman, was and remains acutely focused on building a
painting out of painting’s most basic means and materials: the visible
interaction of the painting tool, the application of paint, the materiality and
shape of the support. Throughout his extensive career, Zucker has
exhibited alongside artists such as Agnes Martin and Brice Marden at the
pioneering Bykert Gallery in the 1960s, and later with dealer Holly Solomon,
who was well known for her support of new and experimental mediums.
Zucker’s work is in extensive public collections
including: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Gallery of
Victoria in Melbourne, The New Museum in New York, The New York Philadelphia
Museum of Art in Philadelphia, The Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, The Whitney
Museum of American Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York and many others.