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Max Gimblett, The Holy Grail, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 90 x 90".

Max Gimblett

Gary Snyder Gallery

Max Gimblett, The Holy Grail, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 90 x 90".

This was New Zealand–born, New York–based Max Gimblett’s first solo show in several years, and his first at this gallery. It included thirty-three paintings produced in the past nine years, canvases dense with associations that spanned the globe. They revealed, among other interests, the artist’s familiarity with Japanese calligraphy, Jungian psychology, and the practice of Buddhism.

Gimblett’s palette is one reason the works resonate so widely. Fluorescent, explosive colors, such as fuchsia and acid green, call to mind Warhol’s screenprints. Incandescent gold and red suggest Tibetan Buddhist paintings. And saturated, primary hues applied in broad brushstrokes evoke Barnett Newman and Willem de Kooning. Throughout, zigzags and twisted, centrifugal ellipses coalesce—dissonant spatial forms juxtaposed with one another.

A different set of associations is conjured by the shape of

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