In 2011 Max Gimblett exhibited The Word of God: The Sound of One Hand a solo exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA.
Curated by Museum Director Eric Shiner The Word of God exhibition examined major world religions and their texts through the lens of contemporary art. Max Gimblett: The Sound of One Hand was the fourth exhibition in the series and represented Buddhism, amongst Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
As Max Gimblett’s primary dealer we are pleased to be showing a selection of works from the exhibition. All of the works shown here were chosen by Gary Langsford from the exhibition at the Warhol Museum in 2011. These works are on show at an offsite location in Auckland as part of our ongoing Pop-Up gallery initiatives for one night only, Thursday 12 April, 2012 following which they will be available for viewing by appointment only. Contact us for more information.
MAX GIMBLETT ON THE WARHOL EXPERIENCE
First of all I'd like to say how great it was to have Gary and Vicki with me to celebrate in Pittsburgh for the opening of the exhibition. Gary was stunned by the installation and instantly decided to show a selection in Auckland as soon as he could.
Eric Shiner, Director of the Warhol Museum, chose me to be a part of this suite of solo exhibitions, The Word of God, to represent Buddhism, in amongst Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It was an honor for me.
I and my team in New York, Matt, Giovanni, and Kristen, worked hard for months and months and came up with these paintings.
I had met Warhol one evening at an opening in New York. He was with Mick Jagger, who I also met. I always felt a deep connection to Warhol's works and his practicing Christianity. Warhol was a devout Catholic, going to church most days, and working in the soup kitchens on high holidays. He is an exemplary artist and one whose stature grows and deepens as time emerges.
It is my practice to work in hybrid models, one painting suggesting another, a group of paintings suggesting a new group, ever changing, ever sensitive to the audience's response, ever sensitive to the unconscious urgings of the soul.
I hope you enjoy these works and thank you very much indeed for coming and being a part of this experience. And again, I thank Gary Langsford and John Gow for being my Champions over all these long years. (Max Gimblett, 2012)