Ward Jackson
A Survey of Five Decades
January 6 - February 25, 2012
Monday - Saturday or by appointment 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday, January 6, 2012 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Ward Jackson, A Survey of Five Decades



David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present A Survey of Five Decades, a retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawings and sketches by Ward Jackson (1928-2004).

Ward Jackson was an abstract painter who studied briefly with Hans Hoffman; befriended Hilla Rebay, the curator of the Guggenheim Museum, which led to his position with that institution; attracted the attention of painter and critic George L.K. Morris; and was a member of the group of American Abstract Artists. Inspired by Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers, his earlier gestural work from the1950s was replaced in the 1960s by simple reductive compositions comprised of hard-edged geometric shapes on square or diamond shaped canvases, which became his signature style and best known work. As a result of that transition, he showed a group of black and white diamond paintings in 1964 at the Kay Mar Gallery alongside artwork by Jo Baer, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Robert Ryman, and Frank Stella in what became a seminal exhibition with respect to the early development of minimalism. Jackson had a parallel career of nearly 40 years as the archivist at the Guggenheim Museum where he worked along side Dan Flavin and other notable artists. Pursuing his passion for the New York art scene, he teamed up with publisher Roger Peskin and photographer Paul Katz in 1969 to create ART NOW New York. The publication documented the current local gallery exhibitions with photographs and statements from the exhibiting artists, which included Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Smithson and other artists whose art became legendary. Eventually, the publication evolved into ART NOW Gallery Guide.

Jackson exhibited widely in NYC and throughout the United States as well as in exhibitions in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, and Japan. His paintings and drawings can be found in numerous public collections including: The National Museum of American Art Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., Museum of Modern Art, NY, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, N.Y., The Brooklyn Museum of Art, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, CA, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University MA, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Va., Edward Albee Collection, British Museum, London, and in Germany at the Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, the Museum Morsbruch, Leverkusen, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall and a bio written by Julian Jackson—his nephew—and Rene Lynch. Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator, essayist and critic who contributes to many publications in the United States and abroad. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1982 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews. Stephen Westfall is a painter widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, critic, and professor at Bard College. His writing has appeared in Art in America, Vogue, The New York Times, Arts, Art News, the Partisan Review, and the New Criterion. The catalogue will also be available on-line.

 

 

 

 

 


Exhibited Work

Arabesque Ward Jackson
Arabesque
Oil on canvas
1954-56
20 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC11 Watercolor on paper ca 1956-57 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC11
Watercolor on paper
ca 1956-57
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC8 Watercolor on paper ca 1968 15 x 22 at avid Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC8
Watercolor on paper
ca 1968
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 6 Mixed media on paper ca 1987-91 4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 6
Mixed media on paper
ca 1987-91
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 5 Mixed media on paper ca 1968-70 4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 5
Mixed media on paper
ca 1968-70
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 4 Mixed media on paper ca 1968-70 4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 4
Mixed media on paper
ca 1968-70
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 3 Ink on paper ca 2001 4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 3
Ink on paper
ca 2001
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 2 Ink on paper ca 1965-67 _4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 2
Ink on paper
ca 1965-67
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - Drawing Book 1 Mixed media on paper ca 1986 4 x 6 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 1
Mixed media on paper
ca 1986
4 x 6 inches
 
Untitled - Drawing Book 8 Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 8
Mixed media on paper
ca 1983-85
4 x 6 inches
 
Untitled - Drawing Book 9 Ward Jackson
Untitled - Drawing Book 9
Mixed media on paper
ca 1980
4 x 6 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC10 Watercolor on paper ca 1956-57 15 x 22 at david Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC10
Watercolor on paper
ca 1956-57
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Jasper_s Fishing Ground Watercolor on paper ca 1972 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Jasper's Fishing Ground
Watercolor on paper
ca 1972
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC2 Watercolor on paper ca 1956-57 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC2
Watercolor on paper
ca 1956-57
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC1 Watercolor on paper ca 1956-57 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC1
Watercolor on paper
ca 1956-57
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC3 Watercolor on paper ca 1956-57 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC3
Watercolor on paper
ca 1956-57
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC6 Watercolor on paper ca 1970 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC6
Watercolor on paper
ca 1970
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC5 Watercolor on paper 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC5
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC4 Watercolor on paper 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC4
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled - WC9 Watercolor on paper 15 x 22 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled - WC9
Watercolor on paper
15 x 22 inches
 
Ward Jackson Chord Acrylic on canvas 1990 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Chord
Acrylic on canvas
1990
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Transit Series _6 Acrylic on canvas 1983-85 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Transit Series #6
Acrylic on canvas
1983-85
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Passage Series _4 Acrylic on canvas 1986-88 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Passage Series #4
Acrylic on canvas
1986-88
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson St. Martin Acrylic on canvas 1983 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
St. Martin
Acrylic on canvas
1983
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Cross Series Orange Over Blue Acrylic on canvas 1981 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Cross Series Orange Over Blue
Acrylic on canvas
1981
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Cross Series Green Over Violet Acrylic on canvas 1981 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Cross Series Green Over Violet
Acrylic on canvas
1981
24 x 24 inches
 
Ward Jackson Vertical Acrylic on canvas 1972-76 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Vertical
Acrylic on canvas
1972-76
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Chords-Manhattan Acrylic on canvas 1972-76 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Chords-Manhattan
Acrylic on canvas
1972-76
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Untitled Oil on canvas 1957-58 59 1_2 x 37 1_2 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Untitled
Oil on canvas
1957-58
59 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches
 
Ward Jackson Lighthouse Oil on canvas 1957-58 48 1_2 x 24 1_2 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Lighthouse
Oil on canvas
1957-58
48 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches
 
Ward Jackson Metamorphosis Oil on canvas ca 1950 46 x 31 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Metamorphosis
Oil on canvas
ca 1950
46 x 31 inches
 
Untitled Ward Jackson
Untitled
Oil on canvas
1955
16 x 20 inches
 
Ward Jackson Phoenix Oil on canvas 1950 36 x 50 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Phoenix
Oil on canvas
1950
36 x 50 inches
 
Composition with Black and White Ward Jackson
Composition with Black and White
Oil on canvas
1952
24 x 30 inches
 
Composition with Black and White Ward Jackson
Composition with Black and White
Oil on canvas
ca 1952
24 x 30 inches
 
Ward Jackson Virginia River Series - Chincoteague Acrylic on linen 1970 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Virginia River Series - Chincoteague
Acrylic on linen
1970
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Virginia River Series - Powhatan Acrylic on linen 1970 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Virginia River Series - Powhatan
Acrylic on linen
1970
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Virginia River Series - Chincoteague_Matoala Acrylic on linen 1970 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Virginia River Series - Chincoteague/Matoala
Acrylic on linen
1970
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Virginia River Series - Winona Acrylic on linen 1971 36 x 36 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Virginia River Series - Winona
Acrylic on linen
1971
36 x 36 inches
 
Ward Jackson Interchange V - Black and White Acrylic on canvas ca 1963 37 x 37 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Interchange V - Black and White
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1963
37 x 37 inches
 
Ward Jackson Homage to JFK Acrylic on canvas ca 1963 37 x 37 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Homage to JFK
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1963
37 x 37 inches
 
Ward Jackson Parallel Point _1 Acrylic on canvas ca 1963 37 x 37 at David Richard Gallery Ward Jackson
Parallel Point #1
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1963
37 x 37 inches
 
Point and Line to Plane (Black and White _9) Ward Jackson
Point and Line to Plane (Black and White #9)
Acrylic on canvas
ca 1963
37 x 37 inches