WAYNE NOWACK | THE ALCHEMY BENEATH THE ZODIAC IS THE FERMENT ABOVE DESCARTES
1923 - 2004
THE ALCHEMY BENEATH THE ZODIAC IS THE FERMENT ABOVE DESCARTES
signed and dated 1968
found objects in artist's wooden frame
21 by 15 in. (53.3 by 38.1 cm)
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. All elements are present and stable. There is faint wear, which is inherent to the age and nature of the artist's found medium. There is stable separation to the corners of the artist's frame. Framed under glass.
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New York, Allan Stone Projects, Sorcery & Craft, January - February 2017
Nowack’s career began with zany box constructions, collages and ink drawings which employ an “everything but the kitchen sink” mentality, merged with the emotion and materiality of the ‘60s era. These cerebral explorations gave way to more pastoral pen drawings, watercolors and canvases of the natural world, reminiscent of American Regionalist painters like Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield. The rigor and density of Nowack’s work mirrors that of Allan Stone’s collection and gallery program, who represented the artist from 1961-1981. Nowack received a Danforth Foundation Grant in 1963 and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1973. He has been exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Rose Museum at Brandeis University. His work is in the collections of the Fort Worth Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Williams College, Skidmore College, and Yale University, as well as the Joseph Hirshhorn Collection.