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Max Gimblett: Leaves of Grass

Max Gimblett, ‘Ascension’, 2011/12/18/19, ink, pencil and various metal leaves on Arches 300lb watercolour paper, 580mm x 765mm
30 May 2020 to 20 Jun 2020
Monday-Friday, 10am-5.30pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm
Page Galleries is delighted to present works on paper from Max Gimblett's archive
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Page Galleries
42 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011


Max Gimblett's exhibition Leaves of Grass (30 May - 20 June) features a selection of works on paper from Gimblett’s archive. The exhibition borrows its title from his work of the same name which in turn recalls a collection of poetry by American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). While the first edition of Leaves of Grass was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his life writing and re-writing the collection. This process of lifelong revision resulted in vastly different editions published over four decades—with the first a small book of just twelve poems and the last, a compilation of over four hundred.

Gimblett himself is constantly revising, revisiting. In these works we see the familiar motif of the quatrefoil, the wheel; subjects Gimblett returns to again and again, each repetition lending new life to their form. And like Whitman, whose poem I Sing the Body Electric exalts the human body and its relation to the soul, Gimblett aligns the mind and body through his practice, drawing on philosophies of Zen Buddhism rather than the traditional western division of mind-body dualism.

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Page Galleries

20 May 2020

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