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New Zealand

Max Gimblett

Wystan Curnow

MAX GIMBLETT, Moon Vessel, 1997-98, gesso, black clay, water-gilded silver and lacquer on wood panel, 131 x 235 cm.

Max Gimblett paints on deep, shaped stretchers. He began, about twenty years ago, with large circles - the 80-inch-diameter Zen stays in the mind - and moved to his trademark quatrefoil soon after. From here there grew a vocabulary of shapes, which changed the code by which the works were to be read. Painting's standard rectangle lost its semiotic innocence, joining the rest as just…

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