Max Gimblett—Bio and CV - PDF


Short Bio

1935—Born, Auckland, New Zealand.
1956-57, 1959-61—Travels in Europe.
1962-64—Worked as a potter, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1964—Studies drawing, Ontario College of Art, Toronto; Marries Barbara Kirshenblatt.
1965—Studies painting, San Francisco Art Institute, California; Lives and works in San Francisco, CA, studies painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.
1967-70    Lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana.
1970-72    Lives and works in Austin, Texas.
1972—Moves to New York City; Visits New Zealand.
1974—Meets Len Lye.
1977—Begins yearly visits to New Zealand.
1979—Becomes dual American and New Zealand Citizen.
1983-2011—Studies psychology at the C.G. Jung Foundation, New York.
1983-84—Travels to Japan, India and Kenya.
1989—National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C., Painting Fellowship; Founds Jade Studio, New York and Auckland (with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett).
1990—Appointed Trustee of the Len Lye Foundation, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
1991—Residency, The Rockefeller Foundation, Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy; Meets Lewis Hyde.
1991-92—J. Paul Getty Associate, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica; Lives in Santa Monica and works in Los Angeles, CA
1991—Travels to India and Japan.
1992—Inaugural Artist in Residence, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
1996—Travels to Jerusalem, Israel.
1997—Travels to Cambodia and Burma.
2001—Appointed Special Patron of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, Brisbane, Australia.
2002—First monograph written by John Yau and Wystan Curnow published by Craig Potton Publishing in association with Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Residency with Lewis Hyde, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, Oxherding Project.
2003—Traveled to Mexico.
2004—Artist in residence Auckland University, Elam School of Fine Art.
2005—“The Brush of All Things,” a film made by the Auckland Art Gallery, directed by Roger Taberner.
2006—Appointed to the honorary position of Inaugural Visiting Professor to the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Auckland University, Auckland; New Zealand Took Refuge in the Buddha’s Precepts at the San Francisco Zen Center.
2007—Monotype Project, Smith Anderson Editions, Palo Alto, CA.
2008—Gow Langsford Gallery publishes screen prints (and 2016, 2017, 2019); Laila Foundation Artist in Residence at HuiPress, Maui, HI.
2009—Augusta Award, Auckland Grammar, Auckland, NZ.
2010—Appointed Inaugural Special Artist Patron, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
2011—Appointed Benefactor of Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand Old Boy of the Year Award. King’s School, Auckland, New Zealand.
2015—Appointed Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday Honors.
2017—Honorary Doctorate bestowed by The University of Waikato for contributions as an artist, scholar, teacher and philanthropist.
2019—Honorary Doctorate bestowed by Auckland University of Technology for outstanding and sustained contribution to the advancement of the arts in New Zealand.


Gimblett currently lives and works in Auckland and New York City.

Selected Recent Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "The Path of Light"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown and Christchurch. (Forthcoming)
Page Gallery, Wellington. (Forthcoming)

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. "juggernaut"
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch. (Forthcoming)
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown and Christchurch. (Forthcoming)
Page Gallery, Wellington. Works on Paper.

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "Many Worlds"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown & Christchurch. "Asia and the Pacific"
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. "Creation"
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. "The Window"

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "Sunset Moon"

Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “The River”
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “The Garden of Delights”
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand. “The Art of Remembrance”

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. “The Art of Remembrance”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “One Day in the Afternoon of the Gods”
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “50 Years of Drawing”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. "New Paintings"
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand. “ The Universe: Max Gimblett”

St. David’s Church, Auckland. “The Art of Remembrance”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Sea of Dragons”
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “The Rising Sun”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Paradise Valley”

Kashya Hildebrand, London. “Love Conquers All”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “The Gold Thread”
Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Heavenly Creatures”
The Village Zendo, New York. “boundless way”

Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “On A Clear Day”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “All That Is”

Gary Snyder Gallery, New York. “Max Gimblett—The Holy Grail”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Ballad of the South Pacific”    
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "Max Gimblett—New Works on Paper"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. "Max Gimblett—New York, New York"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Damien Hirst / Max Gimblett—The Beauty and Brutality of Fact”

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. “The Word of God” curated by Eric Shiner
Kenyon College, Kenyon, Ohio. “Oxherding - in collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” (catalog)
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “on the shores of infinity”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Perfect Mirror”

Japan Society, New York. “Oxherding—in collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
ICA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. “Animal Speaking—a collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
Saatchi & Saatchi, New York. “Graceland” (catalog)
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Pacific Shrine” (catalog)

Haines Gallery, San Francisco. “The Night Sun”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “full fathom five”     
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “white stone clear water”


Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. "Between Them: An Insallation Composed of Drawings"

Jason McCoy Gallery, New York. "Artist Books by Edizioni Canopo"
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch. “Untitled #1050”
Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, New Zealand. "The 80s Show"

Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch. “Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "Celebrating 30 Years"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Christchurch. "Pacific Rim: Abstraction from the South Pacific"
Central Booking, New York City. "Icons in Ash: Death in Art". Curated by Heide Hatry & Maddy Rosenberg
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. “Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, the Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby.

Gow Langsford Gallery, Christchurch. "Just Another F***ing Art Gallery"

Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. “Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery”
Columbia Rare book & Manuscript Library, New York.  Granary Books: The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary BooksMelanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. “Max Gimblett, Gavin Hurley, Martin Poppelwell & Emily Wolfe—Group Show”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Artist Catalogue”
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, New York. “2015 Annual Gala”

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand. “Dark Arts: Twenty Years of the Holloway Press”
Kashya Hildebrand, Seoul. “Korea International Art Fair” Kashya Hildebrand, Miami. “Scope Miami”
Kashya Hildebrand, Abu Dhabi. “Abu Dhabi Art”
Kashya Hildebrand, Istanbul. “CI Contemporary Istanbul”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Spring Catalogue”

Gow Langsford Gallery, Christchurch. W.T Macalister’s Auction house, “Group Show”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “2013 Catalog Exhibition”

Gary Snyder Gallery, Miami Project, Miami Beach, Florida. Dalhousle Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Unbound: An Exhibition in three chapters,” curated by Heide Hatry.
The Atlantic Conference, Brooklyn, New York. "The Final Frontier," organized by Matt Jones.
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. "Editions"
Jacks Point, Queenstown, New Zealand. "Group Exhibition"

80 WSE, New York, NY. "80 WSE Presents" curated by Peter Campus, Michael Cohen, Edward Holland, and Hugh O'Rourke.
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. "Permanent Collection"
Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA. “One Of A Kind - an exhibition of unique artist’s books” curated by Heide Hatry (catalog)
Gow Langsford Gallery. “The Green Bicycle” (book launch)
Gow Langsford Gallery. “Spring Catalog 2011” (catalog)

The Drawing Center, New York. “Drawing Gifts - 7th Annual Benefit Auction”
Center for Book Arts, New York. “Poems & Pictures, A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946-1981),” curated by Kyle Schlesinger
John Leech Gallery, Auckland. “New Zealand Masters: Cotton, Goldie, Gimblett, Walters, Hotere, Woollaston, Frizzell, Angus and Wero Taroi”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Spring Catalog Exhibition”
QUT Art Museum, Brisbane. “Zen to Kawaii: the Japanese affect”
The Suter, Nelson, New Zealand. “West East”

Guggenheim Museum, New York.  “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989,” curated by Alexandra Munroe (January 30-April 19)
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “The New Zealand Room”