600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215 629 1000
Founded in 1968, Locks Gallery represents an international group of critically respected modern and contemporary artists in a landmark building on Washington Square in Philadelphia, PA



Artists Represented:
Ann Agee
the Estate of Edna Andrade
Polly Apfelbaum
Jennifer Bartlett
Lynda Benglis
Kate Bright
the Estate of Thomas Chimes
Neysa Grassi
Ellen Harvey
Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib
Orit Hofshi
Jane Irish
Jun Kaneko
Virgil Marti
Sarah McEneaney
John Moore
Elizabeth Osborne
Warren Rohrer
Pat Steir
Eve Sussman
Rob Wynne
Yeesookyung
Works Available By:
Richard Artschwager
Donald Baechler
Louise Bourgeois
Alexander Calder
Willem de Kooning
Nancy Graves
Howard Hodgkin
Ralph Humphrey
Bryan Hunt
Alex Katz
Ray Metzker
Robert Motherwell
Elizabeth Murray
Alice Neel
Louise Nevelson
Isamu Noguchi
Robert Rauschenberg
the Estate of George Segal
Alyson Shotz
Frank Stella
Betty Woodman
Robert Rahway Zakanitch
and others

 

 
Gallery Facade, 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia
Ellen Harvey, Arcadia, 2012 Installation Shot
Lynda Benglis, Everything Flows Installation shot, 2013
Jennifer Bartlett, In the Garden installation shot, 2014
Polly Apfelbaum and Lynda Benglis, Free Fall Installation Shot, 2015
Louise Nevelson, Symphony of Ambient Forms Installation Image, 2016
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Current Exhibition

Warren Rohrer
Passages in White Light
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

October 6, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Warren Rohrer’s white paintings, which span from the 1970s and early 1990s, reflect a facet of his work focused on fusing light and matter through paint. His atmospheric abstractions with series titles such as White Shift, White Drift, and Passage, respond to continuously shifting light conditions and the perceptual effects of seasonal cycles and changes in the landscape. Art historical precedents including Robert Rauschenberg’s monochrome White Paintings from 1951 and Robert Ryman's Minimalist experiments with white paint beginning in the 1960s, provide interesting counterpoints to understanding the range and function of white as a painterly medium. On view together for the first time, Rohrer’s “white” paintings were made at different times throughout the artist's career and, by comparison, are hardly white at all. In his work, the Pennsylvania painter analyzed the natural colors of flora he picked up on walks in the Wissahickon woods and fields in Lancaster county, as well as flecks of white bark, snow-covered branches, and spontaneous patterns in nature. Often using tiny repetitive strokes across wide swaths of canvas, Rohrer’s idiosyncratic yet systematic method of mark-making tracks infinitesimal variations of light and incremental shifts in the surface and texture of his paintings. White becomes not a color itself per se but a conduit for color to emerge and move through the field of vision.

 
Upcoming Exhibitions

Louise Nevelson
Collages
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

November 3, 2017 - December 30, 2017
This exhibition features a survey of collages from the 1970s, in which she utilizes materials such as metallic paper, newsprint, cardboard, paint and wood. These works represent Nevelson’s accomplishments in creating intimate and complex compositions.

David Row
Zen Road Signs
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

October 20, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to announce Zen Road Signs, an exhibition of new large scale paintings by NY-based artist David Row. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 20th. In dialogue with the trajectory of abstract painting in New York, including artists such as Frank Stella and Robert Mangold, Row breaks down the elemental language of abstraction and traditional components of painterly syntax, combining ideas from the modern tradition with the burgeoning influence of semiotics in the 1980s. Born in Maine in 1951, David Row grew up outside New Haven, CT. He received his BFA from Yale in 1972 and, after a year studying Indian music in Calcutta, returned there to complete his MFA. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1975. Zen Road Signs, marks David Row’s second solo show at the gallery. In Zen Road Signs, Row’s symbols of infinity and juncture, ellipses and exes (which have appeared in various forms throughout the artist’s oeuvre), are cropped, flipped, and inverted into complex compositions. Acting as abstract “signs,” these distorted fragments signal the intersectional space of perception. Row’s modular motifs, interrupted by bright lines of fluorescent pigment, hard-angle edges and the vertical seams of joined canvases, rupture traditional Euclidean frameworks and transform the illusory two-dimensional painted plane into a multi-perspectival infinite space.

 
Past Exhibitions

Elizabeth Osborne
Reflections: Painting Memory
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

September 1, 2017 - October 14, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to debut a new group of paintings by renowned Philadelphia painter Elizabeth Osborne. Reflections: Painting Memory is emblematic of the artist’s prolific fifty-year career; Osborne’s signature style presents itself in scenes of daily life - views from her Brandywine St. studio, figures of friends, family, and mentors, and still lives of her home. These recent works embody Osborne’s longstanding investigation into the luminous quality of paint, marking the artist’s return to subject matter as she reflects on her extensive artistic practice and personal experiences.

Jennifer Bartlett
Pastels
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

August 4, 2017 - September 16, 2017
In its third floor works-on-paper gallery, Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of pastels by Jennifer Bartlett, created between 2001 and 2013. A selection of works from Bartlett's Parrot Cay, Amagansett, and Nevis series explore the artist’s natural surroundings, examining her continuous interest in representational drawing and painting as an investigational tool.

Abstraction: Resistance and Persistence
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

August 4, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Polly Apfelbaum
Summer of Love
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

July 7, 2017 - July 28, 2017
The artist’s lush, intensely hued colors, characteristic of every phase of her work is a constant, conceptual thread for Apfelbaum. Color is escalated in even more provocative registers in the new and recent works on paper. Fittingly her titles have a reference point in Robert Indiana's Love sculpture in Philadelphia’s “Love Park”.

Yeesookyung
Translated Vase
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

May 19, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of the Korean artist Yeesookyung, on view May 19 through June 30. The multi-discipline artist, who is a participant in the main exhibition, Viva Arte Viva of the 2017 Venice Biennale, works in moving image, installation, painting and sculpture. The Locks exhibit explores works in two and three dimensions that follow the recent developments in her ongoing series, Translated Vases. Begun in 2001, Yee describes her approach to the series as that of a “matchmaker”, creating organic, “grafted” structures from discarded pieces of Joseon-style ceramics deemed imperfect by potters.

Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib
Dark Light
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

May 12, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to present Dark Light, an exhibition of film, photography and immersive light and sound by artist duo Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib.

Rob Wynne
Invisible Reality
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

April 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017
For his fourth solo show at the gallery, Wynne will exhibit work across a range of mediums, including large-scale poured and mirrored glass wall abstractions, canvases of baroque imagery embroidered with words, photographic scenes of a magician’s act, and an abundance of glitter. Seduced by dynamic and mesmerizing [continued on reverse] Rob Wynne, Silver Escape, 2017, poured and mirrored glass, 28 x 24 inches elements, the viewer enters his world and sees oneself reflected in it, through metallic finishes and mirrored glass sculpture. Recurrent in Wynne’s work is this notion of self-awareness— both physically thorough the viewer’s visual reflection as well as psychologically on a deeper, introspective level.

Jennifer Bartlett, James Havard, Ralph Humphrey, Elizabeth Murray, Joanna Pousette-Dart, David Row, and Richard Tuttle.
Shape Paintings
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

April 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to present Shape Paintings, featuring Jennifer Bartlett, James Havard, Ralph Humphrey, Elizabeth Murray, Joanna Pousette-Dart, David Row, and Richard Tuttle. This exhibition brings together works that span the several decades of painting - challenging the traditional, rectilinear, sharp-cornered canvas to create a playful evolution of color and form.

Jennifer Bartlett
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

February 21, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of plate paintings from a formative period of Jennifer Bartlett’s career. Dating from 1969-1977, the paintings all adhere to a 1-foot square, gridded plate format, yet Bartlett’s experimentational approach is reflected by their varying sequencing and number of plates. A new, comprehensive catalogue of the artist’s 1970s plate painting and studies, including works in museum collections, accompanies the exhibit. These serial works, each with imagery derived from individual dots on steel plates, develop a rich progression that conjures up the essence of Kandinsky’s influential 1926 essay entitled Point and Line to Plane, Kandinsky’s essay maps out a philosophical blueprint for Bartlett in the 1970s. Bartlett’s evolving subject and sequencing culminated in Rhapsody, a 987-plate painting and seminal work created in 1975- 1976.

Edna Andrade
Symmetries
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

February 3, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Image: Edna Andrade, Winter Veils, 1973, acrylic on canvas.

Jennifer Bartlett
In the Garden: Works on Paper
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

November 19, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Inspired by her stay at a villa in Nice, France, in 1979–80, Jennifer Bartlett embarked on an ambitious freehand drawing project comprising nearly 200 unique perspectives of the villa's garden, experimenting with countless modes of representation and psychologically-charged re-imaginings of the surroundings. After celebrated exhibitions of this body of work, Bartlett began an equally riveting series of paintings using serial perspectives of the same scene. On view in our third floor gallery is a selection of prints and drawings from In the Garden.

Louise Nevelson
Symphony of Ambient Forms
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

November 4, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Symphony of Ambient Forms celebrates Nevelson’s dexterity across her chosen mediums of assemblage and collage, highlighting her pioneering use of materials and the breadth of complex forms she so deftly wove into her sculptures. This exhibition features large-scale stacked box constructions, wall reliefs and plywood-backed collages.

Warren Rohrer
Pulse, Shift, Paint, Drift
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

September 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016
Celebrating the release of the new monograph Warren Rohrer by David Carrier. Available at Locks Gallery and through the D.A.P. (www.artbook.com).

Sarah McEneaney
When You Wish
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

August 26, 2016 - October 8, 2016
Image: When You Wish, 2015, acrylic on linen, 48 1/2 x 72 1/2 in.

Tim Portlock
Ash and Gold
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

June 3, 2016 - July 15, 2016
Image: Memorial, 2015, archival pigment print, 54 x 72 in.