600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215 629 1000
Founded in 1968, Locks Gallery actively represents an international group of critically respected contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The exhibition program is a diverse combination of fresh perspectives on 20th century masters, showcases of Philadelphia talent, and new bodies of work from a core group of acclaimed mid-career artists. With a sustained commitment to contextualizing the work exhibited, the gallery regularly publishes illustrated catalogs and monographs with scholarly essays and hosts public programs such as artist talks, panel discussions, and gallery walkthroughs. A collaboration with the artist or their estate is at the core of each exhibition, allowing the gallery to present original programming. The staff cultivates long-standing relationships with individuals and institutions, fostering a new climate for contemporary art collecting in the city of Philadelphia. Locks Gallery was founded in 1968 as the Marian Locks Gallery and became known for building a national audience for the work of living Philadelphia artists. Now under the direction of Sueyun Locks, the gallery continues to highlight local talent with a strong focus on women artists, alongside national and international artists.



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
Jane Irish
Virgil Marti
Sarah McEneaney
John Moore
Elizabeth Osborne
Warren Rohrer
David Row
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

 

 
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
David Row, Zen Road Signs, 2017
Jennifer Bartlett, Installation 2017
Gallery Facade, 600 Washington Square South, Philadelphia
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Past Exhibitions

Jane Irish
Architectures of Resistance
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

April 6, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Jennifer Bartlett
House (1977- 2007)
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

April 6, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Neysa Grassi
The Beginning of Everything
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

February 22, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Lynda Benglis
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

February 22, 2018 - March 31, 2018
Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition surveying wall-bound sculpture by Lynda Benglis, featuring brand new works (2017) in handmade paper alongside earlier cast-paper sculptures and pleated metal forms from the 1980s.

Thoms Chimes
Alchemy Machine
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

January 12, 2018 - February 17, 2018
Locks Gallery proudly presents Alchemy Machine, a new installation of work by Thomas Chimes (1921-2009). The exhibition includes works from his metal box construction series and late white paintings, surveying the breadth of his uniquely mystical practice, and delving ever further into his references, resonances, and obsessions. Synthesizing sacred geometries with 20th century avant-garde literature, Chimes remained largely isolated from contemporary art circles over the course of his long career in Philadelphia, working with a singular intensity that is perhaps best ascribed to the archetype of the hermetic alchemist.

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.

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.

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

August 4, 2017 - September 30, 2017

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.

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.