The Tampa Museum of Art presents “Paul Jenkins: From America’s Heartland to an International Journey”—an exhibition representative of the artistic career of an Abstract Expressionist artist who altered the landscape of modern art. On view from February 9 to June 26, 2022, this exhibition draws from the holdings of the Haskell Collection in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jenkins Estate to look at the evolution of Paul Jenkins art from his large-scale paintings to works on paper.
The exhibition demonstrates how Paul Jenkins art groundbreaking techniques and imagery helped transform post-war painting. Jenkins found inspiration in his journeys around the world, particularly time spent in Japan. He is celebrated for his unorthodox approach to paint application. In the early 1950s and throughout his life, the artist worked with controlled paint pouring. This method allowed him to create layers of translucent color and render stark contrasts between light and dark.
The curatorial vision of this exhibition was a collaboration between Suzanne Jenkins; Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York; Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art; and Michael Tomor, the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art.
“Paul Jenkins” builds upon the exploration of American abstraction at TMA, which began in 2019 with the exhibition “Abstract Expressionism” and continued in 2020 with a retrospective of artist Frank Stella.
“I have long admired Jenkins’s art, but seeing his paintings through the lens of the Haskell Collection and the Jenkins Estate has offered me the opportunity to look at his exquisite paintings with fresh eyes,” Tomor said.
Twenty-five influential paintings highlight the artist’s career in the exhibition “Paul Jenkins: From America’s Heartland to an International Journey.” This exhibition traces the evolution of Jenkins’s oeuvre spanning almost sixty years of painting, from 1951 to 2007. Important early works, such as Egyptian Profile (1953), illustrate his unique technique of paint pouring on paper and canvas and foreshadow his lifelong exploration of light, color, and scale, as demonstrated by the paintings Phenomena Continental Divide (1979–80) and Phenomena Tibetan Estuary (1996). Viewed together, the paintings not only offer a glimpse into Jenkins’s creative practice but also reveal his experiences with nature and the world around him.
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