Artist: Maggi Hambling
Title: Maggi Hambling: Real time
Essay: An Ocean Apart. Who Is Maggi Hambling? by Sarah Wilson and Maggi Hambling: On the Edge by James Cahill
Publisher: Marlborough Gallery, Inc.
Book Format: Hardcover, 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches, 71 pages, 28 color plates
This catalogue is published on the occasion of Real time, the long overdue New York solo debut of the celebrated British painter, Maggi Hambling.
The exhibition comprises paintings produced throughout the last decade, drawn predominantly from the artist’s Edge, animal, and Wall of water series. The artist’s most recent Edge paintings depict mountains and polar wastes through bold accumulations of indigo and white. In a sequence of smaller paintings, wild animals are realized in states of movement or flux—alive with predatory energy, wracked with torment, or edging slowly towards death. Close in appearance to ink drawings, these works combine empathy with outrage. Similarly, the Wall of water cycle (2010-2012) conveys a dual sense of aliveness and disintegration. Depicting explosions of water inspired by the experience of watching waves crash into a concrete sea wall, these large-scale works were created in the wake of the death of one of the artist’s close friends.
The fully illustrated catalogue features essays by Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Courtauld Institute, and James Cahill, Professor of Classics at King’s College London.