Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

Study for Jade

  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • Pencil, acrylic and vinyl polymer on Arches Watercolour 300lb rough paper (France)
  • 572 x 762mm
  • 2011/197
  • 1978

“The World Trade Towers […] were out my window and [are] now in my heart.” —Max Gimblett

Two vertical bars, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, were a dominant feature in the lower Bowery neighbourhood where Max had his studio for several decades. They towered above the city, and when they were attacked on 11 September 2001 Max watched the destruction from the rooftop of his Bowery studio. In this work, the flat, geometric yellow and red bars of the towers are set against a lively vortex of jade green.

(Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, 1 August – 15 November 2020)