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Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:)

An abstract painting covered with a complex striped background overlaid with red brushstrokes and twisted CAPTCHA characters that read jHΩ1:)

This fall, the Wexner Center will devote its galleries to the first large-scale museum exhibition of vanguard abstract painter Jacqueline Humphries.

A maverick figure in New York’s downtown scene, Humphries has reworked and revitalized the language of abstract painting over a career that has covered four decades and multiple transformations in style. The Wex’s presentation will focus on the past seven years, highlighting the importance of digital communications and online culture to Humphries’s evolving practice. Guest curated by Mark Godfrey, the exhibition features dozens of paintings, including a new multipanel installation—her largest to date—created in response to the center’s iconic postmodernist architecture.

Incorporating the QWERTY keyboard as a means of generating abstract form, some paintings feature emoticons, emoji, kaomoji, and CAPTCHA. Humphries produces others by scanning her earlier works, translating them into ASCII character code, and using stencils created from the results as the basis for new paintings.

The exhibition will also feature Humphries’s recent work exploring the visual language of corporate logos; her black light paintings, made with fluorescent paints to be presented in a darkened space; and a selection of protest sign paintings. These invoke art’s long history as a medium of dissent as well as the uprisings that have increasingly shaped modern politics. For this presentation, Humphries, Godfrey, and the Wex team have fixed on and multiplied the wedge shape of architect Peter Eisenman’s design of the center, creating semidiscrete galleries within galleries.

Watch for further details about upcoming programs, including a fall exhibition opening (September 17) featuring a conversation between Humphries and guest curator Mark Godfrey; a free talk by Godfrey titled “Where Does Art Lie?” (October 4); and a performative dialogue between Humphries and artist and writer Felix Bernstein (October 27).

Jacqueline Humphries
jHΩ1:), 2018 (detail)
Oil on linen
114 x 127 in.
The Abrishamchi Family Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
© Jacqueline Humphries
Photo: Jason Mandella

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"Few painters today engage with the challenges of new technology as persuasively as Jacqueline Humphries."
An abstract painting covered with a complex striped background overlaid with red brushstrokes and twisted CAPTCHA characters that read jHΩ1:)

Jacqueline Humphries, jHΩ1:), 2018. Oil on linen, 114 x 127 in. The Abrishamchi Family Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.

An abstract painting that places a red field in a blue square with what appears to be blue spraypaint on the right half. Some of the paint is rendered in dots, like a halftone print or benday dots.

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2016. Oil and enamel on linen, 114 x 127 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.

What appears to be a wooden sign on a post covered in flourescent pink paint stands on its head in the corner of a dark room with purple walls

Jacqueline Humphries, Sign, 2019. Pigmented epoxy resin, 32 1/4 x 12 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.

A gray square abstract painting with a blue shape outlined by dripping paint at its center; the shape is overlaid with X and O shapes rendered in black paint as well as omega and smiley face computer characters.

Jacqueline Humphries, Two Cat, 2016. Oil on linen, 100 x 111 in. Private collection. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella.

The painter Jacqueline Humphries stands against a white wall with a canvas to her left and a ladder and bits of text pasted to wall at her right

Jacqueline Humphries at her studio in Red Hook, 2021. © Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Martha Fleming-Ives.

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Jacqueline Humphries lives and works in New York City. The artist’s recent solo exhibitions include presentations at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2020); Dia Bridgehampton, New York (2019); Greene Naftali, New York (2017, 2015, 2012); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2015); and Contemporary Art Center (2015) and Prospect.1 in New Orleans (2008). Humphries was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; among many others.

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Mark Godfrey is a curator and critic based in London. From 2007 to 2021 he was senior curator at Tate Modern, where he curated and cocurated shows including Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 and retrospectives of Sigmar Polke, Roni Horn, Franz West, and Gerhard Richter. Outside Tate he has curated exhibitions by Christopher Williams, David Hammons, R. H. Quaytman, and Laura Owens. He won the Absolut Art Award for art writing in 2015 and recently coedited The Soul of a Nation Reader.

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A major catalogue featuring essays by Godfrey, Hamza Walker, Courtney J. Martin, Jenny Nachtigall, and Wexner Center Executive Director Johanna Burton along with a conversation between Humphries and Donna De Salvo will accompany the exhibition. Designed by Studio Markus Weisbeck and copublished in 2022 by Gregory R. Miller & Co. and the Wexner Center for the Arts, this extensively illustrated catalogue will offer an up-close view of Humphries’s recent practice.

Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Mark Godfrey with assistance from Associate Curator of Exhibitions Daniel Marcus and Curatorial Associate Kristin Helmick-Brunet. Organizational support for the exhibition is provided by Greene Naftali, New York; Modern Art, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

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Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:)