Barry Whistler Gallery presents John Wilcox: "Arena" opening reception
Barry Whistler Gallery will present "Arena," an exhibition that will provide a broad survey of John Wilcox’s work. It will include over 20 canvases, dozens of works on paper, as well as notebooks, tools, and various ephemera from the artist’s studio and life.
Wilcox lived and worked in New York City during the late 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis. He himself was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1989. Like many of his contemporaries, much of his work addressed these issues. Prior to his move to New York, Wilcox spent time in California; it was at this point in his life where he began to take himself seriously as an artist and developed some iconic imagery.
This exhibition follows not only a legacy of the artist’s work, but six exhibitions masterfully presented in the artist’s former studio near Fair Park in Dallas, Texas; commonly referred to as the Wilcox Space. Beginning in 2014, artists, curators, conservators, educators, and friends mounted themed exhibitions focusing on Wilcox’s technique and materials. Under the umbrella of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas, six forthcoming publications will document each of these six exhibitions.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through October 13.