Born in Kansas City, Missouri.
At the Kansas City Art Institute takes several courses and makes drawings from
a model and paints watercolors he calls "interior landscapes" related
to caves he visited in the Ozarks, rivers, campfires and other forms of
nature. Is ejected from class for eating the still life. As Albert E. Elsen quotes the artist in his monograph: "For me the pear is to be eaten and experienced, not painted." Works in ceramics with James Weldon, pouring clay slip
into molds, applying glazes and creating clay sculptures of
heads and figures that he then fires. The kiln
reveals the transformation of color: the dry opaque glazes prior to the
firing which then become subtly translucent or vitally defined
in density. Frequent visits to the renowned Eastern collection of the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art [then the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery], where
he is strongly affected by the monumental Chinese fresco of Buddha, the polychrome
sculptures of the Bodhisattva, Kuan-Yin (11-12th century), Indian bronzes, especially Shiva, and statues
of lohans in meditation. Meets Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940 when
his great-uncle, the Reverend
Burris Jenkins, pastor of the First Community Church
in Kansas City, Missouri, commissioned
Wright to rebuild his church after a fire destroyed
the building on Linwood Boulevard. [This church is now called
Christian Church.] Frank Lloyd Wright advises the aspiring young artist to consider agriculture as a more solid pursuit to the vagaries of being an artist. On his great-uncle's
suggestion, visits with Thomas Hart
at his home
discuss his intention
to be a
painter. Thomas Hart Benton asks the artist to return when he was 21. By that time, Paul Jenkins was in the US Naval Air Corps during WWII and didn't make the return visit.
In 1944, from the United States Maritime Service enters the US Naval Air Corps. Paints
watercolors of Kabuki dancers and makes what
the distinguished art historian Albert E. Elsen describes as "Durer-esque" black
and white graphite drawings. Is drawn to the teachings of Lao Tse Tung in the Tao Te Ching which he describes in a December 5, 1945 letter as "masterpieces in simplicity." After
his discharge from military service at the end of February 1946, studies playwriting
McCalmon at the Carnegie Institute of Technology [now Carnegie Mellon University] and continues to paint and
draw on his own.
Under the G.I. Bill, studies with Yasuo Kuniyoshi for four years at the Art
Students League in New York where, in 1951, he
Mark Rothko. Kuniyoshi gives Jenkins free use of his studio in New York during the summers. [Yoshio Ozawa in his essay on Kuniyoshi works in the Fukutake Collection, 2013]. Frequent
visits to the Frick
Collection to see Goya, Rembrandt's Self-Portrait, Turner,
Georges de la Tour, Vermeer, Bellini, Holbein. In New York, paints Sea
a key work on paper using "water as his means and meaning" [Albert E. Elsen in the monograph Paul Jenkins, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1973]. Invited by Martha Graham
to observe her dance classes in 1951, he makes several drawings of her. Meets
Pollock and Barnett Newman in New York. In reading P.
D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous, discovers the
ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff.
Travels to Italy where, during a stay of several months in Sicily, he works on canvas in Taormina. Travels to Spain where
he is deeply moved
in Paris, meeting Jean Dubuffet in December at his exhibition of "Terres Radieuses" at the La Hune. Frequents Michel Tapié, Pierre
Restany, Etienne Martin, Zoe Dusanne, Kenneth
Sawyer, as well as other American artists living there at the time.
Working flat and pouring paint on paper and primed canvas provides a greater sense of totality. The unique abstract ébauches in oil of
Gustave Moreau reveal to him the structure and inherent luminosity
of color. He later writes an article entitled "Gustave Moreau: Moot Grandfather of Abstraction," published by Art News [vol. 60, no. 8 December 1961]. In the illuminated density radiating from the subject in the pastels of Odilon Redon, particularly in La Coquille [The Conch Shell], he sees a specific kind of emanating light existing only in the pastels. He did not find either the imagery of Moreau's canvases or the phantasmagoria subject matter of Redon's charcoals of any interest for him. Discovers Psychology
and Alchemy by Carl Gustav Jung and the I Ching: The Book of Changes.
The flatness of the reflected lights at night on the Seine assumes a
compelling verticality which disrupts the intruding horizon line and
in a frontal configuration, evoking a sensation of nearness. First
solo exhibition: Studio Paul Facchetti in Paris, Édouard Jaguer
writes the text, Lumière d'Ambre. In Paris, meets Martha
Jackson; Peter, Charles and
Jean Gimpel, and Mark Tobey.
Works with Winsor Newton powdered pigments and chrysochrome, a viscous
enamel paint. Group exhibition "Divergences" at the
Galerie Arnaud in Paris. Visits the Henri
Matisse chapel in Vence.
First solo exhibition in the United States at the Zoe Dusanne Gallery
in Seattle. The Seattle Museum is the first museum to buy his
work. Participates in group exhibitions at the Martha Jackson Gallery
in New York; the Petit Palais, Galerie Jean Larcade and "Signes
the Galerie Rive Droite in Paris. Travels
to London from Paris to see Mark Tobey's exhibition at ICA [Institute
of Contemporary Art]. Travels from Paris to New York in July of 1955 on the SS Liberté. In New York, comes to know Willem
de Kooning, Franz Kline, Ad Reinhardt, and, with George
Robert Motherwell. During his year-long stay in New York, visits Mark Rothko's studio on the West side, near what is now Lincoln Center.
First solo exhibition in New York takes place at
the Martha Jackson Gallery in March. John I. H. Baur buys Divining Rod for
the Whitney Museum of American Art
in New York. Observations of Michel Tapié is published
by George Wittenborn in New York. Invited by Peter Cochrane to exhibit in a group
show, The Exploration of Paint, at Arthur Tooth & Sons
in London the following season. Visits Jackson
Pollock's studio in
Springs and sees his recent paintings, as well as black
and white drawings to be shown at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in London.
On his return to the city, gives Pollock a copy of Herrigal's Zen
and the Art of Archery, presently in the library of the Pollock-Krasner
House in Springs. Returns to Paris. After a visit to the Gimpels in Ménerbes
in July, Lee Krasner stays at Jenkins' studio in Paris where she later
receives a call from Clement Greenberg informing her of Pollock's fatal car accident
on August 11. Arnold
Newman makes the first of what became over several decades, a continuing series
of photographs of the artist in Paris and in New York. Meets Henri Michaux at the Odilon Redon exhibition at the Orangerie in Paris. Group exhibitions at the Museum of
in New York; in Paris, with the Galerie Stadler, Galerie Rive Droite,
Galerie Jean Larcade and in Sculpteurs et Peintres Abstraits
de Paris at
the Galerie Arnaud.
Peggy Guggenheim buys the canvas Osage from his studio in Paris, this work is soon included in his solo exhibition at the Galerie
Stadler in Paris. Is aware of the Gutai Group in Osaka through Michel Tapié. Hideo Hayahasi and Mr. Yamamoto of the Tokyo Gallery
visit his atelier, rue Decrès. Participates in group exhibitions
at Arthur Tooth & Sons
and at the Whitney Museum in New York. Exchanges studios with Joan
Mitchell for two years; he works in her St. Mark's Place studio in New York, and she
works in his studio on the rue Decrès in Paris. Meets the writer,
James Jones, and his wife, Gloria, in New York and they remain lifelong
In late 1957, at the St. Mark's Place studio in New York,
begins the paintings entitled Eyes
of the Dove, which continue into 1959. The title was inspired by a story told to the artist by Harold Rosenberg concerning a rabbi who intoned “the eyes of the dove” on his visits to various synagogues. To the artist, the story held the meaning that “the eyes of the dove see everything but never the same thing twice.” At the Gutai exhibition at
Jackson Gallery in New York, is invited by Jiro Yoshihara to work with
the Gutai in Osaka, an invitation that he does not implement until 1964.
Joseph Hirshhorn buys Dakota
his exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York. Participates
Tooth & Sons,
London, the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and the
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
In Paris, James Jones is of the first to buy a painting from the Eyes
of the Dove series: Turtle Gold. Works with dry pigments
mixed with acri-medium, and in oil. Studies the writing
an ivory knife
paint. Influenced by Goethe's color theories, begins to title his canvases Phenomena, followed by a key phrase
word. Travels to Spain, meets the poet and critic, Juan-Eduardo Cirlot
in Barcelona, who later writes about Jenkins' work. Obtains a cold-water
flat in New York on 12th Street between
Begins gradually to work
First exhibition at the Galerie Karl Flinker in Paris; James Jones writes
the catalogue text, "Moving Shapes without Name." The
exhibition continues the evolution of the image against a white ground
and evidences the recent development of monochrome paintings. The
Paintings of Paul
Jenkins is published by Éditions Two Cities in Paris with
texts by Kenneth
B. Sawyer, Pierre Restany and James Fitzsimmons.
Travels in Europe.
Meets Albert E. Elsen in the Rodin Museum in Paris. Henri Michaux
visits his Paris studio. Gradual encroachment of
granular veils in the paintings reveals a new sense of substance integrated
on the canvas and "another kind of light, a reflecting or incandescent
light." [Elsen, Paul Jenkins, p. 77] The
artist continues his exploration of monochrome paint on canvas, including
works in grisaille. Participates in group exhibitions at
the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Musée du Louvre and
Musée d'Art moderne in
Paris and at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Publication of Jenkins by Jean Cassou, Éditions de la
Galerie Karl Flinker,
Paris. Group exhibitions at the Musée d'Art moderne in Paris,
at the Art
Institute in Chicago, and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Obtains
the downtown on Broadway in New York from Willem de Kooning. The photographer David
Douglas Duncan takes prismatic photographs
of the artist in Paris.
First retrospective takes place at the Kestner-Gesellschaft of Hanover,
the catalogue text by Wieland Schmied. Filming of The Ivory Knife:
Paul Jenkins at Work, produced by Martha Jackson in New York with
original percussion score by Irwin Bazelon. Travels
to Japan for his exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery. At the suggestion
of Joseph Campbell, visits Ise and experiences the profound
architectural elements within the sacred environment. With Bernard Leach,
travels in Japan to
of Hamada. Works with Jiro Yoshihara and the Gutai in Osaka.
Travels to India, visits
in Aurangabad. In
New Delhi, is struck by the independence of the color worn against the
landscape. Donates bronze head of Dylan Thomas by Ibram Lassaw and David
Slivka to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, accepted by Richard
Burton and his foster father, Phillip Burton, during a presentation at
Poetry Center of the YM-YWHA at 92nd Street in New York.
Travels to Madrid, visits L'Escorial, and then to Biarritz. Publication
Voice Welsh Heart by
de la Galerie Karl
Flinker in Paris; original lithographs on stone printed by
Fernand Mourlot, with poems by Cyril Hodges. Group exhibitions at the
Museum in New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in
Travels in Russia, visits Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev. In Zagorsk, sees
the first time the icons of Andreiev Roublev, whose intensity and force
impress him greatly. The Ivory Knife is shown at the Museum
of Modern Art
in New York and receives the Golden Eagle Award in Venice. Publication
his play, Strike the Puma, by Éditions Gonthier, Paris.
In New York, pursues the study of Jungian concepts with Dr. Erlo van
Waveren. Harry Abrams proposes publishing a monograph book on his work.
the next several years the artist paints large works on primed canvas in
which grays and granular whites predominate. What Albert
E. Elsen describes as "the coming of the grays," came about
through the artist's search "to find another temperature" and
become in touch with a new sense of “structure, or substantial
the silver medal in painting during the 30th Biennial of the Corcoran
Art in Washington, D.C. Places a trunk of photographs, correspondance
and writings on deposit with the Beinecke Library
at Yale University. Exhibits a work on canvads in Dix Ans d'Art Vivant at the Fondation Maeght in St-Paul-de-Vence.
Strike the Puma is produced off-Broadway, directed by Vasek
Simek, with two large-scale canvases painted by the artist for the stage
set, as well as a mannequin torso (painted in 1967). Begins to make unique glass sculptures in Venice with Egidio Costantini,
introduced to him by Mark
Abrams decides against integrating what the artist terms his "black-and-white
autobiographical photomontages" into
his forthcoming Abrams' monograph published in 1973. These elements
later evolve into Anatomy of a Cloud, published by Harry N.
Abrams in 1983.
Retrospective at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco
Museum of Art, organized by Gerald Nordland and Philippe de Montebello.
Jean-Louis Barrault visits his studio in New York. Sculpts two-ton piece
French limestone at the Sculptors' Symposium at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum
New York. At the inauguration of the Rothko
Chapel in Houston, donates
a letter written to him by Mark Rothko concerning his trip to Paris
where the two artists visited museums, notably L'Orangerie [for Les Nymphéas],
to explore different solutions for a protective distance between
the viewer and the paintings regarding the chapel then in preparation.
"Paul Jenkins: Works on Paper," an exhibition of watercolors,
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., then travels for
years in the United States. After his exhibition in London with the Gimpel
Fils Gallery, travels to Cornwall with Peter Gimpel to see the dolmens. Completes The Four Seasons, original lithographs on stone for
Abrams Original Editions. At Triton Press, Jenkins creates Sanctuary, described
by the artist and printer Harry Lerner as a "light graphic" to differentiate it from traditional collotype.
Paul Jenkins, with a text by Albert E. Elsen, is published by
Harry N. Abrams in New York. First drawings for Mandala Meditation
sculpture project for a park. Sees the prehistoric stones at Carnac in
France. Emergence of the key autobiographical collage, Horizon Findings. Receives
an honorary Doctor of Humanities from the Lindenwood Colleges in Missouri.
Retrospective at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi. Casts Meditation Mandala Sundial in bronze and in brass. On primed canvas and paper,
continues to explore through veils of color the Newtonian prism and to
translucent and opaque light, revealed and hidden forms. Finishes Boy
Man Boy, pivotal collage for Anatomy of a Cloud. In 1974-75,
series of lectures by Meyer Schapiro at Columbia University in New York.
Creates original lithographs on stone at Atelier Mourlot
in Paris, including a diagram for Meditation Mandala Sundial.
Begins St. Croix series of watercolors and paintings and is strongly
influenced by the physicality of working outside, reminiscent of Taormina
where he was confronted by color in a direct and decisive way. Participates
Unmarried Woman by
Paul Mazursky, filmed in his
studio in New York. Works on the autobiographical collages. Mandala
Meditation Sundial and Shakti Samothrace are cast in bronze
at Tallix Foundry, New York. From his work on canvas, Jean Erdman creates
a visual environment for Shining House, a dance piece about
Pelé, a goddess
Hawaiian mythology. Requests the return of his trunk of photographs,
correspondence and writings on deposit with the Beinecke Library
at Yale University since 1967, elements of which become integrated into
the artist's evolving autobiographical collages published in Anatomy
of a Cloud by Harry N. Abrams in 1983.
Exhibits Anatomy of a Cloud, collages, paintings and sculptures,
at the Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery in New York. Casting of two sculptures
into bronze, Excalibur and Echo Chamber, at Tallix Foundry, New York.
During a long stay in the Caribbean, impasto begins to appear
the paintings. Completes Phenomena Forcing a Passage at the Mark, a decisive painting to him in discovering the scraped veils with prism concentrates.
Named Officer of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France. Participates
in the D. H. Lawrence Festival in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. At Shidoni
Foundry, near Santa Fe, begins construction of full-scale section of
Meditation Mandala Sundial in steel.
Retrospective at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. In conjunction with
the preparation of Anatomy of a Cloud, creates collages in honor of Jean-Louis Barrault. These collages are shown
at the French
Services of the French Embassy in New York. At the request of Jean-Louis Barrault, these works travel to the theatre of the Renaud-Barrault Company, Le Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris, to inaugurate La Maison Internationale du Théâtre, whose insignia is created from a work by the artist. Creates original lithographs on stone in Canada at Sword
Press. Continues to build full-scale elements of the Meditation Mandala sculpture in steel at the Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico; these
are later installed in the Sculpture Garden of the Hofstra Museum.
Publication of Paul Jenkins by Alain Bosquet, Éditions
Georges Fall, Paris,
in conjunction with the exhibition at the Galerie Georges Fall, then visited by President François
Mitterrand. The Fonds national d'Art contemporain du ministère
Culture et de la Communication purchases Phenomena Saturn Observes. The director, Alan Schneider, enters Anatomy of a Cloud into his workshop of actors at the University of California at San Diego.
Receives the Humanitarian Award from the National Committee of Arts for
on scraped prism forms; abstract collage elements integrate themselves
the works on canvas.
Named Commander of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France. Participates
in the colloquium in Paris organized by Jack Lang on creation and its
Cloud, an autobiographical book of what the artist calls "word impressions" and collages, is
published by Harry N. Abrams in New York and receives the silver medal
the Art Directors Club.
The collages Homage to Jean-Louis Barrault and Tibetan
Remnants are shown at the Musée d'art contemporain of
Creates a medal, in bronze dipped in silver and struck at La Monnaie
Paris, for the French Center of Civilization and Culture of New York
University. Solo exhibition at the Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery at FIAC
Paris. Jean-Louis Martinoty proposes the creation of a ballet toJeux composed by Debussy.
Writes Shaman to the Prism Seen, a dance drama. Exhibits his
autobiographical collages at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. Travels to London for his exhibition with the Gimpel Fils
Gallery and to Tokyo for his exhibition with the Gallery Art Point. Visits
Okayama for the collection of works by Yasuo Kuniyoshi and discovers
early painting he last saw leaning against the wall in Kuniyoshi's 14th
Street Union Square studio in New York during his Art Students League
The billowing and vibrantly colored silks of the entrances to the temples
Nara and Kyoto juxtaposed with the monumental stillness of the architecture
leaves a lasting impression. Exhibition-installation at Shidoni Foundry
near Santa Fe, of the construction in steel of a portion of Meditation Mandala.
Retrospective of his works on canvas at the Musée Picasso in Antibes.
Paris Opera presents his dance-drama, Shaman to the Prism Seen, in
the Salle Favart, within the context of the new series "Carte Blanche," initiated
Martinoty. Paints two canvases 30 x 40 feet each for the stage set,
with vertical paintings on canvas as sentinel elements for the stage, as well as costumes and silks, and
creates a prism dais form for Shaman. Music by
Henri Dutilleux; directed by Simone Benmussa. Creates original
lithographs on stone at Atelier Franck Bordas in Paris, including one
the Paris Opera. Completes two mosaics with Heidi Melano in Biot, one
which is acquired by the City of Antibes. Creates an original lithograph
stone in triptych for a bicentenary edition on parchment of the U.S.
Constitution published by Galerie Art Concorde in Paris, and printed
at Atelier Clot Bramsen Georges, Paris.
Commissioned to create and paint a silk décor for a performance
at the Great
Hall of the People in Beijing for "The Return of Marco Polo," organized
by the International Committee for the Safeguard of Venice and the Great
Wall. In Beijing paints six banners of 40 x 15 feet, a backdrop of 60
feet and banners 30 x 3 feet for the Great Wall. Publication
by Atelier Franck Bordas in Paris of Euphories de la
portfolio of original lithographs on stone, with texts by André Verdet.
Printed in book form by Imago Terrae.
The Musées de Nice present the original painted stage sets for Shaman
to the Prism Seen, together with watercolors and large-scale
paintings from the
last five years at the Galerie des Ponchettes and the Galerie d'art
contemporain. Euphories de la couleur is shown at the Maison
in Paris, organized by Hugues de Kerret. Architect Yves Bayard creates Meditation Tower, a
structure based on the broken prism concept of the artist and featuring his large-scale stained glass windows
of the silks painted in China and in Paris at the Castello Doria in
Portovenere. Receives the medal of the city of Menton. Invited to Israel
Abba and Suzy Eban, and is based in Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem;
visits the tomb of Maimonides in Tiberius. Travels to Japan for his
exhibition with Gallery Art Point in Tokyo.
Exhibits two original lithographs on stone at the Associated American
Artists in New York, Masters of Contemporary Printmaking. Exhibition
Conjunctions and Annexes, a series of polyptychs on canvas, at the Gimpel
Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, together with the publication of a book
of the same title with a text by Pascal Bonafoux.
Invited by Tadashi Suzuk, travels to Japan in August to attend the
anniversary of his theatre festival in Toga. Begins to work on original lithographs on stone at the Atelier Franck Bordas in Paris.
Exhibition of Grid Panel Prisms, a further series of polyptychs
on canvas, at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in London. In December, returns to Japan for the première in Mito of Ivanov, an
adaptation by Tadashi Suzuki of the Chekhov play, where Suzuki integrates the silks
painted in China and in Paris as elements of the stage set
and for Anna's costume.
Exhibition of watercolors at the Roswitha Haftmann Gallery in Zurich.
Seven Aspects of Amadeus and the Others, lithographs
on stone printed by Atelier Franck Bordas, are shown at the Basel Art
text as a one-act play in reference to the lithographs of the Amadeus series,
published by Éditions Galilée in Paris. Visits
returns to the frescoes by Giotto and Fra Angelico.
Exhibition of the Amadeus lithographs at Atelier Franck Bordas in
Exhibition of recent watercolors and Amadeus lithographs at Associated
American Artists Gallery in New York.
Associated American Artists Gallery presents a selection of collages
watercolors at the Armory show in New York. Travels to Palo Alto, California
where he works on monotypes at Smith Andersen Editions.
Exhibits in Collection of the Maeght Fondation, a Choice of 150
works, Fondation Maeght, St-Paul. Exhibitions of two groups of collages in the
fall: in Paris at the Yoshii Gallery and in New York, at Associated
American Artists Gallery.
Writes Prism Moon to the Shaman, an allegorical tale about color.
Associated American Artists Gallery presents selected recent paintings
the Armory show in New York. Inauguration of L'Eau et la Couleur, a
traveling exhibition in France of watercolors in conjunction with the
performance of his dance-drama, Shaman to the Prism Seen, together
with recent watercolors, including major scale works created in
November of 1993. The historian, Frank Anderson Trapp, writes an in-depth
study of the work in watercolor for the catalogue text. Travels to New
Mexico for the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts. Continues to work on monotypes
at Smith Andersen in Palo Alto. His sculpture, Meditation Mandala
Sundial, is installed in the Hofstra
University Museum Sculpture Garden.
Exhibition of recent works on canvas at Associated American Artists in
York. The Chateau-Museum of Cagnes-sur-mer mounts an extensive exhibition
of recent collages including collage doors from his Paris studio made
fifties and not previously shown. The City of Nice exhibits the series
lithographs Seven Aspects of Amadeus and the Others. Galerie Proarta in Zurich shows recent paintings and watercolors; excertps from the text by poet and philosopher Jacques Garelli are published in the catalogue. ArtCurial
Paris mounts an exhibition of his lithographs.
Receives an honorary doctorate in humanities from Hofstra University.
Participates in the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of Gimpel Fils in London.
Travels to Milan for exhibition at Lorenzelli Arte.
The Butler Institute of American Art presents an exhibition of recent work
from the last five years. Receives the Life Achievement Award from the
Butler Institute, together with the medal of the City of Paris presented by Pierre
Buhler, the French Cultural Counsellor of New York. Exhibitions of Cardinal
Recognitions at the Galerie Georges Fall in Paris; and, Francis
Jenkins Mathieu at Associated American Artists in New York. Elected to
National Academy, New York. Completes Five Incantations, five
original lithographs on stone printed by Atelier Bordas in Paris, for
Galerie Georges Fall. Merchant Ivory features a selection of his works
from the fifties in the film, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, from the
novel by Kaylie Jones, based on her years in Paris with her parents,
writer James Jones and his wife, Gloria.
Creates Entrance Shaman, five original lithographs on stone printed by
Atelier Bordas in Paris. Elected an honorary member of the Royal Cambrian
Academy in Wales. Group exhibitions: Masters of
Color and Light: Homer, Sargent and the American Watercolor Movement, the
Brooklyn Museum of Art; On Paper, Associated American Artists; Three
Americans [Drei Amerikaner]: Sam Francis, Paul Jenkins, Mark Tobey, at
Galerie Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland; Collection of the
Fondation Maeght, St-Paul-de-Vence; Regard sur l’estampe
en France de 1945 à nos jours, PACA, traveling in France. Elected an honorary member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in Wales.
Creates At Stroke of Twelve, an original stone lithograph for
the Print Club
in New York presented in October. The Hofstra
Museum mounts an
exhibition of works on canvas from the years 1954-1960, and the Joseph
Rickards Gallery in New York exhibits works from the 1957-59 transitional series of
paintings, Eyes of the Dove. A painting from the Eyes of the
Dove is shown
in the traveling exhibition and catalogue, Les Années de Combat,
organized by Présence d’Art Contemporain in Angers
centering on the Paris
art review Cimaise and the Galerie Arnaud. Invited to write text about
Gutai for the catalogue of the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and reconnects with Gutai
artists he knew from Osaka who have traveled to Paris for the opening.
The Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio mounts his exhibition Water
and Color in celebration of their new wing. Receives the Benjamin Clinedinst Medal from the Artists'
Fellowship in New York. The City of Vicenza mounts Viaggio in Italia, an
extensive exhibition of works on canvas and watercolors in the Basilica
illustrated catalogue of the works shown with a text by Beatrice Buscaroli and others. Creates lithograph on stone
with watercolor for the limited edition of La Misère des Philosophes by
Lyotard, published by Editions Galilée, Paris.
Microcosms, an exhibition of small scale works on canvas, opens
at the Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York.
In honor of the New York visit of the Rev. Seiyu Kiriyama, exhibits recent paintings at the Agon-shu Agama Gallery. Seiyu Kiriyama Kancho performs
the Sacred Fire
Ritual at the Unitarian Church. Broken Silences, the first retrospective
exhibition of collages, is shown at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida.
Moves from his studio acquired from Willem de Kooning in 1963.
Invited by the Rev. Seiyu Kiriyama Kancho, travels to Kyoto in February
the monumental outdoor Fire Ceremony; visits stone gardens, temples and
shrines and experiences the intensity of their stillness. Le Centre d'Art
Contemporain of Bouvet-Ladubay in Saumur, presents a comprehensive exhibition
recent works on canvas.
From the artist's studio, David
Douglas Duncan purchases a large-scale painting, which he
then donates to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Travels to London to see the
Barnett Newman exhibition at the Tate Gallery. Feu
theatre performance by Macha Méril with a large-scale backdrop of the artist's painting, Phenomena Strike the
Tiger, texts by George Sand and music by Chopin interpreted by Jean-Marc
Luisada, is performed in Bordeaux.
Writes eulogy for Al Hirschfeld, published in the Art Students League
quarterly, Linea. Travels to London for his exhibition at the
Redfern Gallery, and to Prato in Italy.
Japanese television, NHK, films interview in the studio about Yasuo
Kuniyoshi and the Art Student League years.
Works on canvas from the 60s and the 90s
are presented at Robert Green Fine Arts in Mill Valley, California; and watercolors at Galerie Proarta in Zurich. Creates specific
works on canvas in New York for As Above So Below, a temporary installation at the Abbaye of Silvacane, a 12th century Cistercian
abbey in Roque d'Anthéron, near
Aix-en-Provence. A painting from this series is shown at the Maison
Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence. Œuvres
exhibition of works on canvas together with watercolors, opens at the Palais
in Lille and is attended by over 40,000 viewers. Receives the gold
medal of the City of Lille, awarded at the exhibition inauguration. Works on canvas 1954-1960 are shown at the Redfern
Gallery in London, with catalogue text by Kent Minturn; followed by an exhibition of works 1954-2003 at Galleria
Prato, with accompanying catalogue text, Cosmogonie
Interiori, Bruno Corà.
Water and Color, more than 50 watercolors, including
5 large scale, is shown at the Arkansas
Arts Center, Little Rock. Feu
Sacré, with Macha Méril and Jean-Marc
Luisada, is performed in Paris at the Théâtre Mogador, with a large-scale backdrop of the artist's painting, Phenomena
Strike the Tiger, texts by George Sand and music
by Chopin. The canvas, Iguana (1956) is shown in L'Envolée
Lyrique: Paris 1945-1956, Musée
du Luxembourg, Paris. Exhibition
at the Maison
des Princes, in Pérouges. Exhibition of works on canvas from
the 70s at Robert Green
Fine Arts, Mill Valley, California.
The exhibition Paul Jenkins in the Fifties: Space, Color and Light, works on
canvas from 1955-1960 is shown at D.
Wigmore Fine Art, New York. The Ballet
Western Reserve performs
two evenings of dance choreographed to his paintings in the collection
of the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. Travels to London
for his exhibition of recent paintings at the Redfern Gallery, and to
Venice for a retrospective presentation of his works at the Cornice Art
Fair by Galleria Open Art. Revisits Padua to see again the
frescoes of Giotto in the Scrovegni chapel. The artist donates close to 5,000 pieces from his
archive to the Archives
of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution. This donation
includes correspondence from Willem de Kooning, Beauford Delaney, Jean
Dubuffet, Thomas B. Hess, Philippe Hosiasson, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey
among many others. In addition, the collection contains a rich and
extensive correspondence with the Seattle art dealer Zoe Dusanne, and art
Albert E. Elsen
and Frank Anderson Trapp. Donates over 400 black-and-white theatre
photographs of Jean-Louis Barrault to the Special
Collections & Archives of the Fenwick Library of George Mason University
in Fairfax, Virginia. Selected
and acquired by the artist in 1980, the photographs are of stage productions,
theatre events and interior views of the company's successive theatres from
1979 reaching back to 1947 when the Renaud-Barrault
Company was founded.
Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution receives
more than 1,000 additional items for the Paul Jenkins Papers. Continues
to work on canvas and in watercolor.
Acquisitions—the Paul Jenkins Papers, selected documents are
on view in the New York City location of the Archives of American Art. Paul Jenkins in the 1960s and 1970s: Space, Color and Light is shown at D. Wigmore Fine Art in New York City; Sandra H. Olsen of the UB Art Galleries in Buffalo writes the catalogue text. The Pollock-Krasner House
& Study Center in East Hampton, New York exhibits "Under
Each Other's Spell": Gutai and New York, featuring work from the artist's Gutai collection — acquired during his stay in 1964 when he worked with the Gutai in Osaka — together with a painting by the artist from that time. The exhibition travels to The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, New Jersey. Participates in the panel Gutai: A 'Concrete' Discussion of Transnationalism, at the Guggenheim Museum. Donation to the Archives of American Art of eight watercolor drawings from 1977 by the late architect Frank Prince of a proposed building to adjoin the artist's sculpture park, Meditation Mandala Sundial.
The Galleria Civica Ezio Mariani di Seregno exhibits a selection of watercolors with an accompanying publication. The UB Art Galleries of the State University of New York at Buffalo mount two exhibitions concurrently: Paul Jenkins in the 1960s and 1970s, expanded to include additional large-scale works, and "Under Each Other's Spell": Gutai and New York. A retrospective presentation of works on canvas takes place at the Palazzo Pacchiani with more recent works at Galleria Open Art in Prato. Receives the Seals of the City of Prato. As part of the festivities celebrating the opening of its new building, the Crocker Art Museum exhibits Paul Jenkins: The Color of Light, 50 watercolors including large-scale and works originally created for the Paris Opera, together with selected paintings on canvas.
Paintings from the 60s and 70s are shown in the Redfern Gallery in London; Michel Peppiatt writes the catalogue text.
This is the start of something
I begin all over again
This is a time of birth
Having died has hardships
but being reborn is refreshing
like being at the source of an eternal spring in Missouri
Cold and clear the water
Paul Jenkins written September 15, 1992
Tel qu'en lui, l 'éternité le change. Stéphane Mallarmé
A memorial celebrating the life of Paul Jenkins is held at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.
Paintings and watercolors are shown in the exhibition Gravity's Edge at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Exhibition On Canvas and Paper 1989-2009 at the Redfern Gallery, London. Exhibition at the Galleria Open Art, Prato in conjunction with the retrospective at the Museo di Pittura Murale in S. Domenico, Prato. Robert Miller Gallery in New York presents a survey exhibition of works on canvas from the 1960s to the 2000s, including four paintings from the artist's Chapel of Meditation on view together for the first time.
The Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio presents a Tribute exhibition of works on canvas 2004-2010.
The British Museum in London acquires Katherine Wheel, a 1979 monoprint
made at Tyler Graphics, New York.
The artist's work is shown in the group exhibitions On the Front Lines at the Art Students League of New York, based on artists and the GI Bill; Abstraction at Robert Miller Gallery in New York; and Martha Jackson Graphics at the UB Galleries at the University of Buffalo.
Solo exhibition at the Pinacoteca of Gaeta: Colors Unseen curated by Giorgio Agnisola.
A large-scale canvas from 1969 is among several Jenkins' works on canvas shown in the group exhibition A Tribute to David K. Anderson at the University of Buffalo, November 2015 to March 2016.
The Cleveland Museum of Art acquires an important work from 1960, Phenomena When I Looked Away, one of the last paintings in oil.
The University of Buffalo Art Galleries exhibit Chapel of Meditation, along with an expanded version of On the Front Lines. A seminal canvas work in triptych from 1963, Phenomena Galileo Galilei, is shown in the exhibition The Women Who Made Modern Art Modern at X Contemporary, Miami.
The Fondation Maeght in St-Paul-de-Vence exhibits a large canvas from its collection in Espace Espace!
Abbot Hall Art Gallery of Lakeland Arts, Kendal, Cumbria UK, mounts an exhibition of selected canvases, together with a catalogue.
In Venice to coincide with the Venice Biennale, a grisaille work on canvas from 1962 is shown in the exhibition Intuition at the Palazzo Fortuny.
Exhibition of Made in America at the Galleria Open Art, Prato.