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For the past 30 years, Terry Winters has occupied the same New York studio since his very first exhibition. A painter, draftsman, and printmaker, Winters began exhibiting in New York in 1977 after his graduation from Pratt Institute in 1971. While his early paintings possess a minimalism influenced by Brice Marden, his work evolved to depict organic shapes and abstracted images of botanicals, and schematic references to scientific processes. Although Winters’ work has become more complex over time, his process has remained the same—since the beginning, he has collected images and assembled collages of references to prepare ideas for his paintings. These collages reveal unforeseen connections between found images, which Winters likens to a “readymade” that he strives to perfect.

Terry Winters (b. 1949, Brooklyn) lives and works in New York and Columbia County. He was the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, London (1986); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992); the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1999); the Kunsthalle Basel (2000); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2001); the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009); Staatliche Graphische Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne (2014); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016); and The Drawing Center, New York (2018). His work has been collected by prestigious public and private collections worldwide.

Painting is a combination of carpentry and catastrophe.

Terry Winters

Biography

Education

  • 1971

    Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Facts and Fictions, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

    12twelvepaintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Point Array, Peder Lund, Oslo, Norway

  • 2016

    Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    The Structure of Things, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

    The Painter's Cabinet: Terry Winters' Dialogue with Nature, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

  • 2015

    Prints 1999-2014, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

    Why Patterns?, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2014

    patterns in a chromatic field, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Red Green Yellow Blue, T Space, Rhinebeck, NY, USA

    Prints 1999–2014, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Traveled to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

    Printed Matters, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, USA

  • 2013

    Clocks and Clouds, Peder Lund, Oslo, Norway

  • 2012

    Cricket Music, Tessellation Figures, & Notebook, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Wave Hill Group, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2011

    A New Description of Nature, Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA

  • 2010

    Linking Graphics, Prints 2000-2010, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2009

    Signal to Noise, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2008

    Knotted Graphs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2007

    Works on Paper, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

  • 2006

    Sketchbook Pages and Tokyo Notes, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

    Verre + Dessins, Musée departemental du compagnonnage, Solutré, France

  • 2005

    Notes for Color Coding, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Prints & Sequences, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, USA

    San Jose Museum of Art, CA, USA

  • 2004

    1981-1986, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Paintings, Drawings, Prints 1994-2004, The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, USA; Traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA

    Local Group/New Work on Paper, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2003

    Paintings and Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Zeichnungen/Drawings, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

    Turbulence Skins: Working Proofs, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

  • 2001

    Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Printed Works, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

  • 2000

    Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • 1999

    Graphic Primitives, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Drawings, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Traveled to Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • 1998

    Prints by Terry Winters, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA

    Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain ; Traveled to Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

    Folio, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

  • 1997

    Computation of Chains, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Recent Works, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

  • 1992

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

  • 1991

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Traveled to Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

  • 1989

    Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA

  • 1988

    Painting and Drawing, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

  • 1987

    Currents 33, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, USA

    Painting and Drawing, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Traveled to Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA; Albert and Vera List Visual Art Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA; and University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

  • 1986

    Eight Paintings, Tate Gallery, London, UK

    Focus, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT, USA; Traveled to Georgia State University Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

  • 1985

    Bilder und Zeichnungen, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

  • 1983

    Vollum Center Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA

  • 1982

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Selected images