Mel Kendrick: Woodblocks


Mel Kendrick: Woodblocks


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
130 ills | 192 pages

Author: Mark Pascale

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Marking the artist’s first major publication in his 30-year-plus career, Mel Kendrick: Woodblocks presents a collection of the American artist’s woodblock prints and water drawings.

Produced over a period spanning from the early 1990s to the present day, Kendrick’s prints explore bold yet complex arrangements, all the while introducing the subtle grain of the wood, signifying the organic quality of the artist’s creative process.

These large-scale prints, typically measuring 3 × 2 metres in size, are largely informed by the artist’s ongoing sculptural practice, in both spatial engagement and process. Kendrick’s work is discussed within the book through texts that investigate the relationships of the works with both architectural and artistic influences, as well as with his established sculptural practice, in which he has a storied history of using wood, bronze, rubber, paper and cast concrete.

Mel Kendrick has exhibited extensively and to great acclaim since the mid-1970s at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Brooklyn Museum, New York, among many others. His work is included in many significant public collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Francis J Greenburger Award and the Academy Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.