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Sperone Westwater is pleased to present new watercolors by New York City-based artist Alexis Rockman, his fourth solo at the gallery since his first, “Evolution,” in 1992. This timely exhibition is inspired by the impending climate disaster and the current human migration crisis, taking place, in part, by waterway.

For over thirty-five years, Rockman has blended science with informed speculation to deliver a prescient and, at times, apocalyptic vision of the ecological state of the planet. Relying on scientific, as well as historic content, Rockman continues his vision of the collision between civilization and nature for these new works on paper. Focusing on the world’s waterways as subject matter, Rockman explores all the ways in which bodies of waters have not only transported people and materials, but also helped to proliferate the spread of language, culture, art, flora and fauna, religion and disease. Serving as “highways” for expansionist and colonial exploitation, the history of seafaring tells of a deliberate and unwittingly disastrous ecological and anthropological exchange, which led to a decline of indigenous populations and ecological collapse often due to pandemics and invasive species.

The forthcoming exhibition, “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks,” organized by Guild Hall, will be presented at Peabody Essex Museum and Guild Hall in 2021. The show features this series of watercolors, demonstrating the artist’s darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature – often dramatic scenarios on a monumental scale. Rockman is fascinated both by celebrated and obscure accounts of lost cargo and is the ideal tour guide to lift up the curtain on stories that blur the boundaries between eyewitness accounts of rumor, tragedy, heroism, humor and mythology. 

For a preview of the show, join us for Lower East Side Gallery Night, Thursday 19 November, 4 – 8pm.

Notable solo museum exhibitions include “Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny,” a traveling exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum (2004-05), and “Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow,” a touring survey organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2010-11). “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle,” a major exhibition of large-scale paintings, watercolors and field drawings, toured the Midwest in 2018-20, opening at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and traveling to five institutions in the Great Lakes region. Rockman’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Installations

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gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper
gallery installation view with framed watercolors on paper

Selected Works1

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Alexis Rockman

The Kraken, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20065

Alexis Rockman

Drifting, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20151

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Alexis Rockman

Abraham Storck's Study For Man of War, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20148

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Alexis Rockman

Robinson Crusoe's Horse, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20063

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Alexis Rockman

Ca Mau Ceramics, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20149

Alexis Rockman

The Sargasso Sea, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1 cm)

SW 20067

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Alexis Rockman

Hagia Sophia, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,72 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20115

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Alexis Rockman

Calving, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20158

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Alexis Rockman

Taj Mahal, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20119

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Alexis Rockman

The Boyd Massacre, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20061

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Alexis Rockman

Cham Sculpture, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20152

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Alexis Rockman

The Slocum, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20157

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Alexis Rockman

Giovanni Batista Lusieri's Il Tempio di Nettuno a Paestum, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20150

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Alexis Rockman

Seal Hunters, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20159

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Alexis Rockman

Paulus Potter's Bull, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20156

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Alexis Rockman

Steller's Sea Cow, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20062

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Alexis Rockman

Lifeboat HMS Terror, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20153

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Alexis Rockman

The Rime, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20155

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Alexis Rockman

RMS Lusitania, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20068

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Alexis Rockman

Hong Kong, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20118

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Alexis Rockman

Junk, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 60,9 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 19337

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Alexis Rockman

Hard Tack, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20066

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Alexis Rockman

The Kraken, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20065

Alexis Rockman

Drifting, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20151

Alexis Rockman

Abraham Storck's Study For Man of War, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20148

Alexis Rockman

Robinson Crusoe's Horse, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20063

Alexis Rockman

Ca Mau Ceramics, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20149

Alexis Rockman

The Sargasso Sea, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1 cm)

SW 20067

Alexis Rockman

Hagia Sophia, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,72 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20115

Alexis Rockman

Calving, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20158

Alexis Rockman

Taj Mahal, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20119

Alexis Rockman

The Boyd Massacre, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20061

Alexis Rockman

Cham Sculpture, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20152

Alexis Rockman

The Slocum, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20157

Alexis Rockman

Giovanni Batista Lusieri's Il Tempio di Nettuno a Paestum, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20150

Alexis Rockman

Seal Hunters, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20159

Alexis Rockman

Paulus Potter's Bull, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20156

Alexis Rockman

Steller's Sea Cow, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)

21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20062

Alexis Rockman

Lifeboat HMS Terror, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20153

Alexis Rockman

The Rime, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20155

Alexis Rockman

RMS Lusitania, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20068

Alexis Rockman

Hong Kong, 2020

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 20118

Alexis Rockman

Junk, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 60,9 cm)
21 1/8 x 27 x 2 inches (53,7 x 68,6 x 5,1 cm) frame

SW 19337

Alexis Rockman

Hard Tack, 2019

watercolor and acrylic on paper

24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)

27 x 21 1/8 x 2 inches (68,6 x 53,7 x 5,1cm) frame

SW 20066