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Alexis Rockman

Lost Cargo: Watercolors
20 November 2020 – 16 January 2021
Sperone Westwater, New York
Alexis Rockman

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

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

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

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

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

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) frame
SW 20067

Alexis Rockman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alexis Rockman
Hong Kong, 2020
watercolor and acrylic on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61 cm)
20 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches (51 x 65,7 cm) frame
SW 20118

Alexis Rockman

Alexis Rockman
Junk, 2019
watercolor and acrylic on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 60,9 cm)
20 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches (51 x 65,7 cm) frame
SW 19337

Alexis Rockman

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

Press release

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. 

 

Artists in this Exhibition