1968 Locks Gallery Warren Rohrer Atmosphere II

Warren Rohrer

Atmosphere II

1974

oil on linen

72 x 72 inches 

1968 Locks Gallery Claes Oldenburg Cigarettes with Smoke

Claes Oldenburg

Cigarettes with Smoke

1968

wood

painted wood and canvas in six parts

30 x 30 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Louise Nevelson Dawn's Landscape XXXVIII

Louise Nevelson

Dawn's Landscape XXXVIII

1968

painted wood construction

43 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Jasper Johns Light Bulb

Jasper Johns

Light Bulb

1969

lead relief

39 x 17 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Jasper Johns High School Days

Jasper Johns

High School Days

1969

lead relief with mirror

edition 37/60

23 x 17 inches 

1968 Locks Gallery Ralph Humphrey Untitled

Ralph Humphrey

Untitled

1967

day-glo on shaped canvas

52 x 52 inches

1968 Locks Gallery James Havard Untitled

James Havard

Untitled

1968

acrylic spray paint on plastic

69 x 69 inches

1968 Locks Gallery James Havard Untitled 1

James Havard

Untitled 1

1973

acrylic on canvas

72 x 98 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Thomas Chimes Nautical

Thomas Chimes

Nautical

1969

mixed media metal box construction

16 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Thomas Chimes Key To

Thomas Chimes

Key To

1970

mixed media metal box construction

14 5/16 x 17 5/16 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Thomas Chimes Cathedra

Thomas Chimes

Cathedra

1970

mixed media metal box

17 5/16 x 14 5/16 inches 

1968 Locks Gallery Lynda Benglis Untitled (From Sparkle Knot Series)

Lynda Benglis

Untitled (From Sparkle Knot Series)

1972

cotton bunting, plaster, paint, glitter over aluminum screen

40 x 18 x 14 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Jennifer Bartlett Two Ways of Bisecting Eight Plates

Jennifer Bartlett

Two Ways of Bisecting Eight Plates

1973

enamel over silkscreen grid on eight steel plates

25 x 21 inches

1968 Locks Gallery Richard Artschwager Untitled (Erotic)

Richard Artschwager

Untitled (Erotic)

1966

acrylic on celotex

21 x 19 inches 

1968 Locks Gallery Edna Andrade Earth Day

Edna Andrade

Earth Day

1970

acrylic on canvas

60 x 60 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present 1968. There will be a reception on Friday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
 
1968 marks the founding year of Marian Locks Gallery. The exhibit offers a snapshot of the period, one that was significantly defined by new materials and processes. In tribute to our founder, 1968 features artists long associated with the gallery and their contemporaries that created breakthrough work in the decade following 1968.
 
Perhaps fitting for its era, the 60s art world awakened to unconventional materials - artists experimented with industrial and commercial materials such as lead, Plexiglas, synthetic fabrics and automotive paints. Works in the exhibit reference the shifting political and social landscape.
 
Edna Andrade’s Earth Day (1970), Richard Artschwager’s paintings on celetox, Judy Chicago’s Lifesaver series, Thomas Chimes’ vinyl box constructions and Jasper Johns’ lead reliefs all acknowledge the progressive ideas each of these artists pursued with subjects and materials.
 
The basic support for paintings was rethought by artists like Ralph Humphrey (shaped canvases) and James Havard (substituted a molded plastic support for canvas).
 
Painters such as Noel Mahaffey, John Moore, Elizabeth Osborne and Warren Rohrer tackled traditional subjects such as the landscape, the figure or interiors with new expressive energy - stirred by Pop, and influences from an older generation of artists such as George Segal, Agnes Martin, Alice Neel and Alex Katz.
 

Marian Locks (1914–2010) championed both emerging and established artists in a long career spent nurturing talent and creating a lively forum to present new art in the city. Beginning with a modest space and young artists, Marian Locks helped shape the contemporary art scene in Philadelphia—a legacy that continues today