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Gibb Slife, Dyptich, huile sur toile, 100 x 140 cm, 2021

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      The “Utah Jazz” is an American NBA basketball team. Originally the “New Orleans Jazz”, aptly named for its city’s rich musical history, the franchise was forced to sell in the late 1970’s due to bankruptcy. The buyer was Salt Lake City, Utah: arguably the least jazzy place in America.


       The result was the spirit found in art of collage:

      The epitome of Dada (a response to the horrors of WWI), Fluxus ( a similar movement in post WWII 1960’s) and the general practice made famous in painting by Robert Rauchenberg, Jasper Johns, Sigmar Polke and James Rosenquist, are just a few examples from the beginning of this modern painting phenomenon.

   The supposition was simple: things that don’t originally go together sometimes do and can on an unconscious level. The whole is (or can be) better than the sum of its parts.

      This new series of paintings by Gibb Slife further examines this practice and further suggests that this way of thinking has been going on since time immemorial by referencing 17th century’s trompe l’oeil painter Cornelius Gisbrechts, 18th century’s Charles La Croix and American 19th century’s John Peto , painters that undoubtedly have a direct line to contemporary painting according to Slife’s supposition. Rhythm and composition are invariably at the heart of all of the works in this exhibition; a commonality shared with the aforementioned artists.

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Gibb Slife, Two Subtitles in Conversation (Godard,Bergman), huile sur toile, 50 x 40 cm, 2021

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Born 1975 Cleveland, Ohio (American)

Lives and works in New York



1997 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence



2022 Utah Jazz, Galerie Pixi - Marie Victoire Poliakoff, Paris, France

2014 Mockingbird , Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY

2013 Four Paintings, Fitzroy Gallery, New York, NY

2012 Fitzroy Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Dead Language, Fitzroy Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Aberrant Deliberation, Mitterrand+Sanz, Zurich, Switzerland

2008 Mercury, Galerie Pixi - Marie Victoire Poliakoff, Paris, France

2006 Convolution, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC

2005 Galerie Pixi - Marie Victore Poliakoff, Paris, France

2003 Kontiki, A Project Space of Leo Koenig, Brooklyn, NY

1999 Norman Project, New York, NY



2020 100 Sculptures, curated by Todd Von Ammon & Joseph Ian Henrikson, New York, NY

2019 100 Sculptures, curated by Todd Von Ammon & Joseph Ian Henrikson Paris, France

2018 Burnt, curated by Leo Fitzpatrick , Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY

2018 100 Sculptures, curated by Todd Von Ammon & Joseph Ian Henrikson, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico,

2016 What’s Up. curated by Lawrence Van Hagen, Soho Arts Club, London, U.K.

2015 Eagles II, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2016 More Young Americans, curated by Susanne Van Hagen, Hotel de Miramion, Paris, France

2013 Bass! How low can you go?, curated by Amir Shariat, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2012 Blind Cut, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Bowry Lane, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Witte Brothers, curated by Johnny Mullen, New York, NY

2008 Plane Space, New York, NY

2007 Fit To Print, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Open Walls, White Columns, New York, NY

2006 Slow Burn, curated by Jonah Freeman, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva

2005 Dirty Pigeons NYC, 96 Gillespie, London

2004 RISD Fine Arts Biennial, Clare Oliver Fine Arts, New York

2003 Tendency For Ascendency, The New Space, New York

2003 Repellent Festival, Brooklyn

2002 Anima Botanica, Branch Gallery, New York

Valley Forge, Brooklyn

1999 100 Drawings, P.S.1 / MOMA, New York
Size Matters, Gale Gates, Brooklyn

1997 Mixing Messages: Graphic Design In Contemporary Culture, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York



The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

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Gibb Slife, Seven images of Solitude, huile sur toile, 120 x 100 cm, 2021


Gibb Slife, Backyard Atlanta, Peanuts, dessin, 55 x 75 cm, 2021

​Gibb Slife - Utah Jazz
Exposition du 14 janvier au 24 février 2022

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