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Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 11th February, 6.00 - 8:30 pm

Exhibition Run: 12th February - 28th March

Maddox Arts is delighted to announce the opening of Willard Boepple’s The Sense of Things, an exhibition uniting a broad selection of work by the celebrated, New York-based artist. By placing recent work alongside that of historical pieces the exhibition traces the artist’s trajectory over several decades, following the ebb and flow of his attentions and hopes to present a rounded picture of a career dedicated to the formation of an intuitive, visual language all of his own.

At a first glance the viewer may be challenged to find commonality amongst the different modes and styles utilized by the artist but as Karen Wilkin observes in a recent monograph of the artist’s work published by Lund Humphries:

“The connection between thing and person— proves to be the conceptual thread that links this apparently omnivorous artist’s sources. What all of Boepple’s diverse stimuli have in common is that they are things used, manipulated, or inhabited in some way by human beings” 

So we see it is a preoccupation with the anatomy of everyday objects that distinguishes the artist’s oeuvre. By recasting the form of such objects we are invited to reappraise their purpose and glimpse a beauty beyond their common functionality. The utilization of the materials and production methods more commonly associated with industry and design further reinforces our sense of ambiguity towards these objects, as the familiar is recast with a sense of mystery. As the artist himself remarks of his relationship with his artistic forbears:

“Abstract sculpture removed itself from the figure via the Minimalists…It was such an extreme step. By getting back to what the body uses, I can deal with the world we build around us— things like tables and chairs that are part of our visual vocabulary.”

Together the exhibition offers a portrait of an artist, who has consistently found harmony in his surroundings, and who’s work offers us a vision of a world of sentient things who’s real value far outstrips their worldly necessity.

Willard Boepple was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1945, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1963), the University of California at Berkeley (1963-64), RISD (1967) and CUNY City College (1968). After teaching at Bennington College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he returned to New York, where he has lived for over thirty years. He has exhibited widely here and abroad, at galleries including Acquavella, André Emmerich, Tricia Collins and Broadbent Gallery, London. His work belongs to such noted institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Storm King Art Center and The Fitz William Museum in Cambridge, UK. Boepple served as chairman of the Triangle Artists’ Workshop for twenty years, an artist residency program that he helped replicate in Africa and the Caribbean.

The exhibition will coincide with the release of The Sense of Things by Karen Wilkin publsihed by Lund Humpries with a forward by Michael Fried, copies of which will be available from the gallery.

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For more work by Willard Boepple please go to www.theprintstudio.co.uk

Daedalus - The Print Studio Collectors Club 
  Daedalus is an exciting venture from The Print Studio, Cambridge, and we would like to invite you to become a part of it.  
 Each year, two renowned artists will be commissioned to create a print each specifically for the Daedalus club. The prints are limited to an edition of 70, with 50 provided to the members of the club. The remaining 20 prints are sold by the artists at their full retail price. The first year, we were very fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of John McLean and Stephen Chambers, two gifted and highly regarded artists. Both have worked extensively with the studio in the past. Their prints ‘Drumsturdy’ and 'The Female Quixote’ were very popular. 
 This year two leading New York artists, Willard Boepple and Ellen Lanyon have kindly agreed to make work for Daedalus. Both of them have a considerable reputation for their graphic work which is held in many important collections. 
  Envisaged as a long term venture, the Daedalus Club will invite two new artists to participate each year, though membership will be restricted to 50. This small, select community provides a rare opportunity for members to become closely involved in the working life of one of the UK’s finest printmaking studios, whilst building an exceptionally affordable collection of first rate work by some of the world’s best artists.  
  Membership provides:  
  
 Two 	prints each year (at no additional cost to the membership fee). Your 	membership number will correspond to the edition number on your 	prints. Members will receive the first print when they join and the 	second after six months. 
 
   
 A 	20% discount on the purchase of any other prints available from the 	Print Studio’s extensive stock list during your term of 	membership. 
 
   
 An 	invitation to you and your guests to two exclusive studio events. 	There will be a summer ‘open studio’ with a chance to meet the 	artists and the printers. In the winter there will be an exhibition 	of recent work. 
 
   
 Invitations 	to private views or gallery exhibitions associated with the Print 	Studio. 
 
   Membership costs £60 a month for twelve months, although members can make a one-off payment if desired. If you are interested in joining us or would like further information, please contact Kip Gresham at the Print Studio as soon as possible. Bearing in mind that membership is limited to 50 and we foresee that places may be filled quickly, a prompt reply would be appreciated.  
  If you choose to join now, your first print will be by Willard Boepple. As a new member you would also have the option to add the previous Daedalus prints by John McLean and Stephen Chambers to your collection by paying a supplement for the first year’s subscription. 

Daedalus - The Print Studio Collectors Club

Daedalus is an exciting venture from The Print Studio, Cambridge, and we would like to invite you to become a part of it.

Each year, two renowned artists will be commissioned to create a print each specifically for the Daedalus club. The prints are limited to an edition of 70, with 50 provided to the members of the club. The remaining 20 prints are sold by the artists at their full retail price. The first year, we were very fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of John McLean and Stephen Chambers, two gifted and highly regarded artists. Both have worked extensively with the studio in the past. Their prints ‘Drumsturdy’ and 'The Female Quixote’ were very popular.

This year two leading New York artists, Willard Boepple and Ellen Lanyon have kindly agreed to make work for Daedalus. Both of them have a considerable reputation for their graphic work which is held in many important collections.

Envisaged as a long term venture, the Daedalus Club will invite two new artists to participate each year, though membership will be restricted to 50. This small, select community provides a rare opportunity for members to become closely involved in the working life of one of the UK’s finest printmaking studios, whilst building an exceptionally affordable collection of first rate work by some of the world’s best artists.

Membership provides:

  • Two prints each year (at no additional cost to the membership fee). Your membership number will correspond to the edition number on your prints. Members will receive the first print when they join and the second after six months.

  • A 20% discount on the purchase of any other prints available from the Print Studio’s extensive stock list during your term of membership.

  • An invitation to you and your guests to two exclusive studio events. There will be a summer ‘open studio’ with a chance to meet the artists and the printers. In the winter there will be an exhibition of recent work.

  • Invitations to private views or gallery exhibitions associated with the Print Studio.

Membership costs £60 a month for twelve months, although members can make a one-off payment if desired. If you are interested in joining us or would like further information, please contact Kip Gresham at the Print Studio as soon as possible. Bearing in mind that membership is limited to 50 and we foresee that places may be filled quickly, a prompt reply would be appreciated.

If you choose to join now, your first print will be by Willard Boepple. As a new member you would also have the option to add the previous Daedalus prints by John McLean and Stephen Chambers to your collection by paying a supplement for the first year’s subscription.