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Garry Knox Bennett Works Biography

Garry Knox Bennett:  Statement

My formal training in painting and sculpture enabled me to develop a fairly original approach to my functional work.

My preference is to work alone. I do very little drawing with regard to what I make. I will often start with just a line drawn directly onto wood or metal (for a starting point) with no specific piece of work in mind.  I enjoy following a thought or material (or often just a shape I come upon) to a final resolution.  I tend to work in series; benches, tables, clocks, lamps, sculptural pieces and most recently, chairs and small tables.  I design and fabricate my own hardware which, for me, serves to complete the overall design elements in a more original and cohesive manner.

Visual excitement is a large part of what I try to incorporate into my work.  I tend to employ a broad range of diverse material often incorporating found or re-purposed objects.  This diversity allows me to select successful elements that will serve to resolve issues (with design and composition) that can occur as a piece evolves.

I love challenge and will intentionally try to set up situations that keep pushing me forward. I enjoy taking one element and letting it re-emerge in subsequent pieces until I feel that any issues I may perceive have been resolved.

Pulling together all of the visual and material components (surface, color, texture, etc.) that go into my work  creates excitement for me and serves as a continuing challenge.  I follow the same process with my painting, jewelry and sculptural work.

GKB 2016

 

GARRY KNOX BENNETT

Born: Alameda California, 1934

 

EDUCATION

California College of the Arts (formally CCAC) Oakland/San Francisco CA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY

Solo Exhibitions

2016      Garry Knox Bennett: Inside at Pritam & Eames, The Gallery at Somes Sound ME

2015      Garry Knox Bennett: Inside at Pritam & Eames, The Gallery at Somes Sound  ME

Airplane” B. Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2014      Velvet Da Vinci gallery, San Francisco CA

2014      B. Sakata Garo gallery, Sacramento CA

2013      Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

2013      Gallery Naga, Boston MA

2011      Gallery NAGA,  Garry Knox Bennett: Lights, Tables, Bling – Boston MA

2010      Richmond Arts Center, CA (pending) 9/12/10 – 11/13/10

2009      Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto CA

2009      Katzen Center, American University DC

2009      American Association of Woodturners at Albuquerque NM

2008      Fuller Museum, Brockton MA

2008      Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE

2008      Gallery NAGA, Boston MA

2007      Racine Art Museum, Racine WI

2006      Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA

2005      Gallery 555/Sculpture Court, Oakland Museum, CA

2003      Leo Kaplan Modern, New York

2002      Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York

2001      Museum of  Arts & Design, New York: Retrospective Exhibition

2001      Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, New York

2001      Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York

2001      Oakland Museum, California: Retrospective Exhibition

2001      Tercera Gallery, San Francisco CA

1999      Leo Kaplan Modern Gallery, New York

1998      Peter Joseph Gallery, New York

1998      Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York

1996-97         Peter Joseph Gallery, New York

1995      Peter Joseph Gallery, New York

1994      Peter Joseph Gallery, New York

1993-1960:

Kummer-Stewart Gallery, Gualala CA

The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Brendan Walter Gallery, Carmel CA

Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco CA* Foster Goldstrom Gallery, San Francisco CA

& Dallas TX

Workbench Gallery, New York

Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA

Alexander F. Milliken Gallery, NY

Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2016      The Spotlight: Functional Lighting as Illuminated Sculpture,  Craft In America center,

Los Angeles CA

2016      California Wood Artists: Maloof and Beyond, Sam & Alfreda Maloof Foundation for

Arts and Crafts, Los Angeles CA

2015      50 Years of Works, Snyderman/Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2015      Maloof Foundation, California Makers, CA

2013      Reform Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2012      Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco CA

2012      Center for Wood Art, Philadelphia PA

2012      Gallery Naga, Boston MA

2011      Postmodernism, Victoria & Albert Museum, London England 8/25/11

2010      Form & Function, The Atrium, San Francisco CA   (Two-person exhibition)

2010      Craft in America, Silver Dollar City 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Kansas City MO

(Invitational)

2010      Gallery Naga, Boston MA

2010      Mobielia Gallery, Cambridge MA

2009      Far Side of Function: contemporary works in wood, DairyBarn Arts Center Athens OH

2009      Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco CA

2008      Art In America (traveling cont.)

2007      Gallery NAGA, Boston MA

2007      Craft In America , Little Rock AK (travel several years) includes PBS award winning

segment

2006      Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA

2005      Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco CA

2005      Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA

2005      Gallery NAGA, Boston MA

2005      The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco CA

2005      Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA

2003-04         California Design 2004, San Francisco CA

2003-4  San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design, CA

2003-4  Frankfurt 9th Triennial, Museum fur Angewande Kunst, Frankfurt GR  (Traveled to

Klingspor Museum, Offenbach Germany  and  Museum of Arts & Design, New  York)

2003      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

2003      Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2003      Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA

2003      Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

2003      Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2003      Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia PA

2002      Fuller Museum, Brockton MA  (Traveled to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,

Houston TX)

2002      California Design 2002, San Francisco CA

2002      Furniture Society “The Right Stuff” (invited artist)  (exhibition traveled through 2003

to 2002       University of Wisconsin, Madison  & N. Carolina St. U.)

2002      Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield CT

2001      Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA

2001      Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT

2001      SOFA Chicago, IL

2000      American Craft Museum, New York

2000      Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte NC

2000      San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

1999      Crocker Museum, Sacramento CA

1999      Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA

1999      Tercera Gallery, San Francisco CA

1998      Craft & Folk Art Museum, San Francisco CA

1998      Tercera Gallery, San Francisco CA

1997-96         Neuberger Museum, Purchase NY

1996-97         Oakland Museum, CA

1996-97         Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto CA (two-person exhibition)

1995      Wharton Esheric Museum, Paoli PA

1995      Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA

1994      Contemporary Craft Museum, San Francisco CA

1994      Oakland Museum, CA

1993-1960:

Oakland Museum, CA

American Craft Museum, New York

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, WDC

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

Gallery NAGA, Boston MA

Monterey Museum, CA

Society for Arts & Crafts, Boston MA

Triton Museum of Art, Palo Alto CA

Elements Gallery, NY

California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland CA

De Anza College Museum, Cupertino CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Note: Group exhibitions started in 1960 with painting & sculpture. One-person exhibitions started in 1962.  First exhibition as a furniture maker was in 1979.  Range of work includes: painting, sculpture, prints.  Functional work includes: jewelry, clocks, lamps and a full range of furniture.

Additionally: A more complete bibliography and exhibition history is available on request or can be found in the book “Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett”.  (This book was published on the occasion of a major retrospective which opened at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York (formally the American Craft Museum) in 2001 and traveled to the Oakland Museum in California later that year.

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Museum of Arts & Design, NY

De Young Museum, San Francisco CA

Fine Arts Museum, Mobile AL

Judah Magnus Museum, Oakland CA

Mint Museum of Arts + Design, Charlotte NC

Montreal Museum of Art,, Canada

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

Oakland Museum, CA

Racine Art Museum, WI

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, WDC

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens GA

LACMA, Los Angeles CA

 

AWARDS

2011      Master of the Medium – James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Museum

2004      Merit Award, Lifetime Achievement – Furniture Society

1996      American Craft Council, College of Fellows

1984      Merit Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1975      Award, Contemporary Crafts of the Americas

1974      Award, De Anza College

1960      Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

ARCHIVAL COLLECTION:  SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 2003

Archives of American Art’s Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project: All papers and personal files, photographs and a complete oral history (available on line).  All Material from ongoing career will continue to be archived.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND BOOKS

Furniture with Soul: Master Woodworkers and Their Craft   (japanese & english pub.)

               Kodansha, 2011

Twirlings: Garry Knox Bennett – Stepping away from Bowl-ness (catalog), American

Association of Woodturners, 2009

Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker  (catalog) Bellevue Arts Museum, 2006

Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett American Craft Museum, 2001

Explorations II: The New Furniture, American Craft Museum, 1991

Art for Everyday: The New Craft Movement Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 1990

New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furniture Makers Museum of Fine

Arts, Boston, 1990

American Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical Wienfield and Nicholson, 1986

Contemporary American Woodworkers Layton, Utah: Gribbs M. Smith, 1986

American Craft, A Source Book for the Home Stuart, Tabori & Chang, Inc., 1983

 

VIDEOS

2007      Craft In America – PBS segment (aired nationally)

2005      Artist at Work: Garry Knox Bennett – Spark segment, KQED inc.

2001      Dialog & Interview at the Oakland Museum: Garry with John R. Marlowe and Abby

               Wasserman, Retrospective exhibition at the Oakland Museum CA.

2001      Unedited video: walk through and discussion with Garry and Ursula Ilse-Neuman

(curator for the 2001 retrospective exhibition Made in Oakland: the Furniture of Garry

               Knox Bennett) at the opening of the exhibition, New York venue.

1994      Cut Loose: New American Furniture Makers, San Francisco CA: Minott Weihnacht

Productions, (1994 Cine golden Eagle award).

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