Lily Stockman: Imaginary Gardens

limited edition monograph publishes January, 2019
published by Charles Moffett with an essay by Roger White

please contact Charles Moffett Gallery to reserve an edition


The New Yorker review 7/26/18:
"All over the moon"
The photographer Jack Pierson, much admired for the louche melancholy of his photographs and the poetic concision of his salvaged word sculptures, has an eye for abstract painting, too, judging by this laid-back three-person show, which he curated. Archways (or maybe they’re horseshoes?) in soothing shades of periwinkle lend Lily Stockman’s hard-edged canvases an austere iconography. Richard Tinkler’s large room of small paintings, as tightly packed as a tin of sardines, reveals a distinct, mystical vision in vibrant, wet-on-wet compositions of blazing vortices, webs, and crosshatched patterns. Laurel Sparks brings a similarly appealing looseness to her graceful, anything-goes paintings, in which woven canvas strips, lines of bright yarn, papier-mâché, and jingle bells recall grade-school craft projects and circus flags, as well as maps of the cosmos.

— Johanna Fateman

New York Magazine review 8/5/2018:
Abstraction at its best”

This great gallery’s summer show, curated by artist Jack Pierson, is breathtaking and features three soon-to-be first-rank painters: Laurel Sparks, Lily Stockman, and Richard Tinkler. Sparks and Stockman are stellar colorists, and Tinkler’s lit-up, loosely geometric canvases radiate visionary intelligence that transforms into optical magic carpets to expansive shores.

—Jerry Saltz

The Paris Review review 8/8/2018:
"All Over the Moon"

I experienced the new Cheim & Read show, “All Over the Moon,” as a Monty Hall problem for an audience lured by the title’s promise of joy, a sort of trilemma of the liberated imagination. The three artists, Laurel Sparks, Lily Stockman, and Richard Tinkler, all work in the abstract. The show is curated by Jack Pierson, and the intrigue rests on the fact that the three showcased visions of being, each in separate rooms, seem difficult to synthesize. The final room belongs to Lily Stockman, who works with oil on linen. She holds degrees in painting and botany and studied Buddhism in Mongolia. Her muted hues and smooth textures bring a relieving visual silence after the stimulation of the prior rooms, and her formal studies all come together on the canvas. The eye and mind may rest here, especially within Jordan Pond, my favorite piece of the show. As I left the Stockman room and then the gallery, I thought of a Talking Heads line: “Heaven is a place / where nothing ever happens.”

—Ben Shields

ARTnews 04/12/18:
"Leaving Sotheby’s, Charles Moffett Will Open Gallery in Manhattan’s Chinatown With Lily Stockman Show"

By Annie Armstrong 

Before he even signed a lease, Charles Moffett knew that the first exhibition in his gallery in New York would be of Lily Stockman’s glowing, spare abstract paintings. Moffett, who left his position as vice president and co-head of day sales at Sotheby’s to open the space, told ARTnews, “I didn’t know when it was going to be, but I knew it was going to be her work.”

Now there is a date. On May 4, Stockman’s show, “Loquats,” will open at Charles Moffett Gallery on 265 Canal Street in Chinatown. The rough, wood floors and high, arching ceilings are reminiscent of a classic SoHo gallery space, and its warm character is what convinced Moffett to rent it. “It really became apparent end of last year that I needed to be in a space of my own,” he said, “and I needed to show artists of my own generation.”

Going into the art business, Moffett has followed in the footsteps of his father, Charles S. Moffett, who organized storied shows of Impressionism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before going to Sotheby’s, where in 2012 he won a version of Munch’s The Scream  (1895) for a client for $119.9 million, then the most ever paid for a work at auction. The price point will be decidedly lower at the son’s gallery, given its focused on artists early in their careers.

Moffett has been following Stockman for some time, “When she got out [of grad school at N.Y.U.] and moved to L.A., she started making these unbelievably beautiful abstract paintings that blend painters from Agnes Martin to Milton Avery to [Billy] Al Bengston,” the dealer said. “Both through her hand and gesture, but also her color palette and ability to take abstract work and make it figurative in a certain way, I feel as though it’s just such a different approach to what a lot of artists her age are doing.”

Stockman, who has had one-person shows at Gavlak and Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles, said  that spring in that city renewed her commitment to color, which can be lush and lurid in her works. She was taken specifically with the deep blues of morning glories, which she likens to the blues characteristic in Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary (Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto, 1460), and with the unique fruit of loquat trees. “The fruit looks like an apricot,” Stockman said. “But with this luscious, transparent flesh. When the light hits it right, you can see the pit. I think that’s how to think of these paintings.”

The show will be on view through June 30, and Moffett said that he plans to have most shows have a similar duration—seven or eight weeks, generally. “I feel as though shows are getting shorter and shorter, and the turnover is so quick,” Moffett said. “ I want to be able to provide a space and an exhibition schedule for artists that is a nice, long run.”

Tomorrow’s Man 4
Curated by Jack Pierson
November 11 – December 22, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, November 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10: 00 am – 6:00 pm

Regen Projects is pleased to present Tomorrow’s Man 4, a group exhibition curated by Jack Pierson, featuring ten emerging and established artists based in Los Angeles and its environs.

The concept for the exhibition comes out of Pierson’s ongoing celebrated artist book,Tomorrow’s Man, inspired by the famous bodybuilding magazine from the 1950s and ‘60s. The collaboration began when Bywater Bros Editions approached Pierson about publishing a monograph on his work. In response, Pierson suggested a new form of publication that combined his work with that of his contemporaries, many of whom had never before been exhibited in galleries. Adopting the layered, collage-like aesthetic of the mid-century magazine, the book presents stunning combinations of color, form, and texture.

Presented in conjunction with the release of the fourth volume in the series, the exhibition brings together a selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by artists featured in the publication; Brian CalvinCali DeWittShari ElfTrevor HernandezLiz LarnerPaul Mpagi SepuyaLily StockmanRichard TinklerJohn Tottenham, and Evan Whale.

“This exhibition is devoted to West Coast artists. I hope it tells a West Coast kind of story,” said Pierson.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
For all press inquiries, please contact Ben Thornborough at +1 310 276 5424 or benthornborough@regenprojects.com.

"Pollinator" reviewed in the Los Angeles Times

Flower beds? Body parts? The compelling abstract paintings of Lily Stockman
Sharon Mizota

Lily Stockman’s strikingly simple geometric abstractions at Gavlak gallery possess a mysterious confidence. Her softly curved lozenges, U-shapes and circles, rendered in a mostly muted palette of grays, yellows and pinks, refer to 1970s feminist abstraction, but also feel strangely unique.

But nothing comes from nowhere, and Stockman’s paintings were inspired by filmmaker Derek Jarman’s famous sustainable garden in Britain. Stockman’s vocabulary of shapes could be flower beds or abstracted body parts, or even a rudimentary alphabet. They suggest a correspondence between landscape and body in which it is hard to tease out which is which. In this sense they embody Jarman’s philosophy of gardening with, not in spite of, the natural terrain.

One motif consists of two or more horizontal lozenges stacked , placed atop one another on a vertical canvas. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Rothko’s stacked rectangles of luminous color, except, where his blocks feather out anxiously to nothingness, Stockman’s are discretely rounded and self-contained. They don’t have boundary issues; they seem to know who or what they are.

This self-assurance might be due in part to Stockman’s background in Buddhist thangka painting. The works certainly have a meditative quality, and the shapes are all created freehand, betraying slight wobbles or asymmetries. It’s this human touch that sets them apart from hard-edged abstraction and makes them so quietly compelling.

Gavlak, 1034 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 467-5700, through May 7. Closed Sundays and Mondays. www.gavlakgallery.com

Lily Stockman "Pollinator"
March 11 – May 7, 2016

GAVLAK Los Angeles
GAVLAK Los Angeles is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Lily Stockman. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
In this series of paintings, Stockman takes inspiration from Derek Jarman’s postmodern garden on the rugged coast of England­, a place where the inhospitable terrain is framed by geometric beds of native plants and collected stones. The gardener's challenge -to impose one's sense of order on the landscape while working within its parameters- is also the painter's. Stockman’s decidedly minimal paintings (and her own garden in the Mojave Desert) thrive on this balance.
Stockman’s work explores alliterative shapes and chromatic harmonies within her body-scaled canvases. Her biomorphic shapes are controlled, outlined, and athletic; they fill the gallery space like dancers taking their positions. Altogether the result is both meditative and exuberant– orbs of cool grey and warm ochre seem to float off the dyed linen, ecstatic outbursts of vermillion and coral, a color field of poppies.
Here Stockman is both a landscape architect of spirituality and a choreographer of bodily joy, mapping shapes and colors with a nod to Agnes Martin and Milton Avery but in a language that is all her own. Although her elegant lines appear straight from a distance, closer inspection reveals her geometry is imperfectly mirrored. She uses no guides or taping-off­, but rather a confidence of hand and mind. The wobbles and overlapping transparencies become thrills of close noticing, rewards for seductions – painting as flower, viewer as pollinator.
Lily Stockman (born 1982, Providence, RI) lives and works in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree. She graduated from Harvard University in 2006 where she studied painting and botany. She completed an apprenticeship in Buddhist thangka painting at the Union of Mongolian Artists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and in 2010 she moved to Jaipur, Rajasthan to study pigment and Mughal miniature painting with Ajay Sharma. Stockman received her MFA in studio art from New York University in 2013. 

More info here.

Opening reception: Thurs. July 9 2015 | 6-8PM


E.1027: Gra­ham Collins, Denise Kupfer­schmidt, Sofia Leiby, Mike Pratt, Gary Stephan and Lily Stock­man

July 9, 2015 – August  5, 2015

Joe Sheftel Gallery

24A Orchard Street
New York, New York 10002

November, 2014

LUIS DE JESUS | Los Angeles

Lily Stockman: Women

November 8, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Lily Stockman, Baboon, 2014, oil on Indian linen, 52 x 32 in


November 8 - December 20, 2014
Artist's Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 6-8 PM

"Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. …What is going on in these pictures in my mind?" — Joan Didion

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present LILY STOCKMAN in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, titled Women, on view from November 8 through December 20, 2014. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, November 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Lily Stockman describes the experience of creating the paintings in Women like that of being in a painterly feminist utopia, wherein each of the human-scaled paintings stand as portraits of her three sisters and mother. Women also brings to mind Willem de Kooning's own iconic contributions and, a half century later, seems to beg the question: where do we stand now in abstraction and the female form? Stockman?s paintings pose new questions for process in terms of both the analysis and the making of paintings.

Lily Stockman's brilliantly colored and elegantly executed abstract paintings are based on commonplace experience that transcends the "object" to reveal a phenomenological experience for the viewer. They are a distillation of her own immediate interactions in the world: her observations on architecture (a drive-in theater in Twentynine Palms, the Art Deco "movie palaces" of Downtown Los Angeles), landscape (the desert palette of Rajasthan and Joshua Tree), opinions (Joan Didion, Janet Malcolm, her mother), passions (gardening, Indian textiles), and labors and sacrifices (craft, beauty, purpose). Stockman forces us to look at the object as not so much the result of a process but a representation of one. Her work points at how multiple activities, histories, and locations can be embedded within single images.

Borrowing from a banquet of art historical traditions—Stockman is a student of both Indian miniature and Mongolian thangka painting—Stockman's work is athletic and rigorously anti-technology—hers is a practice devoted to the hand, the pulled line, and multiple layers of transparencies that serve to coax her curiosity about the physical process of making a painting. The Women are "represented" through a combination of pared down geometricized compositions that employ tubular lines, heightened colors (flesh tones, Pepto pink) and bawdy, organic shapes suggestive of body parts. Yet the works are not the contrived detritus or byproduct of art history; hers is neither a form of appropriation nor a form of conceptual painting.

Stockman writes about her hardscrabble garden in the Mojave Desert as "the perfect metaphor/mode for painting: a fine balance between bending something to your will, your fancy, your instinct, your style, your perspective, while also working within the strict parameters of the given conditions; the harsh climate of the desert or the picture plane." Thus, we are brought to her works? ultimate dislocation: out of history and into the moment.

"Ultimately how one couches oneself as a painter in 2014—in the tradition of 19th and 20th century Western art—is completely irrelevant,' states Stockman. 'What endures, what has meaning, what has lasting clout is the experience. Experience is the only real thing."

Based in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, Lily Stockman graduated with an honors thesis in painting in 2006 from Harvard University and received her MFA in studio art from New York University in 2012, where she also taught undergraduate painting. She was a 2013 teaching fellow in the Visual & Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University. She has apprenticed in thangka painting with the Union of Mongolian Artists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and in Indian miniature painting with Ajay Sharma in Jaipur, India. She is cofounder of Block Shop Textiles, a hand block printed textile collaborative in Bagru, Rajasthan. Recent exhibitions include The Morning After at Tyler Wood Gallery in San Francisco. Stockman will participate in exhibitions at Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

For further information, please call 310-838-6000 or email gallery@luisdejesus.com.

November, 2014

GAVLAK | Palm Beach

Blessed Oblivion

November 25, 2014 – January 5, 2015

An exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists at the flagship GAVLAK Palm Beach.

Ed Ruscha, Vine/Melrose, 1999, Lithograph in colors on wove paper, 22 х 30 in, 55.88 x 76.2 cm

Artists include Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Mary Corse, Zoe Crosher, Lecia Dole-Recio, Francesca Gabbiani, Mark Grotjahn, Michael John Kelly, Robert Levine, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Rob Reynolds, Ed Ruscha, Aaron Sandnes, Jim Shaw, Lily Stockman, Vincent Szarek, Britton Tolliver, and Brian Wills.