The magnetism in Fyfe’s work lies in the undulation between haut-formalism and his quotidian palette. He establishes a lyricism in every work as a result of something like a secret recipe, ingredients including material plenitude, contemplative and decisive precision, and under-manipulated chance.

Joe Fyfe was born in 1952 and lives and works in New York. He has shown internationally throughout the last three decades. Recent solo exhibitions include White Columns, New York; Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne; ACME, Los Angeles; James Graham & Sons, New York; Ryllega, Hanoi, Vietnam; and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg. Fyfe was awarded a Fulbright in 2006 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. In 2010, he curated the widely recognized “Le Tableau” at Cheim & Read, New York. Additionally, he has curated shows at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; Zurcher Studio, New York; and Apex Art, New York. Fyfe has written articles for Artforum, Art in, Hyperallergic, and BOMB. He is represented by Galerie Christian Lethert in Cologne, Germany and Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg.

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Image: Joe Fyfe, Large Kappabashi Painting II, 2014. Felt, gingham, and cotton banner, 80 x 68 1/2 in.