Peter Sacks

Biography

The South African painter, Peter Sacks was born in 1950 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He lived there for the first part of his life, mostly in the city of Durban, on the Indian Ocean.  Sacks studied at Oxford, as well as, in the United States, at Princeton and Yale. His work included the study of art and the history of painting, and was influenced by the rock-art of Southern Africa, the frescoes of the early Renaissance, the funerary portraiture of Egypt and the entangled figurative and abstract heritages of Modernism. Sacks spent years traveling, most oftentimes on foot, across various parts of South and North America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

 
In addition, the shifting confluences of poetry and painting (Sacks is also the author of five volumes of poetry) arrive at visual concerns at once bodily, topographical and architectural. One senses the presence of battlegrounds or construction sites of ancient yet contemporary history. A procession of figures moves through some purgatorial region, caught between birth and catastrophe, between despair and survival. His recent paintings challenge our assumptions of what might or might not be human, whether in ourselves, or in the marks we make upon the spaces we inhabit, construct, deform, save or are forced to flee.

Peter Sacks divides his time between studios in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.

 

http://www.petersacks.com/

General

  • The artist currently lives and works in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

  • Educated at Princeton, Oxford, and Yale

  • Also the author of five books of poetry and "The English Elegy", a work of criticism.

  • 1950Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014Aftermath: New Paintings, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, New York, United States.

  • 2012 - 2013Peter Sacks: New Paintings, Paul Rodgers 9W, New York, New York, United States.

  • 2012 - 2013Peter Sacks: Recent Paintings, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, Texas, United States.

  • 2010Peter Sacks: Paintings, Paul Rodgers 9W, New York, New York, United States.

  • 2009 - 2010Sizwe Banzi est Mort (Sizwe Banzi is Dead) (set design for Peter Brook), Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, France.

  • 2007 - 2008Peter Sacks: Emergency, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France.

  • 2004Peter Sacks: Checkpoint, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016The Woven Arc, The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

  • 2015 Expo Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

  • 2015 Art International, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 2015Books Beyond Artists: Words and Images, Ivorypress, Madrid, Spain.

  • 2014Peter Sacks and Zachariah Rieke, Wade Wilson, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.

  • 2013Large Scale: The Painting Show, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, Texas, United States.

  • 2007 - 2008The Writer's Brush, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, New York, United States. Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

  • 2006 Bologna Art Fair, Bologna, Italy.

  • 2005 FiAC Art Fair, Paris, France.

  • 2004 FiAC Art Fair, Paris, France.

Public Collections

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, United States

  • The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

  • The Collection of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • The Cooper Museum of African and African American Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

  • The Beyond Borders Foundation, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom