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Pendulum, 1976

Pendulum, 1976

STREET, 2012

STREET, 2012

 James Nares interview


James Nares’ paintings and projects seek to capture the very moment of their own creation.

They are most frequently made in a single brushstroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Nares’ films and videos reference many of the same preoccupations with movement, rhythm and repetition, while also ranging further afield in their scope.

His work is included in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. In Spring 2014, Rizzoli published the first monograph dedicated to James Nares’s work in all media over the last four decades.



I remind myself that traveling through life as an artist requires one to distill things slowly. To be inquisitive, inventive, and patient—a lot of things get discarded along the way. It’s a little like boiling sea water to get at the salt.
— James Nares


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
American Express, New York, NY
Brookfield Properties, New York, NY
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Goldman Sachs & CO., New York, NY
Grand Hyatt, Tokyo, JP
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
Paine Webber, New York, NY
Pincus Warburg, New York, NY
Swiss Re Capital Bank, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


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