Jedd Novatt (b. 1958)
Huracán II, 2021
Black Bronze Sculpture
42.25 x 26.75 x 18.50 in
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Jedd Novatt was born in New York City in 1958.
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, Novatt went to live in France and Italy. He taught at the Lacoste School of the Arts (now Savannah College of Art and Design) located in the medieval village of Lacoste in the Luberon region of Provence, France and lived in Todi, Italy. Novatt returned to New York City in 1981. He was hired as a sculpture assistant at the Sculpture Center on East 69th Street. He then briefly attended the MFA program at Columbia University before leaving to set up his first studio on Warren Street in Tribeca. In 1993, Novatt had his first solo exhibition in New York City at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In 2002, Novatt moved with his wife and son to Paris, France to work and live. He now divides his time among studios in Paris, Liverpool, the Luberon region of France, and his main studio in the Basque region in Spain. Since 2005, Novatt’s primary body of work has revolved around the multi-conceptual theme of Chaos. His sculptures consist of complex and rigorous compositions that are tenuously balanced, seemingly defying gravity. Novatt’s sculptures explore the void — carving negative space to make the invisible visible— thereby challenging what in fact is the form of a work.
One critic noted: “Novatt searches to capture an instant of equilibrium in unstable and fragile situations, similar to our existential condition, but also to the particular moment that we are living.” His two-dimensional works, often in the form of monotypes or collage, are comprised of minimalist compositions that illustrate the importance of drawing in Novatt’s sculpture. Novatt’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is held in major public, private, and corporate collections worldwide.