With a career spanning over five decades, the work of Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) is in the collections of such museums as the Allentown Art Museum, PA; Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; Portland Art Museum, OR; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum, Hartford, CT; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.
His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Galerie der Stadt, Tuttlingen, Germany; and The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. In 2007, Thomas Chimes was the focus of a major monograph and retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2013, a subsequent publication Into the White was released coinciding with a touring European exhibition, examining his celebrated later work.
Locks Gallery has represented the artist and his estate for over a quarter of a century, working to further understanding about the artist's four major periods of work: the crucifixion paintings (1958–65), metal box constructions (1965–73), panel portraits (1973–1978), and critically acclaimed white paintings (1980–2009).
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