Joe Zucker

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Porthole #4 by Joe Zucker, 1981, acrylic, cotton batting, and Rhoplex on canvas, Honolulu Museum of Art

Joe Zucker (born 1941) is an American artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 and an M.F.A., from the same institution in 1966.[1]

His art is quirky and idiosyncratic, and most often relates to the materials, such as cotton and plastic. His Porthole #4 from 1981, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art, demonstrates his innovative use of unusual materials.[2] The Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Northwestern University, Illinois), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, Texas), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, New York), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) are among the public collections holding work by Joe Zucker.[3]


  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Cy Twombly - Christopher Wilmarth - Joe Zucker, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1986
  • Kord, Catherine, Richard Artschwager, Chuck Close, Joe Zucker, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976, ISBN 0686998103
  • Yablonsky, Linda, Joe Zucker: Open Storage, New Paintings / Container Ships, Paul Kasmin, David Nolan Galleries, 2006, ISBN 0975439065
  • Zucker, Joe, Surfacing images: The paintings of Joe Zucker, 1969-1982, Albright-Knox Art Academy, 1982, ISBN 0914782452
  • Zucker, Joe, Joe Zucker. September 28 - October 28, 1989, Hirschl & Adler Modern, 1989, ISBN 0942051181
  • Zucker, Joe, Joe Zucker: Ravenna, GBE (Modern) Gavlak Projects, 2003, ISBN 097457239X
  • Zucker, Joe, Joe Zucker: an Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1976.
  • Zucker, Joe, Joe Zucker: a Decade of Paintings (1983-1994), Track 16 Gallery, 1995
  • Zucker, Joe and Terry R. Myers Zucker, Joe Zucker: The Grid Paintings, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Modern Art & Uncommon Objects, Chicago IL, 2011, ISBN 0983725810