Max Cole: Works 1970-2018

  • Hardcover
    10.5 x 12.25 inches
    140 images / 272 pages

  • Artwork by Max Cole

    Texts by Douglas Dreishpoon, Stefan Kraus, Giuseppina Panza

    Excerpts from Sidney Janis, Raimund Stecker, Magdalena Broska, Dan Cameron, Richard Vine, Laura Mattioli Rossi, Elisabeth Grossman, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, David Pagel, Andreas Pinczewski, Reinhard Ermen, Steven Evans

  • ISBN: 9781942185215
  • Trade Edition: $65.00
  • Signed Edition: $70.00


Over the course of five decades, California-based painter Max Cole (born 1937) has refined her visual language into a series of vertical and horizontal lines, and a restrained palette of gray, black, and white. With up to 80 layers of paint, her artwork also comprises areas of unpainted linen, subtly interchanging the texture of paint with the texture of fabric. Upon closer inspection, these paintings reveal tiny, imperfect, hatch marks that, when examined from afar, oscillate. As Cole says, “The result is quiet, inward and meditative, transcending the physical.”

This volume presents work from Cole’s career spanning the past half-century, including a full overview of her works on canvas and paper, as well as a complete chronology of her life, and excerpts from sixteen compelling, academic texts. Cole developed as an artist in Los Angeles from 1964–78, began showing at Sidney Janis in 1977, and then moved to New York, while also maintaining a studio in Germany and exhibiting in Europe during the ’80s and ’90s. She now lives and works in northern California.


Born in Kansas in 1937, Cole began exhibiting her work in the early 1960s. Her work is contained in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Panza di Biumo Collection, Varese, Italy; and the Museums of Moderner Kunst in Otterndorf, Wuppertal, Ingolstadt, Cologne, and Munich, Germany. She is represented by Charlotte Jackson Fine Art in Santa Fe.