“ Paris-based American artist Jedd Novatt has been employing and manipulating key minimalist visual and material tropes — the cube, unyielding medium, towering scale — in order to evolve the now long-stalled project [minimalism] beyond its traditional static and reflexive nature. […] As if arrested in a process of being formed from the primordial state of disorder to which the series title alludes, in a perpetual state of becoming, they inspire awe and impart grand emotions unfamiliar in the history of minimalism.”
Thomas Collins, Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
“Out of chaos comes order. Jedd Novatt’s impressive body of work explores the structural tensions specific to sculpture — the forces that bring equilibrium or dis-equilibrium to three-dimensional form. Notwithstanding the disorder implied by their titles, the finished objects are elegant and visually thrilling.”
“Novatt’s works carry a freight of implied danger that seems to intensify with the increase in scale. His large-scale outdoor works are also impressive feats of engineering, yet happily they are feats that remain subtly subordinated to the aesthetic power of the work. […]
The death of Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) left a gaping hole on the horizon of ‘proper’ sculpture — sculpture that is concerned with those eternally important matters such as scale, volume, structure, balance, the dialectics of internal and external energy, and so on. […] Novatt may be the rightful heir to Chillida’s crown.”
Tom Flynn, London-based art historian
Jedd Novatt has been represented in recent solo and group exhibitions at such venues as Sotheby’s Beyond Limits at Chatsworth, UK (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013); the Lever House , New York (2013); La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie , Roubaix, France (2008); Butler Institute of American Art , Ohio (2010); and SCAD -Atlanta (2009). Exhibitions of Novatt’s Chaos series have been held internationally in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and Moscow.
His works today are to be found in prestigious public and private collections internationally including: Pérez Art Museum Miami , Miami FL (in the sculpture garden of the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum opening in December 2013); City of Bilbao (in the arts district near the Guggenheim Museum ); City of Yountville, Napa Valley, CA; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; La Piscine, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, France; The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ and Parco de’Medici, Rome, Italy among others.
Born 1958 in New York City, Novatt attended Sarah Lawrence College (B.A. 1980). He currently lives in Paris, France and works in studios in France and the Basque region of Spain. Before moving to France in 2002, Novatt lived in Manhattan for 25 years and worked in studios in Tribecca.