Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

The Gonzalez Hickey Collection is a significant collection of unique contemporary works on paper by over 400 early to mid-career contemporary artists from around the world. While the collection initially focused on minimalist geometric abstract works, it has grown to include conceptual works on paper and works that challenge traditional notions of drawing. The character of the collection is shaped by Hickey’s aesthetic and is guided by strict adherence to a set of principles she developed for collecting.

The accessibility and study of the collection is of paramount importance to Ms. Hickey, and is a critical aspect of her collecting. SYZYGY (from the Greek word syzygos: consort, the twin, the thing to which one is drawn to connect, a gravitational system) is a curatorial and study platform focused on the works in the collection. It was established to promote a deeper understanding of the nature of works on paper, and provide resources and educational opportunities to graduate level students for scholarly investigation.

The Revolutionaries

John Sparagana, Esopus: The Revolutionaries, 2013, fatigued, sliced, and mixed magazine pages with oil stick on paper, 24 x 35”, Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago



Alexis Portilla
Silver Spiders II, 2000
ink, graphite, acrylic on paper
38 x 50”
Courtesy of the artist and Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York


Ruben Ochoa
Untitled, 2013
intaglio with rust and graphite on paper
39.25 x 25.50 x 2"
Courtesyof the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer


Silver Spiders II

Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

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    Alexis Portilla, Silver Spiders II, 2000, ink, graphite, acrylic on paper, 38 x 50”, Courtesy of the artist and Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York

    Alexis Portilla (b. 1965 Mexico City; lives & works New York, NY) is known for his compositions of atmospheric color that feature an expansive range of symbol-like marks. Portilla’s motifs are based on images from his memory, as well as his affinity for Oceanic art. He explores these inspirations in a variety of mediums, and his meticulous consideration of surface results in vibrating, planes of color that interact in unexpected ways.

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    Ruben Ochoa, Untitled, 2013, intaglio with rust and graphite on paper, 39.25 x 25.50 x 2". Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

    Ruben Ochoa’s (b. 1974 Oceanside, CA; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, site-specific and site-responsive installations, photography, drawing and public intervention. An aspect of his work touches upon the urban surrounding of the city, the tension between social classes, urban architecture and nature. He uses a range of materials, including basic building materials such as rebar, concrete and excavated earth. In works that defy expectation, Ochoa liberates these materials from their usual purpose to expose urban constructs and their role in controlling, isolating and marginalizing nature and people.










  Participating Artists     
Jill Baroff
Samy Benmayor
Raffaella Chiara
Marti Cormand
Annabel Daou
Sergio Gutiérrez
Chuck Holtzman
Károly Keserü
Ruben Ochoa
Alexis Portilla
Holli Schorno
Simon Schubert
Dan Shaw-Town
Lisa Sigal
John Sparagana



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