JOHN WILCOX: The Relinquishment of Time

When an artist dies, what happens to their artwork?  This is the story of one man’s journey to posthumously archive and exhibit his brother’s artistic estate, and a window into the personal motives behind minimalist art.  

FILMED & EDITED BY: Exploredinary

PRODUCED BY: The Ioannes Project



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When abstract painter John Wilcox died in 2012, he left behind a massive collection of artworks. John didn’t leave behind instructions for what to do with his life’s work though. Instead, that decision was inherited by his brother David Wilcox who set off on a multiyear journey to memorialize John by having the works archived, cataloged, and exhibited.


“John’s work works in both ways – both as apparently cool and apparently uninvolved with the emotional aspect of the world,” said  Dr. Richard Brettell, founder of the Edith O’Donnell institute of Art History at the University of Texas-Dallas. “[But] then as you plummet it and get to know about the mark makings and [John’s] reasons for doing things you begin to understand that it too is an art which has as much depth as any work by Van Gogh or Delacroix.”


John Wilcox The Relinquishment of Time brings new life to the artist’s body of work. It reveals how experience shapes decisions and process. And helps audiences to understand that every stroke of the paintbrush can hold meaning. But more importantly, the film reveals that family and brotherhood can be a form of art itself. An artform that nourishes the soul, enlightens the mind and brings life to the body. 

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