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Petzel Represents the Estate of Malcolm Morley

November 21, 2022

Lida Morley and Friedrich Petzel announce that Petzel Gallery will now represent the Estate of Malcolm Morley.

Malcolm Morley was a pioneer in the arts who gained acclaim for his idiosyncratic style, which set itself apart in its uncanny synthesis of photorealism and expressionism. Born in London in 1931, the artist trained in landscape painting at the Camberwell School of Arts and developed an interest in abstract art during his time at the Royal College of Art. He moved to New York in 1958, where he remained until his death. Operating under a time in which Pop Art prevailed, Morley offered a counterpoint through what he dubbed as his “Super Realist” aesthetic, in which he sourced imagery from found photographs that range from travel brochures to old-master paintings. As he transferred his images onto canvases using a grid system, he amplified the scenes with unnatural saturation, dramatic composition and his painterly know-how. The subject matter, most emblematically limited to old planes and ships, always bore a link to his own biographical experiences. Just as photorealism gained traction in the New York art scene, Morley veered away to question, attack and fracture his images in more expressive stylistic modes, allowing his personal crises, along with those in the world at large, to spill out. In his adventurous ethos, Morley continuously incorporated a variety of artistic styles into his practice to embark into uncharted territories that did not always align with dominant tastes.

“I look forward to working with Friedrich Petzel as we continue to honor and preserve the legacy of Malcolm Morley,” says Lida Morley. “I’m excited to collaborate and develop many interesting future projects with the entire Petzel team.”

“It will be a great pleasure to work on behalf of the estate of one of the most radical and esteemed painters,” says Friedrich Petzel. “Malcolm Morley’s restless curiosity has been an inspiration not only for many artists we represent but generations of painters since the 1960s working in the US and Europe. Our first show will originate at Capitain Petzel during the Berlin Gallery Weekend in late April 2023.”

Photo: Jason Schmidt

Lisa Brice Joins Thaddaeus Ropac

November 18, 2022

The gallery will represent Brice in Europe, and her first solo exhibition will open on 16 October 2023 in the Paris Marais space.

“Lisa Brice is such a fascinating artist. Her approach to painting and drawing women occupying a space of their own choosing is both arresting and intriguing. Her work is profoundly of our time while recontextualising art historical depictions of women with an authority that is inspiring” - Thaddaeus Ropac

South-African-born and London-based, Lisa Brice paints individual and group portraits of women in her signature cobalt blue. Her figures are liberated from the roles of model and muse to take their place as artists engaged in empowered assertions of self-representation.

“I like to think that my paintings are the antithesis of misrepresentation - the reclamation of the canvas by all the models, painters, wives, mistresses and performers. The spaces I depict are dream-like in the sense that they are fictional, but very much based on reality and lived, sensorial experience” - Brice

Jiab Prachakul Joins Timothy Taylor

November 15, 2022

Timothy Taylor announces the representation of Jiab Prachakul. The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery will take place in New York in May 2023. Prachakul will continue to be represented by the San Francisco-based gallery Micki Meng (formerly Friends Indeed).

Jiab Prachakul paints friends and family in contemporary settings such as cafes, streets or studio apartments, revealing the everyday reality of human relations today. Her works depict artists, music composers, technology consultants, florists and designers in the simple moments of enjoying life—sipping wine, playing guitar, interacting with nature. Prachakul memorialises fleeting experiences in dense, tiny brushstrokes to lifelike effect, painting subtle details that offer clues about her subjects’ lives. Rich chiaroscuro offers sharp contrasts between light and darkness, like seeing the sensory textures of life through a honey-coloured filter: Prachakul emphasises the folds in skin and clothing, the crinkle of yellow goose flowers in May, the touch of a lover’s hand. ‘It’s a person’s life or feeling that I try to unfold in each painting,’ Prachakul noted in a 2021 conversation with The New York Times.

Identity, the foreign diaspora, and the loss or gaining of home are significant to Prachakul. Her convivial gatherings and evocations of urban loneliness allude to a tradition of Western realism, yet her paintings feature the Asian faces of friends and family who now live in Europe, like Prachakul. ‘When I look at the paintings that I like, I don’t see any Asian figures that represent my generation,’ Prachakul has said, ‘I want to be included there, and since I’m a portrait artist, why not depict what is really here, who I really am and the people around me?’

Before devoting herself to painting full-time, Prachakul studied film at Thammasat University in Bangkok and worked as a casting director. In 2008, Prachakul saw a David Hockney exhibition at the National Gallery in London, inspiring her to take up painting. Self-taught, Prachakul struggled to become an artist for over ten years in Berlin before winning the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Gallery in London against thousands of competitors. Experience in film and casting shaped her close attention to individual features: ‘I learned to observe peoples’ faces, to seek out the right moment of expression,’ Prachakul has said of her work as a casting director. A fluid sense of media shapes her work, from treasured films by Eric Roehmer, Yusujiro Ozu and others that seep into Prachakul’s paintings: Their precise control emerges from dozens of photographs and videos taken at the scene of experience, lending her work the hyperreal quality of life in a post-social media age.

Jiab Prachakul was born in 1979 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, and lives and works in Vannes, France. Prachakul. Her works are held in permanent collections worldwide, including the Cantor Art Center, the Walker Art Center, the ICA Miami and the Aishti Foundation.

Gagosian announces representation of Deana Lawson

October 28, 2022

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Deana Lawson in New York, Europe, and Asia. To inaugurate the relationship, the gallery will exhibit her photographs in a joint presentation with Sally Mann at Paris Photo, from November 10 to 13, 2022. A major survey of Lawson’s work is currently on view at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

A leading photo-based artist of her generation, Lawson is renowned for images that explore how communities and individuals hold space within shifting terrains of social, capital, and ecological orders. Lawson projects her own contemporary Black experience onto an expanded view of human history and cosmologies. Her gaze is both local and global, focusing on Brooklyn, the Americas, and countries connected to the African diaspora.

Lawson uses an expansive range of photographic technologies and practices, including large-, medium-format, and point-and-shoot cameras; appropriation; and holographic processes. Made in collaboration with close acquaintances and strangers she meets, her photographs are often set in domestic interiors that are symbolically dense, creating tableaux that suggest resonant narrative details. Whether clothed or nude, her subjects confront the camera and the viewer’s gaze.

Her striking large-scale prints emphasize themes of the corporeal, with the body as a site of social, cultural, and cosmological inscriptions. Taking inspiration from traditions including the vernacular snapshot, social documentary, and studio portraiture, she considers the visual language of the camera and the power of representation, beauty, and defiance.

photo: © Deana Lawson

Pierre Soulages, 1919-2022

October 27, 2022

LGDR has announced the passing of Pierre Soulages, who died at the age of 102 on Wednesday.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and artist Pierre Soulages. The most significant and internationally recognized artist of his time in France, he was 102 years old. Our thoughts and most sincere condolences are with Colette Soulages, the artist’s wife and partner of 80 years, as well as his family, friends, studio, and Alfred Pacquement, president of the Musée Soulages. We have been immensely privileged and honored to work closely with Soulages for nearly two decades. While to most, he is known as the painter of black, we hope he will forever be remembered as the painter of light. Soulages was a prolific creative force—a painter, sculptor, and draftsman—who approached his work not only with skill and intuition, but also with conceptual, philosophical, and alchemical rigor. He forged a career remarkable for its openness to reinvention and its longevity. Through his astonishing body of work, Soulages beckoned us to look at art with incisiveness, curiosity, and wonder. He leaves a legacy of influence that can be felt throughout generations of artists and around the world. We are so grateful to have shared in the gift of his and Colette’s friendship, and his artistic collaboration and breathtaking work.”

“Saying goodbye to Pierre Soulages is saying goodbye to not only an incredible artist, but a man of exceptional generosity, kindness, and intelligence. It has been an honor knowing him, working for him, and being one of his many ambassadors in the art world. He leaves an indelible mark on 20th-century art.”
— Dominique Lévy, Co-Founder, LGDR

photo: Pierre Soulages, 2019 © 2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Sandra Mehl for The New York Times

Rodney Graham, 1949-2022

October 25, 2022

It has been announced that Rodney Graham died on 22nd October at age 73.

The Vancouver based artist and musician was celebrated for large-format cibachromes where he playfully assumed the roles of various characters: ageing ’70s rocker, ’30s photo-booth owner, ’50s abstract painter, and disgruntled sous chef.

From the 1980s, Graham expanded his diverse oeuvre to encompass photography, painting, sculpture, film, video and music. As actor, performer, producer, historian, writer, poet, sound engineer and musician, Graham’s art examined the complexities of Western culture through strategies of disguise, as he shifted seamlessly into different roles and characters. 

Photo: Sven Boecker

GalleriesNow Paris Gallery Map

October 21, 2022

We are delighted to announce that our first Paris Gallery Map is out now.

Available in galleries across the city, or to download here.

The Paris edition is published alongside our seasonal gallery maps in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Almine Rech announces opening of new U.S. flagship in Tribeca, New York City

October 19, 2022

Almine Rech is pleased to announce plans for a permanent expansion in New York’s downtown Tribeca neighborhood opening in 2023, marking the gallery’s new flagship location in the U.S. Housed within a 134-year-old landmarked building recently renovated by Pritzker prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, the 10,000 square foot space is situated at 361 Broadway (Franklin St./Broadway). The original Almine Rech location in New York will remain active on the Upper East Side.

“Since we opened in New York in 2016, over 20 US-based artists have joined the gallery. We needed to increase the range of opportunities we could offer them locally. Tribeca was already on our radar since we started considering an expansion but, ultimately, it was feedback from our artists that solidified our location choice." - Paul de Froment, Managing Partner, New York.

"We were looking for a beautiful, adaptable and dynamic large new space downtown." - Almine Rech.

"The gallery's scale will provide amazing possibilities for our artists. We trust they will take advantage of the venue to produce some of their most ambitious exhibitions to date." - Ethan Buchsbaum, Senior Director, New York.

Almine Rech maintains additional locations in Paris, Brussels, London and Shanghai.

Haegue Yang awarded the 13th Benesse Prize

October 18, 2022

Galerie Chantal Crousel wishes to congratulate Haegue Yang as the winner of the Benesse Prize. The 13th Benesse Prize was presented in collaboration with Singapore Art Museum, the organizer of Singapore Biennale 2022.

This distinction offers the artist the admiration and the financial means to pursue her life’s work, along with a commission to create an artwork to be exhibited at Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan, or the opportunity to have her works collected at the Site.

Yang’s practice spans a wide range of media, from paper collage to performative sculpture and large-scale installations, often featuring everyday objects, in addition to labor-intensive woven sculpture.

photo: Cheongjin Keem

GAVLAK announces representation of Taha Heydari

October 17, 2022

Born to a religious family in Tehran, Iran during a time of war and upheaval, Taha Heydari makes paintings that engage with the ways in which ideology manifests in lived experience. A member of the generation that emerged following the 1978 Islamic Revolution, Heydari deploys various modes of mark-making as a way to reveal and deconstruct the binaries which shaped his identity: East and West, body and soul, past and future. Troubling the stability of the systems which produce and uphold these oppositions, his large-scale paintings are composed of a chaotic dance between machine-like grids and bodily gestures. Drawing from Iranian history and modern pop culture, his extensive digital archive serves as a point of departure for Heydari’s imaginative environments in which contradictory forces collide.⁠

After spending the first twenty-eight years of his life in Iran and then moving to the United States, Heydari has closely observed the correlation of everyday mundanities and more palpably oppressive forces in the omnipresence of ideological order on both sides of the globe. As a way to perform a kind of autopsy on his own place within those systems, and on the larger social fabric itself, Heydari engages with the representation of rupture and conflict. ⁠

Heydari’s work will be presented at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, and he will have a solo exhibition at GAVLAK Palm Beach in January 2023.⁠

Thomas Dane Gallery awarded the 2022 Frieze Stand Prize⁠

October 13, 2022

The gallery was awarded the Main Stand Prize for their presentation curated by the artist Anthea Hamilton. The booth is an evolution of her signature approach to exhibition making, seen most recently in her show at Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, which brings together different disciplines such as fine art, design, and museology, blurring the lines and boundaries between walls, floor, furniture, and artworks, to create a complete environment for the booth.

List of artists:
Hurvin Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Alexandre da Cunha, José Damasceno, Anya Gallaccio, Luigi Ghirri, Anthea Hamilton, Mumtaz Karimjee, Barbara Kasten, Rita Keegan, Phillip King, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Jean-Luc Moulène, Magdalene A. N. Odundo, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Caragh Thuring, Nancy Willis

Shoair Mavlian appointed the new Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

October 10, 2022

The Photographers’ Gallery is delighted to announce that Shoair Mavlian has been appointed as its new Director. Currently Director at Photoworks, Shoair will take up the post in January 2023.

As Director of Photoworks, Shoair leads the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including exhibitions, biennial festival, commissions, learning and engagement, publishing and digital content.

Shoair will take up TPG’s reins following the recent launch of its new, permanent outdoor exhibition space, Soho Photography Quarter, which will feature a new display of large-scale works by Gideon Mendel from November 2022. The Autumn season exhibitions are Chris Killip, retrospective and An Alternative History of Photography: Works from the Solander Collection, both open until 19 February 2023. The internationally renowned Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize will return to TPG on 3 March 2023, exhibiting work by the four shortlisted artists for 2023.

Matthew Stephenson, Chair of Trustees, The Photographers’ Gallery said:
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m thrilled that Shoair Mavlian will lead The Photographers’ Gallery in its next chapter. As Director of Photoworks, Shoair has shown her commitment to commissioning new work, opening up photography to new audiences and activating debate about the power and relevance of photography today. This valuable experience coupled with an ambitious vision for the future of TPG, will ensure the Gallery continues to showcase the very best of international photography and inspire future generations. I have no doubt that Shoair will bring passion and drive to lead TPG and build on the exceptional legacy of departing Director Brett Rogers. In her 16 years leading TPG, Brett has tirelessly championed photography for all and made TPG one of the most dynamic, relevant and exciting cultural spaces in London today.”

Richard Saltoun now represents the Estate of Romany Eveleigh and Jan Wade

October 6, 2022

Richard Saltoun Gallery is delighted to represent the Estate of Romany Eveleigh and African Canadian artist Jan Wade.

The gallery will debut Eveleigh and Wade’s work in the UK at the upcoming editions of Frieze Masters and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair respectively.

Romany Eveleigh’s work stands out for her uncompromising sign-based vocabulary rooted in a minimalist aesthetic, which places painting in a philosophical dimension. Born in London in 1934, Eveleigh spent most of her life in Rome, where she married the photojournalist Anna Baldazzi and was introduced to the radical feminist movement led by the lesbian activist Michèle Causse, the artist's most prominent supporter. Working in relative solitude, Eveleigh approached art-making as a form of contemplative mark-making, borrowing techniques and materials from the world of writing and printing.

For her UK debut at Frieze masters, Richard Saltoun Gallery will present a solo booth showcasing the artist’s most important bodies of work, including the Pages series (1972-1974). Richard Saltoun Gallery will represent the Estate of Romany Eveleigh in collaboration with Galerie Bellemare Lambert, Montreal, Canada.

Drawing on her Southern-American roots and African diasporic spiritual practices, Jan Wade's work explores Black post-colonial identity, ethnicity, and spirituality. She produces paintings, textiles and a mixed-media works that feature slogans and symbols - like the cross, guns and money - and are made entirely from found or readymade objects, and recycled materials.

Wade’s formative years were heavily influenced by her local African Methodist Episcopal Church, slave cultures and spiritual practices, the civil rights movement, and Southern US Black culture and aesthetics. Her work stems from personal experience but seeks to articulate a new understanding of her ancestors’ traumas and the discrimination they themselves suffered. Reflecting where she came from and who she is, Wade’s unique artistic journey is marked by empowerment, hope and radical joy.

Hauser & Wirth announces representation of Allison Katz

September 29, 2022

Hauser & Wirth announced today that the gallery now represents artist Allison Katz, in collaboration with Gió Marconi, Milan, Antenna Space, Shanghai and dépendance, Brussels.

Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada) has over the last decade emerged as a pioneering voice in contemporary painting, achieving critical acclaim for her genre-defying works which embrace the mutability of images and explore the tensions between what is conveyed and what is perceived. Her practice is rooted in a personal, biographical approach to found imagery and art historical references, combined with irreverent wit, wordplay and humor. From cocks (the bird) and cabbages, to self-portraits and bodies in pieces, Katz’s vivid and idiosyncratic emblems call into question painterly subjectivity and selfhood, as well as the slippery nature of meaning. Her precisely made works shift in style, technique and materiality, often rejecting formal categorization to develop a practice that examines the conventions of the medium, the myths surrounding the role of the artist and that of the exhibition.

Architectural interventions are an integral part of Katz’s practice; her highly considered spatial environments combine paintings, posters and ceramics to produce unique encounters and perspectives. She creates a flow of subtle choreography in alignment with the imagery depicted. By engaging with site-specific conditions, Katz compels the viewer to create connections between her disparate works, giving way to poetic order amidst a proliferation of visual references. Recent works and exhibition titles have alluded to such networks of connection and communication more literally, whether in reference to bodily arteries and the circulation of blood, the canals and systems of transportation in Venice, or the transmutation of an object as it moves from sculpture to photography to painting. Her canvases are, as Katz explains, ‘active locations’ with ‘possible entrances and exits,’ calling attention to the multiple layers of consciousness that reside in a painting’s surface and subject.

Katz’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, featuring new work by the artist, will take place in autumn 2023 in Los Angeles. Early next year, Katz will participate in an artist’s residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

photo: Eva Herzog

Sylvie Patry joins kamel mennour as the gallery’s Artistic Director

September 28, 2022

Kamel Mennour is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvie Patry as the gallery’s Artistic Director.

With more than twenty years of experience in the art world behind her, Sylvie Patry has formerly held leading positions in top institutions including the Musée d’Orsay, where she has until now been the Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she acted as Gund Family Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions — a rare appointment for a French curator.

She notably oversaw developing The Barnes Foundation towards its current configuration, while keeping up a close dialogue with past and present artists.

As kamel mennour’s Artistic Director, Sylvie Patry will contribute to the conception of new projects, strengthening and expanding the gallery’s development in the cultural, contemporary, and publishing spheres. With her many working partners around the world, Sylvie Patry will broaden the gallery’s global influence.

She will begin her new role at kamel mennour on December 2022.

photo: Archives kamel mennour

Bernar Venet joins Perrotin

September 26, 2022

Perrotin is pleased to announce the representation of Bernar Venet. The gallery will exhibit one of his large sculptures at its booth at Paris+ par Art Basel at the Grand Palais Éphémère this October before organizing a major exhibition dedicated to his work in its three Paris spaces in the Marais and Avenue Matignon in March 2023.

“Bernar Venet is a renowned pioneer of Conceptual Art; his work has long been exhibited around the world and is highly regarded by a wide range of art connoisseurs. It is a great privilege for us to embark on this new adventure with him and we are very proud to offer him the space for his much-anticipated return to Paris. We intend to continue promoting his work at the highest level.” Emmanuel Perrotin

“It’s a real honor to represent Bernar Venet, whose demanding and powerful work has traversed the major artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century. His prolific production never ceases to amaze us, and we are delighted to showcase it.” Tom-David Bastok and Dylan Lessel

“Committing to Perrotin gallery, to Emmanuel, Dylan, and Tom-David, is a crucial decision for me, opening a new chapter in my career full of dynamism, shared enthusiasm, risk-taking in my current projects, and confidence in my future work. I trust them completely, and the projects for autumn and spring will reflect this.” Bernar Venet

photo: © Laura Stevens

Pharoah Sanders 1940-2022

photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The Artist Room now represents Kristy M Chan

September 22, 2022

The Artist Room is pleased to announce representation of Kristy M Chan (b.1997) who lives and works in London.

Kristy M Chan’s paintings explore how environments form our sense of self. Born in Hong Kong and now living in London, previous works have dissected the uncanny and alienating sense of displacement one can experience when navigating between Eastern and Western cultures.

Chan’s assertive, dynamic and energetic paintings synthesise together dissonant, adventitious and sometimes surreal junctures she experiences, while simultaneously conjuring the dizzying cadence of contemporary life. Chan has likened the instinctive process of juxtaposing tones and textures as similar to the Japanese flower-arranging process Ikebana; which promotes the concept of negative space as of equal importance to positive space.

Rooted in autobiographical narratives, her paintings, which she names ‘stolen realities’, all depart from unexpected encounters she finds significant – often resonating with her for extended periods before ultimately inspiring a new work. ‘Whenever I'm painting,’ she recently explained. ‘The subject arrives from the emotions that I associate with certain events or experiences.'

Binge, her second solo exhibition with The Artist Room, will take place in October 2022.

Galleria Continua announces representation of Carlos Cruz-Diez

September 20, 2022

A major protagonist of contemporary art, all-round and social artist, and pioneer of kinetic art, Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019) was an undisputed master of colour. Throughout his career, he experimented with and developed a large number of researches that remain emblematic of his artistic language.

Carlos Cruz-Diez defined himself first and foremost as a painter, listening to the profound societal changes happening around him, in Venezuela and in the world. From the beginning, he was interested in the invention of a new work, requiring the constant search for unconventional techniques and technologies, which would come to play a key role in his approach. From 1994, this placed him in the avant-garde of the digital revolution that would follow, allowing the public to create unique, computer-assisted works from his characteristic palette.

He figures among the most prolific artists of his time in the urban space. His works are designed to reach a large audience and to be part of everyday life. As a result, several hundred of his creations can be found scattered across the globe, occupying spaces that have since become iconic such as Caracas airport in Venezuela, or Place du Venezuela in Paris. In France, they are an integral part of the cultural heritage of cities like Clermont-Ferrand, Cambrai, Villetaneuse or La Roche-sur-Yon. Even today, his works lend a special glow to the façades of Prada stores in Asia, part of an homage paid to him by the brand.

GALLERIA CONTINUA will present iconic and unpublished works of Carlos Cruz-Diez in the upcoming highlights of international contemporary art: Frieze Masters in London (12-16 October) and Paris+ par Art Basel (20-23 October) – including in particular a monumental work never before shown to the public as part of the “hors-les-murs” circuit in the Jardin des Tuileries.

Gideon Appah joins Pace Gallery

September 16, 2022

Pace Gallery announce the representation of Gideon Appah, known for his dreamlike and enigmatic paintings, drawings, and mixed media works often exploring Ghanaian history and popular culture.

Born in Accra, where he continues to live and work, Appah interlaces visual fragments from modern-day Ghana with his own imagination in the fantastical figurative scenes that make up his paintings. Drawing from childhood memories, family photographs, dreams, newspapers, comic books, Ghanaian cinema, and other sources, Appah forges idiosyncratic compositions that balance deeply personal, introspective themes with lingering ambiguities.

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