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David Zwirner to represent Huma Bhabha

April 13, 2022

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of Huma Bhabha. The gallery will present new work by the artist in New York in 2024. Bhabha will continue to work on special projects with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and will continue to be represented by David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and Xavier Hufkens in Brussels.

Since the 1990s, Bhabha has become known for layered and nuanced work that centers on a reinvention of the figure and its expressive possibilities. In her formally inventive practice, which encompasses sculpture, drawings, and photography, Bhabha draws from a wide range of references, from those that span the history of art—including Egyptian reliquaries, African sculpture, Greek kouroi, Gandharan Buddhas, as well as the work of such modern and contemporary artists as Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Rauschenberg, and Franz West, among others—to quotidian influences such as science fiction and horror films and the makeshift structures and detritus of urban life. Employing found materials including Styrofoam, plastic bags, cork, scavenged wood, clay, and paint, in addition to traditional materials such as bronze, she builds around a central armature in an additive process before carving, modeling, gouging, painting, or otherwise marking the surfaces of her sculptures. Bhabha combines and transforms her materials into profoundly resonant hybrid forms in which the past, present, and future coalesce. At once monstrous, animal, alien, and deeply human, her totemic figures hover between states of ruin and repair, recalling cycles of growth and decay, destruction and restoration, thereby challenging our understanding of permanence and monumentality and of personal and collective histories.

David Zwirner states, “Huma Bhabha’s art making has always struck me as truly singular. Her formal references, which can take you back to the very beginning of sculpture as well as into the future, are often jarring and dissonant, yet always project an otherworldly beauty. I find it fascinating that discussions around aesthetics have been moving ever more in her direction in recent years, and, increasingly, her practice feels like it will be central for our times. I’m honored that Huma has decided to join our gallery.”

Huma Bhabha was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1962 and moved to the United States in 1981 to attend Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, from which she received her BFA in 1985. She later studied at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, New York, from which she received her MFA in 1989. The artist presently lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.

A solo presentation of Bhabha’s work curated by Nicholas Baume is currently on view at Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico, through January 2023. In 2020, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, presented Huma Bhabha: Against Time. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, organized Huma Bhabha: They Live, on view in 2019, and published an accompanying catalogue. An installation of the artist’s work, Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace, was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2018 for their roof garden.

photo: Daniel Dorsa

Almine Rech now represents Minjung Kim

Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of Korean artist Minjung Kim in Shanghai, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and New York.

Her first collaboration with the gallery will be a solo exhibition at Almine Rech New York in 2023, and then a solo show at Almine Rech Paris, Matignon in 2024. Almine Rech will also feature Minjung Kim's work at TEFAF New York 2022 and Art Basel Basel 2022.

Born in South Korea and working in Italy, Minjung Kim is well-known for her layered translucent ink works. Using traditional Korean Hanji paper in her paintings, the flow and perceived three-dimensionality of her works evoke a sense of serenity that embraces light and space. The pleasing color palette is subdued and gentle while maintaining a powerful representation of beauty and commentary on her vision of the world.

Minjung Kim’s work connects deeply with the likes of James Turrell, the first artist exhibited by the gallery. A sense of abundant space and cosmos is a characteristic shared between Kim and Turrell. Interestingly, in its meditative gestures, Kim’s work depicts this sentiment through marking Hanji paper with water, inks made of smoke or natural pigments, and cut-paper collages.

Portrait of Minjung Kim / Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech

Maysha Mohamedi joins Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery announces the global representation of Los Angeles-based artist Maysha Mohamedi, known for her singular approach to calligraphic abstraction and Color Field painting.

A self-taught artist raised in San Luis Obispo, California, Mohamedi creates paintings that function as maps of sensation, cognition, and experience. Her compositions are indices of the complex manifolds of selfhood and identity.

Through a distinct visual lexicon of forms, symbols, and calligraphic marks, the artist infuses her canvases with a rhythmic energy that suggests the unfolding of poetry.

Mohamedi will present her first solo exhibition in New York with the gallery in 2023.

Photo: Megan Cerminaro

Veronica Ryan OBE nominated for Turner Prize 2022

April 12, 2022

Ryan is recognised for “Along a Spectrum”, her 2021 solo exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol, and “Custard Apple (Annonaceae)”, “Breadfruit (Moraceae)” and “Soursop (Annonaceae)”, the UK’s first permanent monument to honour the Windrush Generations, unveiled in Hackney, London, in 2021.

The other artists on the shortlist are Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin. The winner will be announced in Liverpool in December.

Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool and co-chair of the Turner Prize jury, said of the selection process: “The result is a diverse group of artists, each with a singular vision, who impressed the judges with the intensity of their presentations, while also dealing with important issues facing our society today.”

The members of this year’s Prize jury are Irene Aristzábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC, Gateshead; Christine Eyene, Research Fellow, School of Arts and Media, University of Central Lancashire; Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

Ryan’s debut exhibition at Alison Jacques, London, opens on 20 October 2022.

Photo: Lisa Whiting

Serge Attukwei Clottey joins Simon Lee Gallery

April 11, 2022

Simon Lee Gallery announces its representation of the Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey.

Clottey (b. 1985) primarily employs found materials from his hometown in Accra, Ghana to create a dialogue with the city’s cultural history and identity. Utilising everyday objects such as discarded Kufuor gallons, car tyres, and recycling boat wood as his canvas, Clottey inscribes patterns and text that uplift the miscellaneous materials into symbols of Ghana’s vernacular economic system of trade and reuse.

The celebration of the yellow gallon containers, applied throughout Clottey’s work, stems from a desire to find ways to inspire people to work with plastics and recycle in creative ways. This has become a prominent motif throughout his oeuvre, and the artist has named this distinctive practice “Afrogallonism”.

Clottey’s fragmented approach to figuration recalls Western Cubist portraiture, a genre that drew heavily on formal elements of traditional African sculpture.

photo: Stefan Simchowitz

Skarstedt now representing Cristina BanBan

Skarstedt announces the joint representation of Cristina BanBan, with Perrotin.

The gallery will debut a new BanBan painting at TEFAF New York in May 2022, followed by a solo exhibition of new works in New York in the fall of 2022.

In BanBan’s paintings and works on paper, the exaggerated portrayals of the female form configure into emotive compositions imbued with intimacy and poise. Evading distinct narratives, the works fuse references to the painterly canon of Modernism with the artist’s personal memories and reflections on the present moment. Sinuous contours enveloping the figures operate in contrast with planes of thick color, which evoke the parity of human flesh and oil paint seen in the works of Willem de Kooning and Lucian Freud.

Emphasizing the physicality of the human body, BanBan’s tranquil characters appear to have clandestine power, their enormous hands promising colossal strength. Engaged in melancholic contemplation, the figures rarely meet each other’s gaze, pointing to the human isolation inflicted by the social and political disruptions of recent years. BanBan’s nudes are at times punctuated with intimate apparel or adorned with hoop earrings and hair clips. They become resolutely contemporary, presenting powerful images of women secure in their relationships and space. Often bearing features of the artist, the paintings are in part autobiographical.

The representation of Cristina BanBan advances the gallery’s continued focus on the artists who pioneered innovative approaches to figurative painting, such as Francis Bacon, Eric Fischl, Martin Kippenberger, Pablo Picasso, and David Salle.

Photo: Rafael Rios

Gagosian announces shared representation of Jordan Wolfson

April 6, 2022

Gagosian is pleased to announce shared representation of Jordan Wolfson alongside Sadie Coles HQ and David Zwirner.

Wolfson is known for his provocative work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, photography, digital animation, and performance. Manipulating the languages of advertising, the Internet, and current technology, he engineers enigmatic and confrontational narratives that use invented characters to probe dark, difficult topics in contemporary society. He has characterized his collage-like methodology as one derived from and focused on the “byproduct(s) of culture,” but is more concerned with the psychological power of the uncanny than with direct critique. In his most recent works, Wolfson contrasts the physical, virtual, and imaginary realms, often exploring the projection of internal impulses onto constructed selves and scenarios.

Wolfson’s key works include the video Animation, masks (2011), which takes a cultural stereotype to a conscious extreme, engaging in a deliberately solipsistic examination of the difficulty of human relationships, the media’s portrayal of ethnic groups, and the challenges of self-expression. In the decade-defining sculpture Female Figure (2014), the animatronic form of a woman dressed in a negligee, boots, and witch mask dances seductively while speaking in the artist’s voice. Through facial recognition technology, she meets the viewer’s eyes through a mirror, reflecting the invasive character of sexual objectification. Colored Sculpture (2016) also features a nightmarish animatronic figure, a cartoonlike boy chained to the gallery ceiling, whose violent movements are controlled by hidden motors. In 2017, Wolfson’s immersive digital work Real Violence, which investigates the capacity of virtual reality to function as an authentic experience over which the viewer has moral authority, was a controversial focal point of that year’s Whitney Biennial.

Jordan Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Photo: Jason Schmidt

Huong Dodinh joins Pace Gallery

April 5, 2022

Pace Gallery announce worldwide representation of Huong Dodinh.

Born in Vietnam in 1945 and now based in Paris, for nearly six decades Huong Dodinh has devoted her painting practice to three central tenets: clarity, density, and transparency.

Dodinh's paintings explore the fluidity of line, form, and negative space to create elegant minimalist compositions. Inspired by classical dance, Dodinh places great importance on the rhythm and grace of her gestures as she paints freehand, allowing her forms to be an extension of her body in motion.

Dodinh’s first exhibition at Pace is slated for 2023 in our flagship Chelsea gallery in New York.

photo: Khoa Dodinh

Sahara Longe joins Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor has announced the representation of British-Sierra Leonean artist Sahara Longe (b. 1994, London, UK). Combining atmospheric naturalism with velvety panes of abstract colour, Longe’s lifelike portraits combine the gravitas of an Old Master with a deep sense of psychological disquiet. The gallery will present a solo booth of Longe’s painting at Frieze London 2022 this October.

Using a rich visual lexicon ranging from the paintings of Anthony van Dyck to Agatha Christie’s mysteries, Longe’s black subjects embody subtle emotional angst while provoking powerful questions about the absence of non-white figures from Western canons of portraiture.

‘Sahara Longe conjures up lost languages of painting with an emotional intensity that feels particular to our time. Her remarkable ability to step out of one history and into another is the hallmark of a great artist who is only just beginning. We are delighted to support her burgeoning career.’ – Timothy Taylor

Tolarno Galleries announces representation of Hannah Gartside

April 4, 2022

Tolarno Galleries announces the representation of Hannah Gartside (born 1987, London, UK; lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne).

Gartside is currently on view at Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, the annual Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney showcase of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Her five kinetic textile sculptures each represent an iconic female figure of the past, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Tarot card illustrator Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith, and actor Sarah Bernhardt. Made from 19th and 20th century clothes and fabric, the works were designed with their subjects’ personal histories in mind – splays of red velvet evoke the violent scenes of Gentileschi’s renowned 17th century paintings, a sail of pink silk crêpe honours Loïe Fuller’s pioneering stage lighting designs and moving fabric costuming.

Embedded in feminism and material culture, Gartside uses vintage and found textiles to create installations, sculptures and costumes. Skills of dress-making, patchwork quilting and fabric dyeing accrued during her former career as a theatre costumier at Queensland Ballet are elevated to the conceptually rigorous. Both deeply personal and fiercely communal, Gartside’s works engage fundamental experiences and emotions of our human condition: longing, tenderness, connection, desire and wonderment.

"She uses deadstock fabrics, clothes found in skips and op shops or given to her by friends, garments of dead relatives and fur from pets. For the artist, clothes are psychic objects that not only have history (a faded menstrual stain, the scent of a beloved) but presence; material has its own life... In this sense, the sculptures are about fabric itself, the singular way in which material is able to articulate the immaterial – a current of air, an undertow of desire. Fabric also has its own sound world and Gartside is listening to what it is saying, 'pulsing, sighing, calling to us'." – Hannah Fink, catalogue essay, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hannah Gartside is a finalist in the upcoming Ellen José Art Award at Bayside Gallery, Victoria, a $15,000 non-acquisitive award to a female visual artist aged 18-35 years, on view from July 2022. She will next exhibit in the June 2022 group show Text Tile, a showcase of textile based practices of over 50 artists within Australia and New Zealand, at Caves Gallery in Melbourne.

Tolarno Galleries will present a solo exhibition by Hannah Gartside in 2023.

photo: Ilona Nelson

Cecilia Vicuña next Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern Turbine Hall

April 2, 2022

Lehmann Maupin announces that Cecilia Vicuña has been selected to create the next Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Opening in October, this site-specific installation will continue Tate Modern’s twenty-plus year legacy of showcasing memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art in their entranceway, drawing millions of museum goers annually.

“Cecilia Vicuña has been an inspirational figure for decades, with the relevance and urgency of her work rightly underscored by her forthcoming Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement award. As a tireless champion of ecological awareness and social justice, as well as the creator of stunning and powerful works of art, I am delighted that Tate Modern will be working with Cecilia Vicuña on our next annual Hyundai Commission - I can’t wait for its unveiling this October” - Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

The commission will further Vicuña’s decades-long practice exploring pressing issues of ecology, community and social justice. The Commission is curated by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance), Tate with Fiontan Moran, Assistant Curator, International Art, Tate, and will be accompanied by a new book from Tate Publishing.

Dhewadi Hadjab represented by kamel mennour

March 31, 2022

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kamel mennour announces the exclusive representation of Dhewadi Hadjab.

Surprising and disconcerting, the paintings of Dhewadi Hadjab are of intriguing beauty. Photography and pictorial practice are both at the center of his work. All of the artist's canvases begin with photographs of models that he places in positions of extreme discomfort, constraint, in danger. It is then, in the extremely meticulous execution of the painted surface and in the development of a powerful realism that he accentuates the smallest details of the bodies and gives them a strong sculptural intensity.

These vibrant, intense and unique paintings, between gravity and grace, are an invitation to transcend the sensitive and the fragility of uncertainty.

Born in 1992 in M’Sila (Algeria), Dhewadi Hadjab lives and works in Paris. Graduated from the École supérieure des beaux‑Arts d’Alger, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges and the Beaux‑Arts de Paris, he was awarded several international prizes such as the Prix des Amis des Beaux‑arts “Prix du portrait Bernard de Demandolx‑Dedons” in 2020.
In 2021, he was the laureate of the Rubis Mécénat production grant and was invited to present a solo exhibition at the Église Saint‑Eustache in Paris. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at FRAC Franche‑Comté, Besançon (France), at Poush Manifesto, Clichy (France) and at the Beaux‑Arts de Paris.

The gallery will present his work at Art Paris.

kamel mennour annonce la représentation exclusive de Dhewadi Hadjab.

Surprenantes et désarçonnantes, les peintures de Dhewadi Hadjab sont d’une intrigante beauté. La photographie et la pratique picturale sont conjointement au cœur de l’œuvre de l’artiste. Toutes les toiles commencent en effet par des photographies de modèles qu’il place dans des positions d’extrême inconfort, de contrainte ou de mise en danger. C’est ensuite par le biais d’une exécution minutieuse dans l'œuvre peinte et la mise en place d'un réalisme puissant que l'artiste accentue les moindres détails de ces corps en mouvement, et leur confère une grande intensité sculpturale.

Cette peinture vibrante, forte et unique, entre pesanteur et grâce, est une invitation à transcender le sensible et la fragilité de l'incertitude.

Né en 1992 à M’Sila (Algérie), Dhewadi Hadjab vit et travaille à Paris. Diplômé de l’École supérieure des beaux‑Arts d’Alger, de l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges et des Beaux‑Arts de Paris, il a été récompensé par plusieurs prix internationaux tels que le Prix des Amis des Beaux‑arts « Prix du portrait Bernard de Demandolx‑Dedons » en 2020.
En 2021, il est le lauréat de l’aide à la production Rubis Mécénat et est invité à présenter une exposition personnelle à l’Église Saint‑Eustache, Paris. Ses œuvres ont été montrées dans des expositions collectives au FRAC Franche‑Comté, Besançon (France), à Poush Manifesto, Clichy (France) et aux Beaux‑Arts de Paris.

La galerie présentera son travail à Art Paris.

Perrotin announces co-representation of Jean-Marie Appriou

March 30, 2022

Perrotin announces its co-representation of the French artist Jean-Marie Appriou.

A new sculpture by Appriou will be presented at the gallery’s Art Paris booth in April 2022, and a special presentation of a new series of works will be featured at Art Basel in June 2022. Appriou’s first solo exhibition with the gallery will take place in Shanghai in November 2022.

From archaic ages to futuristic civilizations, between dinosaurs and child astronauts, Appriou produces visions on the edge of psychedelia, mixing pop culture and mythologies from Greek and Egyptian antiquity to science fiction. His sculpture combines the allegorical and the sensual, leaving his fingerprints visible on the material. He weaves a paradoxical narrative that unites the past and the future, the ideal and the perceptible, in a series of hallucinatory ecstasies.

Appriou’s work has been exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; the Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles; the Abattoirs museum, Toulouse; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Consortium Museum, Dijon; and the Biennale de Lyon. He was invited by the Public Art Fund to present a group of sculptures at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park in New York, at the Château de Versailles and at the Vienna Biennale. His works have been the subject of solo gallery exhibitions at Jan Kaps, Cologne; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and New York; Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo; and C L E A R I N G, New York and Brussels.

Photo: Claire Dorn

Courtney Treut joins Sean Kelly as Senior Director, Los Angeles

LA-based Courtney Treut has joined the gallery as Senior Director, alongside current partner and Director at Sean Kelly, New York, Thomas Kelly.

Treut previously worked as a Director at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles and prior to that, was a Director with Anton Kern Gallery, New York, where she worked closely with several California based artists.

Sean Kelly, Los Angeles will open in early fall with a solo presentation of new works by Idris Khan in a new, Toshiko Mori and Hye-Young Chung Architecture-designed space in Hollywood at 1357 N Highland Avenue.

“Personally, I very much look forward to working with Courtney; I know she will contribute significantly to the gallery’s development, roster of artists, presence, and profile in the LA scene.” - Thomas Kelly

“I am thrilled to join Sean Kelly Gallery in building a dynamic new space and program in LA at such a pivotal and exciting moment for contemporary art in this city. I have long been inspired and energized by the unique art community in Los Angeles and have been fortunate to work with some of the many talented artists here.” - Treut

“The opening of the LA gallery is an exciting moment for us and our artists. It also represents a generational evolution as Thomas moves to LA to head up our west coast initiative. We are thrilled that Courtney is joining us; I know Thomas and Courtney will put together an exciting and dynamic program in Los Angeles, that builds on and furthers the legacy of our New York program.” - Sean Kelly

Lisson Gallery announces representation of Lucy Raven

March 28, 2022

Lisson Gallery has announced exclusive, worldwide representation of Lucy Raven. Following her major solo presentation at Dia in 2021, the artist will present a new work for the postponed Whitney Biennial, opening 6 April, ahead of Another Dull Day at Wiels Centre d'Art Contemporain Brussels (27 April - 18 August) and A Divided Landscape at The Momentary at Crystal Bridges, Arkansas (14 May - 25 September).

Lucy Raven’s distinct and methodical practice combines an extended and interdisciplinary enquiry into the form, function and apparatus of the moving image – whether animated, digital, mechanical or cinematic – with an ongoing appreciation for the landscapes, labours and myths surrounding the American West.

Lucy Raven (born 1977) is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2000, and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2008.

Jennifer Mora appointed Senior Director at Lehmann Maupin

March 24, 2022

Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin are pleased to announce that Jennifer Mora is now Senior Director at Lehmann Maupin. Mora has spent over a decade at the gallery, starting in 2010 as a gallery assistant.

Since then, Mora has developed deep relationships with artists, collectors, and curators, and her new position recognizes her leadership, along with her strategic guidance of gallery relationships with such notable artists as Hernan Bas, Mr., OSGEMEOS, Calida Rawles, Do Ho Suh, and Erwin Wurm.

Based in New York, Mora will continue to work closely with the gallery’s executive leadership team to identify and cultivate new and existing artist relationships, liaise with museums and biennials on exhibition planning and production, consult on artist legacy and estate management, and collaborate with the gallery’s sales team to achieve artist and market development goals.

Graeme Todd 1962 – 2022

March 23, 2022

Laure Genillard Gallery has today announced the passing of artist Graeme Todd.

The gallery has worked with Graeme on several occasions, in a group show in 2008 and a solo exhibition in 2018.

In a statement, Laure Genillard said: “We found him an easy and inspiring artist. Graeme's work was related first of all to the question of painting itself and the formal aspect of what that actually means. What is a surface? What is an illusion? His approach developed directly as a result of a deep understanding of art history and artists such as Courbet, German masters and East Asian paintings, to cite a few examples. We will miss him dearly.”

Whitstable Biennale 2022 announces the title and theme for its 10th edition

Whitstable Biennale 2022 Afterwardness takes place between Saturday 11 June - Sunday 19 June 2022 and will be presented at locations across Whitstable.

This year’s festival borrows its title from Mimi Khalvati’s evocative poem, Afterwardness. Through the eyes of ‘an eleven year old boy from Aleppo’ the poem explores loss, trauma and the concept of ‘afterwardness’, a term originally coined by Sigmund Freud to describe the belated understanding of events that comes with the passing of time.

Both directly and indirectly, ‘afterwardness’ connects to the themes of this and the last two editions of the festival, touching on ideas connected to global movement, exile, how we find ‘home’ and a way to tell our own story, and on the complex and uncertain place we currently find ourselves in, in the wake of major global events.

Continuing the festival’s strong tradition of programming some of the most exciting and experimental visual art being made in the UK today, Whitstable Biennale 2022 will weave film, performance and sound into the fabric of the town, and create direct, and often intimate, opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with contemporary art and artists.

Participating artists confirmed to date are:

Aimée Zito Lema, Alicia Radage, Anna Barham, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Arianne Churchman, Ben Judd, Dipesh Pandya, Jade Montserrat, Jennet Thomas, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Madeleine Ruggi, Mimi Khalvati, Nicole Bachmann, Chromatic Agency (nnull and Sandy Rompotiyoke), Olivia Furber, Sarah Craske, Savinder Bual, Sonya Dyer, and Webb-Ellis.

This year’s festival is curated by Cement Fields’ Artistic Director Sue Jones, alongside Associate Curators Emma Leach, Jas Dhillon, and Keira Greene, and Poet in Residence Dzifa Benson.

Jennet Thomas, The Great Curdling, 2022. Photo: Paul Tarragó

John Dilg is now represented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber

March 18, 2022

Galerie Eva Presenhuber announces the representation of the American artist John Dilg.

Dilg's paintings were exhibited at Eva Presenhuber, New York, as a special summer project in 2021, which was reviewed in The New York Times by Jason Farago - “Like Emily Dickinson with her straitened meter, like Miles Davis with his muffled trumpet, the veteran Iowa-based painter John Dilg knows the power of a whisper; his small landscapes, done in a restricted palette of thinly applied cool colors, have an intimate beauty that can only be born from restraint. Fourteen sparse, imagined views of land and water, each recently painted, each hardly bigger than a legal pad, each in murmuring tonalities of sky blue and camel and artichoke green, are now on view at Presenhuber, in a show called “Flight Path.” Together they’re as intimate and engrossing as a private chamber music concert.”

Dilg’s paintings feel like landscapes rather than being such. Dilg paints metaphors and abstractions using what he calls a mental archive of essential visual forms, drawing on memory and tonalities of color and the sensations they can convey to create an enthralling, symphonic whole that emphasizes stillness and the continuum of time. The subjects of these works are not the objects that occupy the paintings but the representation of a moment in time in itself.

Dilg’s work is represented in the public collections of institutions including the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, US; the Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, US; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, US; and Museu d’Art Contemporani Vicente Aguilera Cerni, Villafamés, ES.

Almine Rech represents Oliver Beer

March 17, 2022

Almine Rech announces the representation of British artist Oliver Beer in Brussels, New York and China.

His first collaboration with the gallery will be a 24-hour performance and subsequent interactive installation at the Conservatorio di Musica for Parasol Unit and the 59th Venice Biennale.

Beer trained in musical composition, before studying fine art and then cinematic theory. His diverse artistic practice reflects these studies through the intense sonic experiences he creates in many of his immersive live performances, vocal compositions, films and installations.

His artwork extends from performative art to sculptures and paintings. While his relationship with musical composition is apparent in his powerful live performances and films, further musical elements can also be found in his visual art. We can see this in the sculptures that he makes by cutting through everyday objects ‘just like in an ultrasound scan’; or his Resonance Paintings, created by literally using ‘sound as his paintbrush'. His installations, such as his celebrated Vessel Orchestra exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, play with notions of resonance and the innate musicality of the human experience.

Beer’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and Palace of Versailles, France; and the Biennales of Sydney and Istanbul.

Photo: © Jae Kim

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