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David Gill Gallery announces representation of Chris Schanck

January 17, 2023

David Gill Gallery is delighted to announce the representation of Chris Schanck.

Schanck's work plays in the liminal space between art and design. The fantastical pieces he now produces – from a shelving suite (Banglatown) that seems all but blown away by the wind to a resin-topped table (Gold 900) held up by a beleaguered crouching man – can be judged on their narrative, or their function. Or indeed, on an intriguing material complexity, since Schanck takes multiple elements of little or no value – cheap plywood, scavenged sticks – and both disguises and transforms them with luscious coatings of resin or aluminium foil. Every piece contains more than one story.

The Detroit-based artist, first studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and then pursued Design at Cranbrook. His first retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York opened in 2021 and he has been commissioned by luxury houses including Dior, Bottega Veneta and Tom Ford.

The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is scheduled for 2023, in Schanck’s words the show will be: "An exploration into work that operates on two levels, the everyday and the unknown."

Ken Tan joins Lehmann Maupin as Singapore-based Director

January 6, 2023

Tan’s appointment will enhance the gallery’s presence in Southeast Asia.

Tan brings over fifteen years of experience in New York, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, and joins the gallery from the National Arts Council of Singapore’s Arts House Limited where he was Senior Director. At Arts House Limited Tan oversaw the Singapore International Festival of Arts having previously been at the Asia Society Museum where he launched the inaugural New York Asia Society Triennial.

“Singapore is growing into an important hub for finance, medical technology, manufacturing, and now contemporary art. The beginning of 2022 saw us strengthening our position in Korea, and now as we enter 2023 we are looking to sow deeper ties in Singapore and Southeast Asia more broadly. We are confident that Ken’s expertise will support these objectives, bring new opportunities to our artists, and enable us to be an active player in this changing landscape’ - Rachel Lehmann

Lehmann Maupin was one of the first Western galleries to establish a presence in Asia, opening in Hong Kong in 2013, and since then has expanded with galleries and seasonal spaces in Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. Their Asia team is based between Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and, with this appointment, Singapore.

Modernity to Open Showroom in Belgravia’s Pimlico Road Design District

December 13, 2022

Modernity will open a new permanent London showroom located in Newson’s Yard – a newly developed design destination on the Pimlico Road in Belgravia.

“We have been looking at Pimlico Road for many years. It is a natural choice for us, being in the middle of all the other dealers of contemporary design, vintage design and classic antiques, along with important interior designers. As with all locations, the spirit of the area is incredibly important,” says founder Andrew Duncanson.

Modernity, specialising in high-grade twentieth-century Nordic furniture, ceramic, glass, lighting and jewellery, is now delighted to be establishing a permanent foothold in London as they acquire a ten-year contract for the two-hundred square meter space. The doors to the new showroom will open in December 2022.

Modernity is eagerly anticipating the opening as a chance to unveil its collection of Nordic design in a new context. They will continue to exhibit a wide collection of furniture, textiles, lighting and art by the most renowned designers of the twentieth century. The opportunity to showcase these iconic pieces in the heart of such a prominent design mecca is unlike anything Modernity has done before.

Modernity’s UK director Sebastien Holt is enthusiastic about Modernity’s latest venture, where much thought has been put into how the gallery will present itself in the new development. “It was important for us to think about how the space interacts with our collection, and how our clients live with collectable design. We have kept the Victorian-era brickwork and structural steel beams exposed whilst introducing oak flooring that captures the aesthetic of the modern London home. We are very excited to welcome our clients into this new space,” says Sebastien Holt.

The Pimlico Road Design District is a cultural landmark that borders the famously cosmopolitan areas of Chelsea and Belgravia. The community has a long-standing reputation for being London’s leading destination for design, high-grade furniture and art. Conveniently located just off Sloane Square, the area is brimming with dealers and businesses that cater to the discerning collector, the interior designer, and the passing shopper.

Veronica Ryan wins the 2022 Turner Prize

December 8, 2022

Veronica Ryan has been awarded the 2022 Turner Prize for her critically acclaimed solo exhibition ‘Along a Spectrum’ at Spike Island in Bristol in 2021, and for her public sculpture commission which was unveiled in Hackney as the nation’s first permanent monument to honour the Windrush generation.

The jury was comprised of Irene Aristizábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC, Christine Eyene, Lecturer in Contemporary Art, Liverpool John Moores University, Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island, and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery.

The Turner Prize exhibition will continue at Tate Liverpool until 19 March 2023, while Ryan's inaugural solo exhibition at Alison Jacques will remain on until 21 December 2022.

Veronica Ryan at Spike Island, Bristol; photo: Lisa Whiting

David Zwirner announces representation of Gerhard Richter

December 7, 2022

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of the German artist Gerhard Richter. The gallery will present its first solo exhibition of works by the artist in New York in March 2023.

Gerhard Richter is celebrated worldwide as one of the most important artists of his generation, with a career spanning from the 1960s to the present. His diverse and influential practice has been characterized by a decades-long commitment to painting and its formal and conceptual possibilities. In his work, the dual modes of representation and abstraction fundamentally question the way in which we relate to images. Richter has probed the relationship between painting and photography, engaging a variety of styles and innovative techniques in a complex repositioning of genres such as abstraction, still life, landscape painting, history painting, and chance-based practices. Richter’s vast oeuvre, which also includes objects, installation, drawing, and photographic documentation, is grounded in deeply nuanced investigations of history, memory, and representation.

As stated by David Zwirner, “To be able to work with Gerhard Richter is an immense honor and a great privilege. Richter has, without a doubt, created one of the most conceptually complex and aesthetically heterogeneous oeuvres in the history of art. By avoiding adherence to any single ideology or dogma, Richter has been able to both celebrate and subvert the very act of painting. In the process, he has single-handedly opened up the medium to entirely new possibilities and investigations. Now I’m looking forward to our first exhibition together in the spring of 2023 in New York. I want to acknowledge the important work Marian Goodman and everyone at the Marian Goodman Gallery has done for and with Gerhard Richter over the past thirty-seven years, and I’m humbled to be given this opportunity.”

Gerhard Richter stated: “I’m happy to be represented by David Zwirner. I have known David since his childhood as I had already in the 1960s worked closely with his father, Rudolf Zwirner. I feel this represents a beautiful continuity across generations.”

photo: Gerhard Richter. © Werner Bartsch

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

December 1, 2022

David Zwirner is deeply saddened to share that artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb has passed away aged 74, in the south of France.

Since 1971, Kominsky-Crumb, wife and mother of artists R. Crumb and Sophie Crumb, respectively, had been a pioneering figure in the world of comics, well-known for her confessional mode of storytelling and expressionist-inspired drawing style. She was one of the first contributors to the all-female anthology Wimmen’s Comix in 1971; cofounded the seminal comics series Twisted Sisters in 1976; and, in the 1980s, served as editor for the influential alternative comics anthology Weirdo. Her work has been published in Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other magazines, and has been exhibited in numerous museums.

“[Kominsky-Crumb’s] female faces … have sometimes uncontainable fierceness.”
—Roberta Smith, The New York Times

She was born Aline Goldsmith in Long Island, New York, in 1948. By the time they met in 1971, Aline and R. Crumb had each already established themselves at the forefront of the underground comics scene. Since then, the two artists have maintained distinctive practices while also frequently collaborating on projects such as Aline and Bob’s Dirty Laundry Comics (1974) and, more recently, Bad Diet & Bad Hair Destroy Human Civilization (2020).

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Self-portrait, 2021. © 2022 Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Almine Rech now represents Michael Kagan

November 29, 2022

Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of American artist Michael Kagan in Europe, UK, Asia. The gallery will additionally represent Kagan in collaboration with Venus Over Manhattan in the US.
Born in Virginia, Kagan received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art and has since been based in New York City.

Kagan’s bold, large-scale oil paintings delve into the physical and emotional journey of adventurers, namely astronauts and Formula 1 drivers. His paintings merge atmospheric and physical elements with technical details, where aerospatial and engineering components are created and executed skillfully using thick and deliberate brushstrokes. The result is a clear yet captivating depiction of the subject matter.

Michael Kagan's recent exploration of sculptures maintains these atmospheric elements that have become synonymous with his paintings but with the added layer of a third dimension. This encapsulates a more comprehensive environment. These works range from helmets and astronauts made in bronze, as well as alabaster footprints.

His works can be found in collections worldwide from the US to Japan, such as The Hall Collection and the The Maezawa Collection. The gallery will feature his work at the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach and at Almine Rech Shanghai in 2024.

Portrait of Michael Kagan, 2022 / Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Elisabet Davidsdottir

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.

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