Simon Lee

Hong Kong

Gary Simmons: Dancing In Darkness

Hong Kong,  4 July - 29 August 2020
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London

WORDS

London,  10 - 31 July 2020
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Paulina Olowska

Artist in Focus
29 July - 17 August 2020
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Forthcoming exhibitions
London
Image: Toby Ziegler: The sudden longing to collapse 30 years of distance
7 September - 14 October 2020

Toby Ziegler: The sudden longing to collapse 30 years of distance

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present The sudden longing to collapse 30 years of distance, Toby Ziegler’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery, in which the artist explores the complex relationships between experience and memory, image and data, through the twin lens of figuration and abstraction.

The exhibition can be experienced in two dramatically different states. The gallery is lined with a group of large geometric, non-figurative works on paper, reminiscent of Ziegler’s early works, juxtaposed with a group of smaller more figurative oil paintings on aluminium. Periodically though, the tranquil space of the gallery is transformed into a multi-projector video installation, in which a barrage of projected images covers the walls and overlays the 2D works, to a soundtrack that oscillates between melody and noise.

Hong Kong
Image: Marnie Weber
11 September - 31 October 2020

Marnie Weber

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Los Angeles-based artist Marnie Weber, her first solo show in Hong Kong. This exhibition coincides with the Busan Biennial, in which Weber is presenting a major installation that includes her new film, Song of the Sea Witch.

Weber’s practice, which spans performance, video, sculpture, music, costume and collage, is positioned at the junction of reality and fantasy. Referencing folklore, fairy tales and myths deeply embedded in our collective memory, Weber creates dream-like tableaux set in a realm unfixed in time. Blending the carnivalesque, the bacchanalian, the mystical and the absurd, she creates uncanny worlds that stand somewhere between fantasy and reality, thus inviting viewers to an exploration of the subconscious. The darkness of Weber’s vision can be seen to lie in the precarious relationship between her parable-like aesthetic and her overtly adult subject matter: sex, drugs and death.

New York
Image: Mai-Thu Perret: Flowers in the Eye
15 September - 17 October 2020

Mai-Thu Perret: Flowers in the Eye

Simon Lee Gallery, New York is proud to present an exhibition of new ceramics and tapestries by Swiss artist, Mai-Thu Perret. This will be Perret’s fifth show with Simon Lee Gallery and her first at the New York space. 

Known for her multi-disciplinary practice that engages installation, performance, sculpture, ceramics and textiles, Perret derives inspiration from a range of twentieth-century avant-garde and radical art movements, including Dada, Constructivism and Bauhaus design. An interest in the work of 19th century polymath William Morris has provided fruitful ground for Perret. Morris’ anti-capitalist ideology and vision of a utopian socialist future reflects the fictionalised women-only commune that has been central to Perret’s practice for the past two decades. The Crystal Frontier explores the lives of an autonomous community who have abandoned Western neoliberal society for the remote desert of South Western New Mexico, envisaged by the artist as a refuge from the ills of capitalism and patriarchal convention. Like Morris, Perret engages with the promise of an ideological agenda that promotes egalitarian human relationships.

Artist in Focus
Dexter Dalwood , Online Viewing Room, 16 June - 7 July 2020

Dexter Dalwood

Online Viewing Room, 16 June - 7 July 2020

Dexter Dalwood’s paintings celebrate and interrogate the history of the medium. They demonstrate an awareness of the continued significance of painting as a means of communicating the ways in which we experience our everyday existence. Dalwood is first and foremost interested in painting as a conceptual practice: a meta-awareness of painting as language. He crafts narratives of memory that bring together the past, present and future in a single image. In recent years there has been a pronounced shift in Dalwood’s approach to making paintings as he moves away from the logic of representation, and what had become his signature visual quotes from art history, to something more distilled, intuitive and pared down. He has begun to explore the limits of painting language and to consider where the medium itself sits at this moment in time. 

Donna Huddleston, Online Viewing Room 28 May - 16 June

Donna Huddleston

Online Viewing Room 28 May - 16 June

The art of Donna Huddleston (b. 1970, Belfast, Northern Ireland) draws on a range of influences that span the worlds of film, theatre, literature, design and the visual arts. Collapsing the boundaries between life and theatre, Huddleston’s drawings marry ritualistic narrative with an unpretentious medium. Her dramatic tableaux and cryptic pencil studies combine the austerity of technical drawing with a tonally resonant palette. Her media includes Caran d’ache colour pencil, metal-point, watercolour and graphite. The evocation of memory through texture is the formalist ambition of Huddleston’s works on paper.

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Donna Huanca: WET SLIT

Incorporating painting, sculpture, sound and scent, Huanca’s site-specific installation immerses viewers in a total environment which synthesises her unique aesthetic with a politics of the body as it relates to space and temporality.

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Chris Huen Sin Kan: Puzzled Daydreams

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Puzzled Daydreams, a solo exhibition by Hong Kong-based artist Chris Huen Sin Kan. Bringing together new paintings and works on paper.

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Image: Constellations III: Minimal Gestures

Constellations III: Minimal Gestures

João Penalva
Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
15/07/2020 - 31/01/2021

Curated by Ana Rito and Hugo Barata

When applied to the curatorial situation, the concept of the constellation accounts for the dynamic definition of the relations formed between all those involved. On the one hand, it denotes the different contexts in which each obtained their previous meaning and function (which then change as a result of this transfer from other times and places into the specific new encounter). On the other hand, it implies that those involved and their participation are also characterized by temporalities of their own—historicity, sequence, duration, timing, rhythm—creating a corresponding dynamic in their interrelations.

Image: 7th Biennial of Painting – Inner Spaces

7th Biennial of Painting – Inner Spaces

Chris Huen Sin Kan
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens and various locations, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
26 July – 18 October 2020

From 26 July to 18 October 2020, the three visual art museums at the banks of the river Leie — Museum of Deinze and the Leie Region (Mudel), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in collaboration with Sint-Martens-Latem, and Roger Raveel Museum — join forces to present the 7th edition of the Biennial of Painting. Under the title Binnenskamers (Inner Spaces), this edition of the Biennial focuses on the interior within the tradition of art history and contemporary practice.

Works by Chris Huen Sin Kan will be exhibited at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.

Image: Gary Simmons and Yuval Pudik join forces on a unique limited edition in support of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and WordsUncaged,

Gary Simmons and Yuval Pudik join forces on a unique limited edition in support of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and WordsUncaged,

Gary Simmons

Artists Gary Simmons and Yuval Pudik join forces on a unique limited edition in support of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and WordsUncaged, 'Simmons/Pudik, ACLU United States Constitutions 2020’.

This $250 unique edition of 50 is available for purchase now with all proceeds being donated equally between Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and WordsUncaged. 

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Image: Gary Simmons live in conversation with Tobias Tubbs

Gary Simmons live in conversation with Tobias Tubbs

Gary Simmons
Simon Lee Gallery Instagram Live
5 July 2020, 6 PM BST / 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST

On Sunday 5 July at 6 PM BST / 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST Gary Simmons will be in conversation on Simon Lee Gallery's Instagram Live with Tobias Tubbs, Chief Ambassador of WordsUncaged, a Los Angeles-based organisation that facilitates art, narrative therapy and new media workshops throughout the state correctional system in California. Please visit our Instagram to hear them in discussion about the key themes of freedom and democracy that are explored in Gary's forthcoming exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, opening Friday 3 July.

Image: XXV. ROHKUNSTBAU: TENDERNESS - ABOUT COMMON LIVING

XXV. ROHKUNSTBAU: TENDERNESS - ABOUT COMMON LIVING

João Penalva
Schlosshof 3, Lieberose 15868, Brandenburg, Germany
27 June 2020 – 20 September 2020

The international art project ROHKUNSTBAU is celebrating its 25th edition titled „Tenderness. About Common Living“. This year’s summer exhibition features artists that have been part of ROHKUNSTBAU in the last 25 years – ROHKUNSTBAU 2020 will be a celebration of coming together, of reunion.

Image: Moriyama Daido's Tokyo: ongoing

Moriyama Daido's Tokyo: ongoing

Daido Moriyama
TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM
2 June — September 22, 2020

Known as a master of snapshots, Moriyama Daido, one of Japan’s preeminent photographers, began his career in the 1960s. His grainy, high-contrast style, which came to be described as “are, bure, boke” (rough, blurry, out of focus), sent shockwaves through the photography world. Over the years, Moriyama has held large exhibitions at museums in a host of different countries, and received countless international photography prizes, including the 2019 Hasselblad Award, and today, 55 years after his debut, he remains active at the forefront of the art world.

Image: Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

João Penalva
Companhia Nacional de Bailado
The performance is available to watch on the CNB website until 3PM, Friday 10 April.

In 2016 the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB), the National Ballet Company of Portugal, performed “Quinze Bailarinos e Tempo Incerto” (Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo)a ballet created and directed by João Penalva in collaboration with the choreographer Rui Lopes Graça. The performance is available to watch on the CNB website until 3PM, Friday 10 April. 

Image: FRIDAY FOREVER the new album from Everything is Recorded

FRIDAY FOREVER the new album from Everything is Recorded

Toby Ziegler

FRIDAY FOREVER the new album from Everything is Recorded is available now. Feat. Infinite Coles, Aitch, Berwyn, Maria Somerville, Flohio, James Massiah, Kean Kavanagh , Penny Rimbaud and A. K. Paul. 
Artwork by Toby Ziegler.

Image: The Musical Brain

The Musical Brain

Mai-Thu Perret
Various locations on the High Line, New York
April, 2020

The Musical Brain is a group exhibition, including works by Mai-Thu Perret, that reflects on the power music has to bring us together. The exhibition is named after a short story by the Argentine contemporary writer César Aira, and explores the ways that artists use music as a tool to inhabit and understand the world. The featured artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—to create new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the park.

For more information, please click here.

Installation view: Mai-Thu Perret: Grammar and Glamour, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 2019

Photo: Stephan Baumann, bild_raum

Image: João Penalva: Pigskin sandals

João Penalva: Pigskin sandals

João Penalva
Appleton, Lisbon, Portugal
7-9 March, 2020

Pigskin sandals, commissioned by Festival Cumplicidades, presents a new version of João Penalva’s work Wallenda, from 1999, in which the artist whistled the entirety of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. 

In this live performance version, combining voice with video projections, texts and recorded sound, João Penalva juxtaposes the history and process of his enterprise with the experience of dancers who were interpreters of the recreation of the 1913, original Nijinsky choreography of The Rite of Spring, by dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer for the National Ballet of Portugal, in 1994.

With Annabelle Barnes, Catarina Lourenço and Brent Williamson, dancers from the National Ballet of Portugal, and Rui Lopes Graça.

Image: João Penalva 

Image: UnBound Exhibition

UnBound Exhibition

Eric N. Mack
Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
7 February - 10 May, 2020

Unbound brings together a multigenerational group of artists, among them Eric N. Mack, whose work takes an inventive and experimental approach to abstraction. Using Kobena Mercer’s definition of ‘discrepant abstraction’ — hybrid and partial, elusive and repetitive, obstinate and strange, including almost everything that does not neatly fit into the institutional narrative of abstract art as a monolithic quest for purity, Unbound explores the continued legacy of black artists who have utilized abstraction as a nonconformist visual language, and a lens through which social and political realities can be understood.

For more information, please click here

Installation detail: Unbound, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA, 2020

Photo: Mike Jensen

Image: France-Lise McGurn in Conversation with Katy Hessel

France-Lise McGurn in Conversation with Katy Hessel

France-Lise McGurn
Simon Lee Gallery, London
25 January, 2020

To coincide with Simon Lee Gallery London's exhibition France-Lise McGurn: Percussia, there will be an artist talk at the gallery: France-Lise McGurn in Conversation with Katy Hessel, Curator, Art Historian, @thegreatwomenartists

The talk will take place Saturday 25th January, 12 PM, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Please note this event is free to the public, but booking is required: events@simonleegallery.com

Image: France-Lise McGurn, Fish, 2019

Image: France-Lise McGurn: In Emotia

France-Lise McGurn: In Emotia

France-Lise McGurn
Tramway, Glasgow
18 January - 22 March 2020

France-Lise McGurn (born 1983) is a Glasgow-based artist who predominantly works with painting to create layered installations that incorporate the gallery walls, floors and ceilings.

"In Emotia" is a derivative term which suggests a state of being, simultaneously emotional and in motion. Mcgurn’s figurative painting and wall drawings evoke bodies and limbs overlapping and interacting in ambivalent spaces, at parties, in night clubs, on streets or lying in bed either side of paper thin walls. Cities and bodies, are constantly moving and shaping each other, a sentiment which McGurn evokes through the shifting forms and gestures of her metropolitan figures. Often the works themselves overlap from canvas to wall to floor, creating energetic compositions which suggest intimacy, ecstasy, sexuality, violence and loss.

For more information, please click here

Image:  France-Lise McGurn, Easy Emotia, 2019

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist 

Image: Slavic Goddesses

Slavic Goddesses

Paulina Olowska
Muzeum Susch, Zernez, Switzerland
28 December, 2019

During the opening weekend of Up to and Including Limits: After Carolee Schneemann exhibition, there will be a live performance of Paulina Ołowska’s large-scale outdoor work, Slavic Goddesses (2017/2019), drawing inspiration from modernist utopias in America and Eastern Europe to prompt reflections on feminism and consumerism. 

For more information, please click here

Image:  Paulina Olowska, Zaria The Warrior Goddess of Beauty, 2014

Image: Nationale

Nationale

Eric N. Mack
Jeffrey Stark, New York
24 November 2019 - 26 January 2020

Jeffrey Stark, New York presents Nationale a solo presentation by Eric N. Mack.

Image: A Conversation between Jessica Bell Brown and Eric N. Mack on Sam Gilliam

A Conversation between Jessica Bell Brown and Eric N. Mack on Sam Gilliam

Eric N. Mack
Dia:Beacon, New York
November 23, 2019, 2 PM

Event Details
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2 pm             

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York

Free with museum admission. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Installation view: Sam Gilliam, Double Merge, 1968, Dia:Beacon, New York, 2019. © Sam Gilliam/Artists Rights Societ New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

Image: Objects Recognized in Flashes

Objects Recognized in Flashes

Josephine Pryde
Mumok, Vienna, Autria
16 November, 2019 - 13 April, 2020

Objects Recognized in Flashes is the title of a group exhibition focusing on approaches to the surfaces of photographs, products, and bodies in a greatly digitalized society. As the interface between optics and object, these seductive and ambiguous surfaces make relations between aesthetics, imagination, and material seem highly dubious, as also are the economies that underlie these relations. The exhibition was conducted in close cooperation with the artists Michele Abeles, Annette Kelm, Josephine Pryde, and Eileen Quinlan, who are actively and broadly involved in the final planning and selection of works.

Installation view: Objects Recognized in Flashes, Michele Abeles, Annette Kelm, Josephine Pryde, Eileen Quinlan. Works by Michele Abeles, Eileen Quinlan, Michele Abeles

Photo credit: Klaus Pichler © mumok

 

Image: Mel Bochner's Measurement Room at Dia:Beacon

Mel Bochner's Measurement Room at Dia:Beacon

Mel Bochner
Dia:Beacon, New York
9 November 2019 - November 2020

Beacon, NY – July 18, 2019 – On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Mel Bochner’s first Measurement Room, Dia Art Foundation has commissioned the artist to create a new, large-scale work from the series this fall at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. Bochner’s Measurement Room: No Vantage Point opens November 9, 2019, at Dia:Beacon and will remain on view for a year.

For more information, please click here

Installation view: Mel Bochner, Measurement Room: No Vantage Point, 1969/2019, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. © Mel Bochner. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Sarah Crowner, Double Tiger, 2019

Asia Art Archive’s Annual Fundraiser

Sarah Crowner
Christie's Hong Kong
11 October - 2 November, 2019

Asia Art Archive’s annual auction offers over seventy works generously donated by artists, galleries, and collectors, among them Sarah Crowner.

In partnership with Christie's, a preview exhibition of the artworks on auction will be held on 11, 14 to 17 October, with the reception taking place on the evening of 14 October. Kindly register here to attend the preview reception. Online and absentee bidding begins on 11 October at 12:00pm HKT and ends on 2 November at approximately 11:00pm HKT. 

For more information, please click here.

Image: Sarah Crowner, Double Tiger, 2019

Image: Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene, Exhibition Walkthrough with Dean Kissick and Paige K. Bradley

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene, Exhibition Walkthrough with Dean Kissick and Paige K. Bradley

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene
Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Tuesday 29 October, 7:30 PM

On the occasion of Marnie Weber and Justin John Greene’s exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery New York, we are pleased to invite you to a Hallowe’en walkthrough with your docents for the evening: writer Dean Kissick and artist and writer Paige K. Bradley.

Too many shows these days are allowed to pass into that good night, sans recognition or echo from the chorus. We say no more! Journey uptown for an evening of deep iconographic contemplation and excavation of the clues and crumbs in these paintings, which may guide us towards the new folklore, pagan rituals, and ghosts—among other specters—that haunt us, but perhaps more importantly haunt Los Angeles, a city at the dark heart of the 21st-century American gothic. And really what is art about, if not worship of powers we can’t control, a chilling sense of unease, and the conspiracy that hides in plain sight as we recklessly speed by it?

Image: Justin John Greene, The Righteous, 2019

Image: Garden Blue

Garden Blue

Sarah Crowner
David H. Koch Theater New York, New York
27 October, 2019, 20:00 PM

Jessica Lang's Garden Blue combines the beauty of nature and dance. The striking costumes and interactive sets were designed by Brooklyn artist Sarah Crowner. This unique collaboration is described as “sculptural and lyrical” by DanceTabs’s Marina Harss.

Sarah Crowner's inspiration for the set of Garden Blue was a Samara, also known as a Maple Seed and Helicopter Pod. A samara is a type of dry fruit where one seed is surrounded by double-winged papery tissue that catches wind and helps carry the seed away from the tree. 

For more information, please click here.

Image: Scene from Garden Blue
Photo credit: courtesy of the American Ballet Theatre
Photography: Rosalie O’Connor

Image: TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala and Auction

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala and Auction

Clare Woods & Eric N. Mack
The Rachofsky House Dallas, TX
Saturday 26 October, 2019

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is an annual contemporary art auction held in the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House in Dallas, benefiting two organizations--the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Thanks to the phenomenal support of the dealer and artist community, corporate sponsors, and Dallas patrons, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art's annual benefit gala dinner and art auction has raised over $84 million in its 20-year history in support of amfAR's AIDS research initiatives and the DMA's contemporary art acquisition program. 

For more information, please click here

For gala information, please contact Melissa Ireland at melissa@rachofskyhouse.org

Image: Clare Woods, Amnesia, 2019

Image: Eric N. Mack: In austerity, stripped from its support and worn as a sarong

Eric N. Mack: In austerity, stripped from its support and worn as a sarong

Eric N. Mack
The Power Station, Dallas, TX
25 October - 13 December, 2019

The compositions of Eric N. Mack are gleaned from the wardrobe. The support (a body) is absent. Materials are configured to linger in space. Collaged textiles are arranged with balletic precision. Aspirational forms emanate. Arrangements are irrational and tentative. Choreographed elements are grafted into space and suspend from architecture. Billowing assemblages are accessed from a range of perspectives, around and under sewn silhouettes. The X, Y, Z axis distorts into forms of expression, violating systems of symmetry. Flattened panels of varied pattern and texture create collapsible volumes. The material palette is holed, dyed, manipulated, sometimes painted onto. Its utility function temporarily drained. Not quite painting or sculpture, the artwork is radically transient. The compositions pirouette out from the rectilinear constraints of painting into a space of auxiliary. 

For more information, please click here.

Image: Angela Bulloch (in the 2-RAUM of the Museum Art.Plus)

Angela Bulloch (in the 2-RAUM of the Museum Art.Plus)

Angela Bulloch
Museum Art.Plus, Donaueschingen, Germany
17 October - 17 November, 2019

Complementing the Donaueschingen Music Festival, Museum Art.Plus is showing works by Angela Bulloch (b.1966) in the 2-Raum. Bulloch, who is recognised as one of the so-called ‘Young British Artists' who shook up the British art world in the 1990s, works in a wide range of media. Her main interest are systems, patterns and rules. In Donaueschingen, the artist presents a number of sound-activated drawing machines that respond to the sound of music. Although viewers are not privy to the sound, they witness the visualisation of music.

For more information, please click here.

Image: Angela Bulloch, Elliptical Song Drawing Machine: Peacock Blue, 2018

Simon Lee Gallery in London and New York will be closed temporarily until further notice.
In light of the recent COVID-19 developments,  Simon Lee Gallery in London and New York will be closed temporarily until further notice.
 
Gallery operations continue through remote access. During our closures, we look forward to connecting with you online via our website, social media and online platforms.