Simon Lee

Hong Kong

Out for Summer

Hong Kong,  12 July - 7 September 2019

En Plein Air

London,  19 July - 31 August 2019
New York

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene

New York,  6 September - 2 November 2019
Forthcoming exhibitions
Image: Clare Woods: Doublethink
6 September - 6 October 2019

Clare Woods: Doublethink

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce Doublethink, the first solo exhibition at the London gallery of British artist Clare Woods, who presents new paintings across both gallery floors.

Over the course of a career spanning more than twenty-five years Woods has developed a unique painterly language that is concerned with the moulding of an image in two dimensions. Her early practice as a sculptor continues to inform her exploration of physical form via the materiality of paint. Although at first concerned with landscape, a preoccupation with the human body and its connection to entropic themes of mortality, degeneration and disease has surfaced in the artist’s work. For Woods, the corporeality of her subject matter and the physical element of the paint are inextricably tangled up in one another. In these new works, Woods employs an often-bilious palette that subverts the viewer’s expectations of her virtuoso application of paint on aluminium. Defamiliarising the everyday, Woods probes the boundaries of figuration to challenge her audience’s experiences of fear, anxiety and the fundamentally destructive impulses of humankind.

New York
Image: Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene
6 September - 2 November 2019

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene

Simon Lee Gallery, New York, is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artists Marnie Weber and Justin John Greene. This occasion marks the first time Weber has exhibited at the gallery’s New York location, as well as the second time for Greene, whose work was previously included in the 2017 group exhibition An Uncanny Likeness.

The exhibition opens a dialogue between two artists of differing backgrounds and generational affiliations, who similarly interrogate latent aspects of the cultural imagination. Both deal in densely populated tableaus depicting archetypal figures engaged in surreal narratives, synthesizezing divergent aesthetic tropes into coherent, unified compositions. Weber draws her point of departure from Depression-era farm country, whereas the setting for Greene, is hyperactive, present-day Los Angeles. Both artists bring the gothic undercurrent resting just beneath the surface of American life to the fore.

Hong Kong
Image: Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg
20 September - 25 October 2019

Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the works of Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud and Christina Ramberg. Working in painting, sculpture and drawing respectively, all three artists transform traditional, art-historical subject matter often through an exuberant sense of individualism, opening interpretations of the human body and domestic objects to new possibilities.


Dexter Dalwood: What is Really Happening

Image: Clare Woods in Conversation with Jennifer Higgie

Clare Woods in Conversation with Jennifer Higgie

Clare Woods
Simon Lee Gallery, London
19 September, 2019

In coincidence with Simon Lee Gallery London's exhibition Clare Woods: Doublethink, there will be an artist talk at the gallery: Clare Woods in Conversation with Jennifer Higgie, Editor of Frieze. 

The talk will take place Thursday 19th Sepmteber, 6.30 - 8.30 PM, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Please note this event is free to the public, but booking is required:

Image: Clare Woods, Tea Fixer, 2019

Image: Summer Screening Series

Summer Screening Series

Simon Lee Gallery, New York
10 July - 7 August, 2019

In conjunction with Simon Lee Gallery New York’s group exhibition Studio Photography: 1887-2019, the gallery will present a free, weekly screening program of films selected by artists on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.

Seating is limited, please RSVP to:

Film still: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, 1988.

Image: Grammar and Glamour

Grammar and Glamour

Mai-Thu Perret
Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
11 July - 15 September, 2019

Opening at the Badischer Kunstverein under the title Grammar and Glamour is the first major solo exhibition in Germany devoted to the Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret. The show features a representative selection of works, with a focus on current projects. Perret works with diverse formats and media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, tapestry, film, performance, and texts.

For more information, please click here

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

Photo credit: Courtesy of Badischer Kunstverein 

Image: BIENALSUR 2019


Michelangelo Pistoletto
Buenos Aires, Argentina
23 June 2019 - 30 March 2020

Works by acclaimed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto can be seen throughout the city of Buenos Aires as part of this year's International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America, BIENALSUR.

For more information, please click here.

Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967, 1974. Courtesy of Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Image: Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

João Penalva and Rui Lopes Graça
Tianqiao Theater, Beijing
11 - 12 June, 2019

The National Ballet of Portugal will perform Fifteen dancers and changeable tempo, by João Penalva and Rui Lopes Graça.

Directed and designed by João Penalva

Choreography by Rui Lopes Graça

Sound by David Cunningham

Lighting by Nuno Meira

Photograph: Bruno Leitão

Image: Larry Clark: Tulsa

Larry Clark: Tulsa

Larry Clark
1 June - 10 November, 2019

World-renowned photographer/filmmaker Larry Clark was born and raised in Tulsa. From 1963 to 1971, he photographed the daily lives of his friends. He captured unforgettable images of sex, violence, and drug use alongside intimate moments of solitary contemplation. These images were collected in Clark’s legendary and controversial 1971 book, Tulsa.

For more information, please click here.

Image: Larry Clark, Billy Mann (T2), 1963

Image: Paint. Also Known ad Blood Women, Affect, and Desire in Contemporary Painting

Paint. Also Known ad Blood Women, Affect, and Desire in Contemporary Painting

Paulina Ołowska
Museum on the Vistula, Warsaw
7 June - 11 August, 2019

The exhibition presents the work of Polish artists, among them Paulina Ołowska, in the broader context of international women’s painting, which takes on the challenge of representing the intensity of the external and internal worlds. The invited artists propose an affirmative version of womanhood by endowing their bodies with agency, autonomy and power of self-determination. The eponymous paint becomes a visceral, sticky matter that leads us towards the point where all meanings collapse. It blurs the categories of power and objectification, thus provoking the question of when do we look, and when do we look away?

For more information, please click here.

Image: Paulina Ołowska, Her English Is Far From Perfect..., 2013

Image: Marnie Weber: Songs that Never Die and Other Stories

Marnie Weber: Songs that Never Die and Other Stories

Marnie Weber
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
21 June - 3 November, 2019

Marnie Weber emerged in Los Angeles’s punk music and performance art scene of the 1980s, and has since become known for installations in which sculpture, film, music, costuming, and collage come together to form whole, fantastical worlds. Weber’s homespun, haunted-house aesthetic evokes the gothic side of American folkloric traditions, imparting a sense of old-time magic to narratives of lost innocence. Her dream-like films feature a cast of motley characters, including animals, monsters, trees, and clowns, with supernatural female protagonists at their centers. In the artist’s macabre fairy tales, these figures navigate uncanny landscapes on journeys of transformation.

For more information, please click here.

Film still: © Marnie Weber, The Campfire Song, 2008 / Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery

Image: Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension

Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension

Sarah Crowner
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, LA
14 March - 16 June, 2019

Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension is an exhibition in eight-parts, a confrontation with the patrimony of European modernism in the practices of eight leading women artists: Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejão, and Claudia Wieser.

For more information, please click here.

Installation View: Sarah Crowner: Sapphire Tapestry Part 1, 2 & 3, CacnoNew Orleans

Photo credit: Courtesy the Contemporary Arts Center and Alex Marks

Image: Annette, Adele, and Lee

Annette, Adele, and Lee

Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva
Teatro Camões, Lisbon
16 - 19 May, 2019

Annette, Adele, and Lee is the title of the new ballet by Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva for the National Ballet of Portugal. 

The three proper names of the title may suggest a love triangle, but this is not a narrative ballet. They are, in fact, the names of three tap dance dancers recorded in a London sound studio in order to produce the material with which David Cunningham was to compose the sound for this ballet.

The classical ballet trained dancers we see dance to the sound of their tap dancing peers. As for these, we can only imagine them and wonder what they may look like. However, the thirty minutes of great complexity of sound and choreographic patterns in which their presence is continuous will make their names memorable.

It could be said that Annette, Adele, and Lee is, after all, a story of dancers.

For more information, please click here

Image: Deep deep down, far far in (and out)

Deep deep down, far far in (and out)

João Penalva
Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon
15 May - 15 December, 2019

“What you are basically deep deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself” - Alan Watts

Deep deep down, far far in (and out) is an exhibition curated by Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues, that presents a selection of sixteen works by twelve artists, among them João Penalva, all belonging to the collection of the Fundação Leal Rios, arranged along two floors and four environments. Deepening the relationship between two different movements, one introspective and the other expansive, the notion of focus shares the stage with the idea of inclusiveness, and each work calls for both an individual and a collective reading.

For more information, please click here.

Installation View: João Penalva, Deep deep down, far far in (and out), Fundação Leal Rios, 2019 

Photo credit: © João Penalva and Fundação Leal Rios 

Photography: Bruno Lopes

Image: Whitney Biennial 2019

Whitney Biennial 2019

Eric N. Mack
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
17 May - September 22, 2019

The Whitney Biennial is an unmissable event for anyone interested in finding out what’s happening in art today. Curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley have been visiting artists over the past year in search of the most important and relevant work. Featuring seventy-five artists, among them Eric N. Mack, and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound, the 2019 Biennial takes the pulse of the contemporary artistic moment. Introduced by the Museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, the Biennial is the longest-running exhibition in the country to chart the latest developments in American art.  

For more information, please click here.

Image: Eric N. Mack, (Easter )The Spring / The Holy Ground, 2018 



Bernard Frize
Centre Pompidou, Paris
29 May - 26 August, 2019

The Pompidou Center revisits the work of Bernard Frize, an essential French painter of the international art scene, since its beginnings in 1977. Known for its abstract conceptual paintings, during the 1980s, Frize incorporates figurative elements into his practice and also interested in photography. 

Six themes structure the course of Oulipian inspiration and deliberately paradoxical: "With unreason, without effort, with system, without system, with mastery, without stoppping."

For more information, please click here

Image: Bernard Frize, Session, 1999

Image: Yun Hyong-keun: A Retrospective

Yun Hyong-keun: A Retrospective

Yun Hyong-keun
Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
11 May – 24 November, 2019

On the occasion of the 58th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, a major retrospective of Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun (1928 – 2007) will be presented at Palazzo Fortuny by the MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea) and MUVE (Civic Museums of Venice). The exhibition will be the first international retrospective show of the artist since his death in 2007 and follows a critically-acclaimed exhibition of his work at MMCA Seoul. The show will focus on Yun’s extraordinary life and work and will present 55 of Yun’s works that span his entire career. One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a meticulous reproduction of Yun’s atelier which will include outstanding works by other artists (Kim Whanki, Jeon Roe-jin and Choi Jongtae), which Yun had in his studio. While recognising his role in the development of Dansaekhwa, this retrospective aims to examine Yun's work in its own right and from a new perspective.

Curator: Kim Inhye, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Image: Yung Hyong-keun, Umber-Blue, 1975

Photo credit: © Yun Seong-ryeol / Courtesy The Estate of Yun Hyong-keun

Image: Donna Huanca: OBSIDIAN LADDER


Donna Huanca
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
28 June – 1 December, 2019

In June 2019 the Marciano Art Foundation will present OBSIDIAN LADDER, the first large-scale solo exhibition in the United States by Donna Huanca. Huanca’s site-specific installation for MAF’s 13,000-square-foot Theater Gallery will reveal a new topography of triggered senses, combining sound, scent, and live performance.

OBSIDIAN LADDER will challenge the space of the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple as a site of projected male power. In a series of regular performances taking place throughout the five-month run of the exhibition, painted femme models will inhabit the Theater Gallery as part of a direct intervention of a space formerly relegated to a secret order of men.

For more information, please click here.

Image: Donna Huanca, MUŠḪUŠŠU, 2018

Photo credit: Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and Peres Projects, Berlin

Image: A Night with Eric N. Mack and Friends

A Night with Eric N. Mack and Friends

Eric N. Mack
Brooklyn Museum, New York
4 April, 2019

Experience Eric N. Mack’s site-specific installation Lemme walk across the room through a series of unique activations organized by the artist. First, Mack and curator Ashley James lead a special tour of the installation. Then, enjoy three artistic responses to Mack’s work. Poet and essayist April Freely offers a poetry set; Devin KKenny and Justin Allen present a new performance that incorporates manipulated found sound and tap dancing with movement, speech, and music; and MHYSA, the pop-star alter-ego of artist E. Jane, performs “Oasis,” which takes inspiration from R&B singer Kelis.

For more information, please click here.

Installation view: Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Photography: Jonathan Dorado

Image: Radical 60s Gallery Hop

Radical 60s Gallery Hop

Keiji Uematsu
New York
6 April, 2019

Japan Society Gallery cordially invites you and your guest to a Radical 60s Gallery Hop, an exploration of the experimental art of the 1960s and onward, focusing on Radical Japanese artists! Join Yukie Kamiya, Director of Japan Society Gallery, as we visit four must-see NYC gallery exhibitions, among them Keiji Uematsu: Invisible Force at Simon Lee Gallery  focusing on radical artists from the 1960s and onward.

Saturday, April 6th, 1-5pm 

Image: Keiji Uematsu, Vertical Position, 1973

Image: Keiji Uematsu: Films and Videos 1970–1976

Keiji Uematsu: Films and Videos 1970–1976

Keiji Uematsu
Simon Lee Gallery, New York
25 April, 2019

To coincide with the exhibition of Simon Lee Gallery, New York, Invisible Force, there will be a film screening of the artist’s work, on 25 April. 

For more information, please click here

Image: Keiji Uematsu, Stone/Rope/Man II, 1974

Image: Donna Huanca: LENGUA LLORONA


Donna Huanca
Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
22 March - 01 September, 2019

LENGUA LLORONA is Donna Huanca’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Presented as a site-specific multimedia installation, Huanca brings together painting, sculpture, scent, sound, and performance. The exhibition is organised as coherent organic landscape of islands made of bone-white sand and populated by sixteen monumental oil paintings, which are presented with a series of totem-like steel sculptures.

During the exhibition period, a series of eight performances will activate the exhibition. The models, as Huanca calls her performers, are decorated with paint, pigment, and textiles. Like living paintings, they populate the installation leaving physical body marks on the floor and walls, thus producing a lasting transformation of the space.

For more information, please click here

Installation View: Donna Huanca, LENGUA LLORONA, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2019


Image: New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century

New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century

Josephine Pryde
MoMA, New York
17 March - 15 June, 2019

Today, when technology seems utterly smooth and weightless—composed of invisible waves, wireless signals, abstract codes—New Order explores the ways in which these systems are still stubbornly tied to the physical world and looks at the ways in which contemporary artists, among them Josephine Pryde, use—and misuse—tools and forms. The show features works made since the turn of the millennium that push and challenge the boundaries of technology: upending systems, experimenting with materials, and ultimately inventing novel techniques and substances.

For more information, please click here

Image: Josephine Pryde, It's Not My Body, XII, 2011

Image: Puppets: Theater, Film, Politics

Puppets: Theater, Film, Politics

Paulina Olowska
Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
19 March - 23 June, 2019

Puppets: Theater, Film, Politics, situates puppet theatre within the field of art history and within the broader context of the artistic, social, and political changes taking place in Poland in the 1950s and 1960s. The presentation of selected works, artists, and creative hubs, among them Paulina Olowska, has been woven around concepts such as anthropology of the body, pedagogy, or politics. The show’s authors broaden the reflection on the meanings and functions of puppets, asking about their political dimension. They exemplify diverse strategies of their use — from the exploitation of the propaganda repertoire to caricatural and derisive representations of ideological opponents – while highlighting their dangerous potential.

For more information, please click here.

Image: Paulina Olowska, The Doll House. After Michał Wasążnik, 2013

Image: Daido Moriyama Hasselblad Award Winner 2019

Daido Moriyama Hasselblad Award Winner 2019

Daido Moriyama
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
October 2019

Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama is the recipient of the 2019 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The award ceremony will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 13, 2019. A symposium will be held on October 14, followed by the opening of an exhibition of Moriyama’s work at the Hasselblad Center, and the release of a new book about the artist, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

For more information, please click here

Image: Daido Moriyama, Coffee Shop, 1984

Photo credit: © Daido Moriyama / Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Image: Drawing Biennial 2019

Drawing Biennial 2019

João Penalva
Drawing Room, London
20 February – 26 March, 2019

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper, including João Penalva's work. 

Auction: 11 March 10am – 26 March 9.30pm

For more information, please click here

Image: João Penalva, Piet Mondrian, Monsieur, 2019

Image: (YOU) Can Speak in the Plura Form

(YOU) Can Speak in the Plura Form

João Penalva
Culturgest Foundation Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon
3 – 17 March, 2019

In October 2018, Caixa Geral de Depósitos employees joined curator Filipa Oliveira’s project of putting together an exhibition of works of the CGD Collection, among them João Penalva's work. The purpose was to go through the method of curating an exhibition and to show how works of art are understood, chosen and installed. It is now time for the 21 amateur curators to show the results of their learning and their findings.

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Image: João Penalva, Piet Mondrian, (YOU — To be read as “ME”?), 1997

Photography: Laura Castro Caldas / Paulo Cintra