As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Holly Coulis, her first in the UK. In her latest work, Coulis presents a series of vibrant paintings that traverse the traditional genre of still life painting, and delight in the geometry of the everyday.
Simon Lee Gallery New York is proud to present a concise exhibition by American abstract painter Roy Newell (1914-2006), showcasing paintings spanning over half a century of the artist’s career, including works that come directly from the artist’s Estate and that have not previously been shown in New York. Characterized by their multi-layered surfaces, irregular geometrical patterns, obsessive reworking and luminous tonality, the works on display reveal an expressive power that aligns Newell with the Abstract Expressionist movement, of which he was an original member.
In the 1940s – before the emergence of Abstract Expressionism – the art reference room of the New York Public Library was a popular meeting point for burgeoning artists. It was here that Newell met his friend and life-long champion of his work, Willem de Kooning, and began his career on the same successful path as that of his contemporaries and fellow members of the soon-to-be New York school. While large-scale gestural painting was pioneered by most, Newell began moving in an entirely different direction. His paintings became smaller and more hermetic, with Newell himself becoming increasingly withdrawn from the art-world mainstream. He was fascinated by colour and texture, and his expressive brushstrokes, which emulate post-Impressionist artists such as Vuillard, Bonnard, and Cézanne, are juxtaposed with the rigidity of the grid that echoes the hard-edged abstraction of Malevich, Mondrian and Albers.
Towards Infinity: 1965-1980
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Towards Infinity: 1965-1980, an exhibition of major works conceived by artists from across the international scope of the Conceptual art movement, with special focus on the period between 1965 and 1980. During the 1960s and 1970s a disillusionment with pervasive movements in art and the influence of radical European theoretical thought inspired a re-evaluation of long-held attitudes towards formal and material conventions. Taking its title from Giovanni Anselmo’s seminal work of the same name, Verso l’infinito (1969), the exhibition explores the dematerialisation of the art object and the dismantling of concepts that had bolstered the definition and context of traditional art-making well into the 20th century. Working across a wide range of media, including photography, film, video, performance and installation, the artists in the exhibition all demonstrated an anti-hierarchical approach to both subject and material that positioned the idea first and form second. All the works presented adhere to the fundamental premise put forward by Anselmo’s Verso l’infinito, challenging the constructs of time and space to create an art that is at once forward-looking, in flux and without limits.
Leelee Kimmel: Wormhole
As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Wormhole a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Leelee Kimmel, her first in the UK. In her latest work, Kimmel presents a series of large-scale abstract paintings that are confrontational in both colour and dimension, exploring themes of creation and destruction. The immersive element of her work is further developed through sculptural pieces and a five-minute Virtual Reality work that invites total submergence into the deep space of Kimmel’s creative world.
The large-format paintings feature graphic shapes clustered in thick multilayered pools of bright acrylic paint, which weave across fields of solid white or black. The paintings are imbued with a restless energy and freedom that is intrinsically linked with how the artist creates her works. The resulting compositions deliberately move in and out of representation, sensuous and strict, gloss and matte, tangled and full. The complex patch-work of imagery, consisting of crosshatch and opposing vector-like lines and patterns as well as interrupting biomorphic forms, has an otherworldly quality. Forceful and nervous lines are reminiscent of artists such as Basquiat and Twombly, while the uncanny worlds and dreamlike atmospheres created by the artist emerge into a sort of mutant realism.
Roswitha Haftmann Prize 2018
Congratulations to Michelangelo Pistoletto who will be honoured with the Roswitha Haftmann Prize on 28 September 2018 at the Kunsthaus Zurich. Since its inauguration in 2001, the prize has been awarded annually to a living artist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the visual arts.
Courtesy: Blenheim Art Foundation
A major retrospective that will exhibit numerous works of art and archival materials by Yun Hyong-keun unseen since the artist’s death in 2007, that offer insight into his profound understanding of Korean traditions.
João Penalva’s project for Culturgest in Porto addresses the history of the exhibition space, a renovated former bank designed by seminal Portuguese architect Pardal Monteiro. The original space is represented by theatrical interpretations by scenic painters and prop makers and the original bas-reliefs, which were removed from the building to make room for a new white cube, return for Penalva’s exhibition.
For more information please visit the Culturgest website.
57th Edition of the Carnegie International
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, announces Mel Bochner and Sarah Crowner as two of the artists participating in the 2018 Carnegie International. The museum's 57th edition is curated by Ingrid Schaffner and focuses on the idea of the 'international'; to reflect upon shifting relationships between communities, with work by thirty-two artists and collectives from around the world.
For more information, please visit the Carnegie International website.
Keiji Uematsu at the Panasonic Museum
On the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the Panasonic Museum in Osaka, Japan, Keiji Uematsu has been commissioned to make a new sculpture. Floating Form – vertical (2018) can be found outside the entrance of the Hall of Manufacturing Ingenuity.
Live portrait painting by Joel Mesler
In Conversation: Eric N. Mack and Tim Marlow
On the occasion of his solo exhibition Misa Hylton-Brim, Eric N. Mack will be in conversation with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts. They will discuss Mack’s work within the context of the exhibition and his wider practice.
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Da Cittadellarte alla Civiltà dell’Arte
The Palazzo Ducale in Mantova hosts Michelangelo Pistoletto’s exhibition ‘Da Cittadellarte alla Civiltà dell’Arte’, which explores the full range of the artist’s practice over the past 60 years, from the first self-portraits, through to his celebrated mirror paintings, as well as his ongoing Terzo Paradiso project.
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror
This group show features works by nine different internationally renowned artists including a new sculpture by Mai-Thu Perret, conceived for the occasion.
YARAT Contemporary Art Space presents a solo exhibition of new and seminal archive works by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?
Paulina Olowska's work for the Liverpool Biennial is titled Grace, Charles and the Sunflower, a mosaic that references the socialist belief that through the creation of a public work one can influence and present optimistic visions of a better world. The idea is based on a Polish mosaic from the 1960s situated on the side of a public school in the village of Raba Zdroj, where the artist lives.
For more information prlease visit the Liverpool Biennial website.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
This exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition opens this summer to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday (29 August 2018).
For more information please visit the National Portrait Gallery website.
George Condo at Cycladic
As part of its contemporary art programme, the Museum of Cycladic Art presents the first major solo institutional exhibition of George Condo in Greece. With a focus on the human figure, the exhibition will include painting, sculptures and drawings.
Hans Hartung: Painting as an Experiment - Works from 1962-1989
Focusing exclusively on Hans Hartung’s late painting, the Kunstmuseum Bonn presents more than 40 works from the collection of the Fondation Hartung-Bergman.
For more information please visit the Kunstmuseum Bonn website.
Sarah Crowner: Patterns
Sarah Crowner: Patterns is the second artist’s book in a series that Crowner has been developing around the formal aspects of her painting practice.
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This group exhibition showcases the work of a multigenerational group of artists vividly exploring the powers of abstract representation in contemporary art and it includes works by Eric N. Mack.
2018 Paul Boesch Award
Mai-Thu Perret is the recipient of the Paul Boesch Art Prize 2018. The Paul Boesch Art Prize is awarded annually to an artist in the field of visual arts. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 22 March at the Kunstmuseum Bern.
For more information please visit the Paul Boesch Foundation website.
Mai-Thu Perret, Les guérillères XI, 2016
© Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Photo by Annik Wetter
In Conversation: Michelangelo Pistoletto and Chiara Messineo
Michelangelo Pistoletto and filmmaker, Chiara Messineo, will be in conversation, discussing topics including the Terzo Paradiso and the artist’s exhibition of new mirror paintings at Simon Lee Gallery, focused around the subject of shelves.
For more information please visit the PaintingResearch At Wimbledon College of Arts website.
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins
Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, drugs and addiction, youth culture and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950's to the present day, including work by Larry Clark.
For more information please visit the Barbican Art Gallery website.
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 21 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. Representing Poland, Paulina Olowska will present a series of paintings that combine portraits of women from gardening magazines with elements from Slavic mythology and folklore, as well as techniques from Les Nabis, artists who left Paris in the 1980s in favour of the countryside.
For more information please visit the National Gallery of Victoria website.
Mudam Luxembourg will present a major solo exhibition of work by João Penalva. The exhibition will present a wide range of work alongside largescale installations, and will combine a diverse range of materials and media from photography and documents, to text and sound.
For more information please visit the Mudam Luxembourg website.
Wales Bonner AW18
Richard Russell And Toby Ziegler Present: Everything is Recorded in Residence
A major site specific installation on two floors of the abandoned Savoy Cinema in Dalston, East London. Friends since 2000, this is Russell and Ziegler’s first collaboration to celebrate the release of the debut album by Russell’s music project Everything Is Recorded.
In Conversation: Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nicholas Cullinan
Celebrated Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, discuss the artist’s wide-ranging practice and his upcoming exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, London which features his most recent series of mirror paintings Scaffali in which he directs his attention towards the subject of shelves.