As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present work by American abstract painter Roy Newell (1914-2006), marking the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK. This concise presentation showcases seventeen paintings spanning over half a century of the artist’s career. Characterised 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.
Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw. This will be the first exhibition of paintings by the influential American artist to be held in Asia.
Shaw moved to California from his hometown of Midland, Michigan in 1975 to attend Cal Arts, and along with fellow Michigan-native Mike Kelley, is one of a number of notable artists to emerge from the school in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over the past thirty years, he has become one of the United States’ most influential and visionary artists, working in painting, sculpture, and drawing, and building connections between his own critical and psychological perspective and America’s broader political, social, and spiritual histories. His work is distinguished by rigorous formal and structural analyses of neglected forms from vernacular culture, informed by his large collections of objects representative of consumer desires, religious fervour, and a constantly evolving counterculture. For Shaw, these seemingly mundane artefacts reflect shifting social and political values and the way in which individual Americans are the product of a variety of conflicting forces.
Eric N. Mack: "Misa Hylton Brim"
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by New York-based artist Eric N. Mack (b. 1987, Columbia, MD), the artist’s first solo presentation in London and with the gallery. The exhibition will feature his signature large-scale assemblages that oscillate between painting, sculpture, the readymade and performance, and initiate a dialogue between fashion and art.
Mack refers to himself as a painter, yet his works rarely observe the medium’s traditional canvas-to-stretcher format. Rather, his tactile creations, made from a dynamic combination of used textiles, worn clothes, moving blankets and torn rags, alongside photographs and pull outs from books and magazines, extend and transform the notion of painting. His use of colour, form and material as elements in a compositional lexicon as well as the stained or dyed fabrics which are his principal medium, declare the origin of his practice in the investigation of painting in an expanded field, while the way his compositions occupy and transform space are evidence of their sculptural nature. They are both paintings and sculptures – fully engaging with both disciplines. Recomposed with oil and acrylic paint, fabrics are hung using ropes and rods so that each architectural composition expands into the viewer’s space. In this way, Mack interrogates the very nature of painting, opening up a dialogue that explores the performative qualities inherent to his process, and how it both conflicts with and enhances the notion of painting as essentially still.
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.
The event is free to the public but booking is required: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 491 0100
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.
Michelangelo Pistoletto's Third Paradise travels to Space
Michelangelo Pistoletto's Third Paradise, which travelled to Space with the ASI Mission VITA on 28th July, came back to the Earth with the ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli last Thursday, 14th December.
Simon Lee Gallery now represents Cressida Campbell
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of eminent Australian artist, Cressida Campbell. Celebrated for her meticulous technique that combines both painting and printing, Campbell’s process results in two unique artworks: an engraved woodblock and a mirror-image print on paper.
This group exhibition explores the potential relations between art, politics and subjectivity and includes photographic works by Josephine Pryde from the series It's Not My Body and Conception.
Art Basel: Public Sector Special Performance featuring Jim Shaw and the band D'red D'warf
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed
Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw
Panel Discussion: Dexter Dalwood & Liz Lamere, moderated by Bob Nickas
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New New York
Myth, Music and Electricity
Myth, Music and Electricity is part of "contemporary art as concert", a series of events initiated by artgenève/musique, a platform for musical and ephemeral works by artists. The event aims to explore different approches to producing and receiving art and music, playing with the status and the sociability of the location and will include a performance by Angela Bulloch.
Angela Bulloch & David Grubbs: The Wired Salutation
Mel Bochner - The Joys of Yiddish
Hans Hartung - Polyptychs
In partnership with the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, the Hartung-Bergman Foundation presents an exhibition dedicated to the polyptychs works by Hans Hartung. The exhibition includes 16 polyptichs works dating from 1961 to 1988 and 40 works on paper.