Exhibitions

Past
Image: Luciano Fabro
London  30 November 2017 - 11 January 2018

Luciano Fabro

Simon Lee Gallery, in collaboration with the Archivio Luciano e Carla Fabro and Micheline Szwajcer, is proud to present a solo exhibition of historic works from the early 1960s by celebrated Italian artist Luciano Fabro (1936-2007), his first in London since his landmark show at the Tate Gallery in 1997. A leading figure in the landscape of post-war Italian art and proponent of the influential Arte Povera movement, Fabro is renowned for his radical practice that offered a re-evaluation of sculptural form via a rigorous approach to spatial context, material and meaning. Concerned with the environment of both work and viewer, the foundational theoretical works presented in this exhibition explore the framing of space with a spare and elegant simplicity designed to induct the viewer into a participatory experience, in which sensibility and seeing are symbiotic. Although later works by the artist employed sumptuous materials – silk, marble, bronze – Fabro’s first works encapsulate with economic means the experimental poetry that would come to define the conceptual innovation of his near five-decade long career.

Image: Isabelle Cornaro: Subterranean
Hong Kong  3 November - 19 December 2017

Isabelle Cornaro: Subterranean

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new video works by Paris-based artist Isabelle Cornaro. The multi-disciplinary practice of Cornaro considers the various material and conceptual shifts that occur when an object is transformed into an image.

Image: New Pleasure
New York  1 November - 23 December 2017

New Pleasure

The advent of the home studio in the 1970’s democratized both music and art, with cities like New York becoming significant platforms for the convergence of both practices. Partially due to financial instability brought on by urban decay and political neglect, artists embraced a do-it-yourself mentality which inevitably led to interdisciplinary experimentation. Although this time period was marked by metropolitan downturn, the phenomenal successes of these new wave forms of art making led to their ironic commercialization. Through a diverse group of artists and media, New Pleasure showcases the intersection of music and art after punk rock and investigates how artists have taken direct influence from musicians, have participated within either genre, or have performed as musicians themselves.

Image: Merlin Carpenter: Do Not Open Until 2081
London  27 October - 25 November 2017

Merlin Carpenter: Do Not Open Until 2081

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of wrapped paintings by Merlin Carpenter. In 2009 Carpenter came up with the idea to make new interpretations of a group of paintings from the 1960s by the British artist John Hoyland (1934-2011). Carpenter was drawn to this particular body of work for its engagement with and furtherance of the ambitious large-scale US painting of the time.

Image: Trip of the Tongue
Hong Kong  22 September - 28 October 2017

Trip of the Tongue Curated by Piper Marshall

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present Trip of the Tongue, a group exhibition curated by Piper Marshall that examines how communication is filtered, trained, and disciplined. The title comes from a mistranslation of a common English phrase- “slip of the tongue”- meaning a specific kind of verbal blunder that is an excess of intended speech. Such slips can be telling, when they reveal our inner thoughts unintentionally, or they can also be random, absurd, or humorous. As social errors, they detour the conversation and push against the control we typically try to exert over our language.

Image: Ryuji Tanaka
New York  13 September - 28 October 2017

Ryuji Tanaka

Simon Lee Gallery New York is proud to present the first solo exhibition in America of Japanese artist Ryuji Tanaka. A recognized member of two avant-garde groups that are synonymous with post-war Japanese art: the Pan-real Art Association and Gutai Art Association, Tanaka’s legacy lies in his desire to evolve a unique artistic style that is at once experimental, and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Japanese-style painting - nihon-ga.

Image: Jeff Elrod
London  8 September - 21 October 2017

Jeff Elrod

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new and recent paintings by New York and Marfa-based artist Jeff Elrod, his third with the gallery to date. Recognised for his large-format abstract paintings concerned with the relationship between hand-painted and digitally created mark-making, for this exhibition Elrod has created a series of hybrid images that incorporate analogue techniques into his continued experiments in digital and print technology.

Image: Metropolis
New York  28 June - 11 August 2017

Metropolis

Simon Lee Gallery New York is delighted to present Metropolis, an exhibition that showcases how artists use the city as a source for materials, subjects, and ideas. …
Image: Ryuji Tanaka
London  23 June - 25 August 2017

Ryuji Tanaka

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a concise survey exhibition of paintings by Japanese artist Ryuji Tanaka, his first posthumous solo presentation in the UK. A r…
Image: Bernard Frize
Hong Kong  7 June - 13 July 2017

Bernard Frize

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the second exhibition of new work by Bernard Frize to be held in our Hong Kong space. Since the late 1970s, Frize has explored …
Image: The Leftovers
New York  3 May - 10 June 2017

The Leftovers

“The grotto is the bunker and the bunker is the grotto.” Paul Virilio, Crepuscular Dawn, 2002 Simon Lee Gallery New York is pleased to present The Left…
Image: Mauvaises Herbes: Sarah Crowner, Caitlin Keogh, Paulina Olowska
Hong Kong  28 April - 27 May 2017

Mauvaises Herbes: Sarah Crowner, Caitlin Keogh, Paulina Olowska

“If you glance through your botanical books, you will see often addedtocertain names –‘a troublesome weed’. It is not its being venomous, or …
Image: Garth Weiser
London  21 April - 17 June 2017

Garth Weiser

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Garth Weiser, his second exhibition with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in Lo…
Image: Mel Bochner: Blah Blah Blah
Hong Kong  21 March - 22 April 2017

Mel Bochner: Blah Blah Blah

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong of American artist Mel Bochner. For some 50 years, Mel Bochner has explored the intersec…
Image: Black Feast
New York  17 March - 22 April 2017

Black Feast

Simon Lee Gallery New York is pleased to present Black Feast, an exhibition of works that emerge from experiences of anxiety, protest and trauma, both direct and med…
Image: Claudio Parmiggiani
London  16 March - 12 April 2017

Claudio Parmiggiani

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the fourth exhibition by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani. Over the course of his career, Parmiggiani has mainta…
Image: Screen Memory
London  10 February - 4 March 2017

Screen Memory

Curated by Eoin Donnelly Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce Screen Memory, a group exhibition that reflects upon how multi-generational artists have engaged…
Image: An Uncanny Likeness
New York  26 January - 4 March 2017

An Uncanny Likeness

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present An Uncanny Likeness, a group exhibition organized by Franklin Melendez and Romain Dauriac in the newly re-launched New York s…
Image: Will Benedict: Law and Order
Hong Kong  20 January - 11 March 2017

Will Benedict: Law and Order

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new painting and video works by Paris-based American artist Will Benedict. Benedic…
Image: Hans-Peter Feldmann
Hong Kong  24 November 2016 - 24 January 2017

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present our second exhibition in Hong Kong of influential German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. Characterised by its engagement with art …
Image: Mai-Thu Perret: Zone
London  23 November 2016 - 23 February 2017

Mai-Thu Perret: Zone

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce Mai-Thu Perret’s second solo exhibition and her first at the London gallery. Mai–Thu Perret creates interdisci…