Exhibitions

Past
Image: Out for Summer
Hong Kong  12 July - 7 September 2019

Out for Summer

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong is pleased to present Out for Summer, a concise exploration of the practice of painting, presented through the lens of nostalgia, a celebration of the quotidian, and of the fleeting, by artists, Qian Jiahua, Guo Hongwei, and Lin Yi-Hsuan. 

United by their personal, buoyant treatment of colour, line and form, each artist distinctly delivers paintings that are as introspective in their intimacy, as they are inviting in their warm approachability. Guo’s paintings are imbued with the endless sense of adventure and fantasy inherent to summer. Meanwhile, Lin distorts form and line through abstraction, manipulating his medium and taking reference from the South American and Taiwanese cultures that he identifies with to create highly personal and meditative paintings. Qian explores line, form and structure, sensitive to the impact of space. Her canvases are positioned at the unlikely, but harmonious intersection of deafening structure and restrained silence, gentle movement and bold order, seeking to challenge the conforms of a traditional canvas.

Image: Garth Weiser
Hong Kong  15 May - 29 June 2019

Garth Weiser

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Garth Weiser, the artist’s third with the gallery.

Weiser’s densely layered paintings celebrate and interrogate the possibilities of the genre. His unorthodox and exploratory approach to surface, dimensionality and perception has resulted in a body of work that is as engrossing and revealing, as it is imaginative.

Image: Heimo Zobernig
Hong Kong  26 March - 9 May 2019

Heimo Zobernig

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is proud to present a series of new paintings by Austrian artist, Heimo Zobernig, his first ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong.

For forty years Zobernig has conducted a thorough re-interpretation of the languages of formalism via an expansive body of work that moves seamlessly between an array of disciplines, from architectural intervention and installation, to performance, film, video, sculpture and painting.

Image: Sarah Crowner: Paintings for the Stage
Hong Kong  15 February - 20 March 2019

Sarah Crowner: Paintings for the Stage

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is pleased to present the first solo show in Asia by New York artist Sarah Crowner. The exhibition will comprise a series of new stitched canvas paintings by the artist, as well as a collaboration with the Hong Kong-based scenic painter and theatre set designer, Pink Lam. Paintings For The Stage will be a continuation of the artist’s architectural and scenographic interventions, as seen most recently in her works at the 57th edition of The Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, scenery and costume design for Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue for the American Ballet Theatre Company, and the commission she created for the Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York.

Image: Channing Hansen: Pattern Recognition
Hong Kong  11 January - 11 February 2019

Channing Hansen: Pattern Recognition

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Asia by Los Angeles-based artist Channing Hansen. In Pattern Recognition Hansen presents a new series of his signature hand-knitted textile-based works, which bring together craft and computation to explore theories related to the intersection of art, science and technology.

Image: Toby Ziegler: Your Mother
Hong Kong  31 October 2018 - 4 January 2019

Toby Ziegler: Your Mother

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Your Mother, an exhibition of new paintings by London-based artist Toby Ziegler. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery in Hong Kong.

Image: Kathryn Andrews: Candy Butchers
Hong Kong  14 September - 26 October 2018

Kathryn Andrews: Candy Butchers

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Asia by Los Angeles-based artist Kathryn Andrews. Presenting a new series of wall-based sculptures and one floor-based work, Andrews probes the visual contradictions of Pop Art and Minimalism, marrying the historical languages of the two movements into playful combinations that are both optically and conceptually rich.

Image: Jeff Elrod, Alex Hubbard, Yang Shu
Hong Kong  13 July - 4 September 2018

Jeff Elrod, Alex Hubbard, Yang Shu

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is delighted to present a group exhibition of works by Jeff Elrod, Alex Hubbard and Yang Shu. Working across the painted medium, all three artists share a commitment to gesture, colour and graphic mark-making, albeit in very different ways. Yet a common approach to anti-hierarchical materials and techniques unites the three artists, each of whom continues to challenge the traditions of painting in bold and experimental ways, not least in their handling of the performative gesture and the ways in which it can be relayed in two dimensions.

Image: Jim Shaw
Hong Kong  27 March - 31 May 2018

Jim Shaw

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.

Image: Clare Woods: Rehumanised
Hong Kong  9 February - 17 March 2018

Clare Woods: Rehumanised

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present, for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by London-based artist Clare Woods. For over 15 years Woods’ painting practice has been an exploration of physical form through the materiality of paint. Originally trained as a sculptor, Woods established her reputation with large-scale landscape paintings rendered in enamel on aluminium. Based on photographic source images, her immersive paintings of diverse scale have more recently moved into figurative works rendered in rich hues of oil paint. With an acute understanding of sculptural language, Woods’ interpretations shift between figuration and abstraction imbuing this central tension with volume, weight and interior mystery.

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: 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: 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 and elaborated the processes that define painting, with inventive means of applying paint that allow him to develop a profound exploration of his method and of the materiality of the medium. Devising a process that allows the painting to emerge through its implementation, the works develop out of the logic of material procedures instead of a predetermined composition. More agent for the prescribed procedures than architect, Frize eradicates personal decision rather than premeditating the end result. Free of personal expression, his practice is based on technique and movement in which paint, tools and formulated methods for applying paint on canvas determine the motif or pattern.

Image: Mauvaises Herbes: Sarah Crowner, Caitlin Keogh, Paulina Olowska
Hong Kong  28 April - 27 May 2017

Mauvaises Herbes: Sarah Crowner, Caitlin Keogh, Paulina Olowska

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by three artists whose links of friendship and common interest contrast sharply with their widely divergent approaches to painting, strategies of image making and the relation of narrative content in their work to the field of abstraction and figuration.

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 intersections of linguistic and visual representation. As a leading figure of conceptual and post-minimal art movements during the 1960s, Bochner experimented in complicating the interface between reading and seeing. Emerging at a time when painting was increasingly discussed as outmoded, Bochner became part of a generation of artists, including Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, and Robert Smithson, who were looking at ways of breaking with abstract expressionism and traditional compositional devices. Investigating philosophical and mathematical theories, Bochner examined the conventions, codes, and grammars we routinely use to grasp the external world, playing with cognitive strategies of counting, measuring, and ordering, using rationalising systems such as numbers, measurements and definitions to explore the irrational nature of being.

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. Benedict’s layered use of media and striking compositions disrupt the usual distinctions between frame and picture, painting and reproduction and explore conditions of the image, culture and methods of interpretation. Deconstructing conventions of representation, Benedict’s work incorporates disparate elements, addressing contemporary issues but is also imbued with a sense of incongruity and ambivalence.

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 history and vernacular imagery, Feldmann’s conceptual work has developed over more than four decades. A compulsive collector and appropriator of found images and everyday ephemera, Feldmann’s oeuvre incorporates photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. With surprising humour and subtle intervention, he systematically reconstructs existing images and objects to reflect on representation and the construction of ideologies.

Image: Angela Bulloch: One way conversation...
Hong Kong  14 October - 14 November 2016

Angela Bulloch: One way conversation...

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new sculptures by acclaimed artist Angela Bulloch. One way conversation… is a continuation of Bulloch’s latest body of work presented last year in Considering Dynamics and The Forms of Chaos at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE and L'ALMANACH 16 at the Le Consortium Dijon, France. Formed in steel and MDF, the stacked columns of polyhedra have a stylized geometry and manufactured surface sheen that alludes to minimalism and technology. Often apparent in Bulloch’s installations where technology mediates interaction with the work, is her interest in cybernetics, fundamental themes of biological, social and technological systems, and the integration of the human subject with technology.

Image: Marco Brambilla: Theater
Hong Kong  9 September - 9 October 2016

Marco Brambilla: Theater

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong of artist Marco Brambilla. Re-contextualizing century old histories with an array of pop cultural sources, the painterly dimensions of Brambilla's films combine cinematic techniques and technologies to challenge the standards of fine art and Hollywood. With precise technical production and seamless editing, Brambilla’s multi-layered tableaux of interconnecting images and looped video blend into expansive landscapes.

Image: Connect 4
Hong Kong  15 July - 15 August 2016

Connect 4 Luke Ching Chin Wai, Chris Huen Sin Kai, Kwan Sheung Chi, Kong Chun Hei, Sarah Lai Cheuk Wah, Lui Chun Kwong. Curated by Ying Kwok

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Connect 4, an exhibition exploring the role that social connections and artistic interconnections play in the practice of a group of artists living and working in Hong Kong. Evoking the qualities of the networked city and the broader experiential possibilities of art, the close-knit artistic community of Hong Kong inevitably cultivates a rich sensibility of participation in and referencing between the practices of each artist. This exhibition presents an inter-generational group of artists whose practices explores vernacular materials, forms and contemporaneous emotional and social conditions.

Image: Fractured
Hong Kong  28 May - 28 July 2016

Fractured Kathryn Andrews, Angela Bulloch, Bernard Frize, Louise Lawler, Daido Moriyama, John Stezaker, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present Fractured a selected group exhibition exploring one of modernism’s most characteristic formal strategies, the fracturing of the picture plane. Just as the Renaissance development of perspective yielded the possibility of the representation of three dimensional space in a two dimensional plane, so the modernist device of splitting the picture plane by means of formal fault lines suggested the simultaneous presentation of multiple viewpoints, and opened the door to abstraction.

Image: Dexter Dalwood: Propaganda Painting
Hong Kong  22 March - 22 May 2016

Dexter Dalwood: Propaganda Painting

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by London-based artist Dexter Dalwood, his second exhibition with the gallery and first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. 

This new series further develops Dalwood’s ongoing investigation into the role of images and painting in the construction of history. The context of China has provided him with a rich history to draw upon in order to make wider cultural, economic and political associations and provocations in this new body of paintings. 

Image: Garth Weiser
Hong Kong  19 February - 17 March 2016

Garth Weiser

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Garth Weiser. Working in combined layers of line and colour, Weiser’s gestural and literal carvings cut up the painting in a built up tension between the intricate syntax of abstraction and the paintings’ physical surface. Marked by materiality, textures, burnished surfaces and a striking synthesis of addition and negation, the intensely textured paintings point to Weiser’s implicit observations of the evolution in the practice of painting. 

Image: Valerie Snobeck: Reservoirs
Hong Kong  13 January - 13 February 2016

Valerie Snobeck: Reservoirs

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Valerie Snobeck. They are used plastic reservo…
Image: 1,000 Islands
Hong Kong  13 November - 21 December 2015

1,000 Islands

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present 1,000 Islands, a group exhibition organized by Franklin Melendez that explores notions of contemporary ecosystems. …
Image: Hugh Scott-Douglas
Hong Kong  11 September - 22 October 2015

Hugh Scott-Douglas

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present an exhibition of new work by New York based artist Hugh Scott-Douglas; his first with the gallery in Hong Kong, and f…
Image: Claudio Parmiggiani
Hong Kong  9 July - 29 August 2015

Claudio Parmiggiani

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Hong Kong by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani. Associated with the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements, Parmiggiani's work resists a firm connection to both. Themes of absence, the inevitable passage of time, fragmentation and ordeal recur throughout his practice and are essential to his oeuvre, as too does his concern with the power of memory, poetic images and shared history. Parmiggiani’s practice demonstrates a profound interest in our artistic, historical and moral past. Deeply personal meditations on life and death, the power of reflection and feelings of the sacred are realised in concrete objects, photographic and painted images, and in his signature Delocazioni, made with fire and soot on canvas. 

Image: Homeland
Hong Kong  22 May - 27 June 2015

Homeland

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present “HOMELAND”, a display of paintings by a group of British artists whose motifs and strategies may be seen as contemp…
Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto
Hong Kong  13 March - 25 April 2015

Michelangelo Pistoletto Partitura in Nero

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of acclaimed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a key figure in the development of Italian art in the 1950’s and 1960’s and a founding member of the Arte Povera movement. The term meaning “poor” or “impoverished” art was coined to describe the practice of a group of Italian artists creating art who used everyday materials and found objects. Arte Povera rejected standards of artistic classification, seeking new approaches to making art and aiming to create a space for evaluation of the viewers’ responses and the art object itself. Pistoletto’s practice is profoundly driven by the belief that creative energy is linked not to the artist as a singular entity but as an extraordinary force capable of impacting every aspect of society. The role of the artist is dedicated to creating interaction between all spheres of human activity that make up society.

Image: Jeff Elrod
Hong Kong  6 February - 7 March 2015

Jeff Elrod

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present for the first time in Asia, an exhibition of new works by Texas and New York- based artist, Jeff Elrod (b. 1966). Elrod’s…
Image: Merlin Carpenter
Hong Kong  12 December 2014

Merlin Carpenter Decades

For a first-time viewer a possible problem is not the realization that there are many layers, but not knowing how to use them. Someone with a vague knowledge of his …
Image: Sherrie Levine
Hong Kong  23 November 2014 - 23 January 2015

Sherrie Levine

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by celebrated American artist Sherrie Levine. Since the late 1970s, Sherrie Levine has …
Image: Paulina Olowska: Ceramics
Hong Kong  18 September - 9 October 2014

Paulina Olowska: Ceramics

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition with leading Polish artist Paulina Olowska. Olowska’s paintings, collages, and ce…
Image: Mai-Thu Perret
Hong Kong  10 July - 19 August 2014

Mai-Thu Perret Slow Wave

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present “Slow Wave”- Mai-Thu Perret’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Perret is known for her multidisciplinary, …
Image: Toby Ziegler
Hong Kong  14 May - 1 July 2014

Toby Ziegler

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present new works by British artist Toby Ziegler (b.1972), the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Ziegler’s pract…
Image: Daido Moriyama: Searching Journeys
Hong Kong  14 March - 7 May 2014

Daido Moriyama: Searching Journeys

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong proudly presents “Searching Journeys”, a survey showing the beginnings and later development of the influential photographer …
Image: Walk The Line
Hong Kong  13 January - 17 March 2014

Walk The Line

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present Walk the Line, an exhibition of new and recent work by eight gallery artists, who, across disparate practices, share …
Image: Jim Shaw
Hong Kong  22 November 2013 - 7 January 2014

Jim Shaw

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the first Hong Kong exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw. While Shaw’s methodology embraces a multitu…
Image: Hans Peter Feldmann
Hong Kong  4 October - 19 November 2013

Hans Peter Feldmann

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present our first exhibition in the Hong Kong Gallery of work by the influential German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. Characterised by its inquisitive and versatile engagement with art history and vernacular imagery, Feldmann’s conceptual work has developed over more than four decades. He has built a unique language through the reassembling of images collected from elements of visual culture and everyday ephemera such as books, magazines, family albums and postcards. With unexpected humour, wit and minimal interference, his works reconstruct the pictorial context and extend artistic communication beyond the traditional practice. 

Image: In Lines And Realignments
Hong Kong  4 July - 26 September 2013

In Lines And Realignments

In Lines and Realignments is an exhibition taking place across both Simon Lee spaces, in London and in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong part of the exhibition brings togethe…
Image: Angela Bulloch
Hong Kong  22 May - 1 July 2013

Angela Bulloch UNIVERSAL MINERAL

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present an exhibition of new work by acclaimed artist Angela Bulloch. 

This exhibition, the artist’s first in Hong Kong, will include a single large Night Sky work, all but filling one of the gallery’s walls. Alongside it she will show a number of new pixel box works fabricated in corian, sitting individually or in pairs on the gallery floor, or suspended from the ceiling. Alongside the exhibition the gallery will present a Drawing Machine at ArtHK.

Image: Larry Clark
Hong Kong  12 April - 16 May 2013

Larry Clark

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present the work of internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark for the first time in Asia.

Larry Clark holds a seminal position in American photography. Widely known for his treatment of teenage sexuality, violence and drug use, Clark’s contentious photographs and films are simultaneously unimaginable and unforgettable. Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present selections from both Tulsa (1963 - 1971) published in 1972 and Teenage Lust (1963 - 1983) first published in 1983 and expanded in 1987. 

Image: João Penalva
Hong Kong  23 January - 23 March 2013

João Penalva

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present an exhibition of new works by the renowned London-based, Portuguese artist João Penalva. Penalva is best know…
Image: Bernard Frize
Hong Kong  24 November 2012 - 24 January 2013

Bernard Frize

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Bernard Frize. With a career which spans more than 40 years, Bernard Frize is widel…
Image: Matias Faldbakken
Hong Kong  6 October - 17 November 2012

Matias Faldbakken Maintenance

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present an exhibition of new work by renowned Norwegian artist and writer Matias Faldbakken. In his practice as an artist, M…
Image: Sherrie Levine
Hong Kong  15 May - 25 June 2012

Sherrie Levine

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to announce its inaugural exhibition, a solo presentation of work by American artist Sherrie Levine. Sherrie Levine is at the f…