Exhibitions

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Image: Paulina Olowska: Destroyed Woman
London  11 October - 16 November 2019

Paulina Olowska: Destroyed Woman Curated by Clément Dirié

Paulina Olowska’s exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, London, constitutes the latest chapter in the artist’s continuous and fertile research into image-making, exploring the ways in which she interprets painting as a vehicle for her idiosyncratic visions and as a facilitator for the exchange of feelings and sensations with the viewer. Spanning the gallery’s three floors, Destroyed Woman puts forward a visual and emotional landscape through which to contemplate the self and the other, provoking our consideration of themes such as womanhood, ageing, the power of tradition and the spectator’s gaze. With this exhibition Olowska invites us to thoroughly re-contemplate representations of women, particularly within an art historical context, and to redefine the purpose of their portraiture; how, she asks, can we reformulate tradition to encompass what has been destroyed and  what needs to be invented?

In Olowska’s latest series of paintings female figures are captured posing, working or acting in diverse backgrounds. For the most part they are represented alone, engrossed in their own thoughts or activities. They watch us, watching them, all of us absorbed in both past and future.

Image: Sigmar Polke: Schüttbilder
London  30 September - 5 October 2019

Sigmar Polke: Schüttbilder

Coinciding with Frieze London, Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a presentation of ‘Schüttbilder’, or ‘Pour Paintings’ by influential German artist, Sigmar Polke (1941-2010).

Amongst the most significant figures in the artistic landscape of post-war Germany, Polke was renowned for an experimental approach to painting that pushed the boundaries of both medium and material. The pursuit of chance operation and an irreverent wit are hallmarks of a career that staunchly resisted easy categorisation or alignment with any specific movement or genre. While his multidisciplinary practice encompassed innovations across photography, film, print, drawing, sculpture and performance, it was as a painter that he most thoroughly tested aesthetic convention. Polke’s interrogation of the formal and material traditions of paint led to the invention of alchemical processes and a use of unorthodox substances, which created a constant dialogue between order and disorder, chaos and control, all the while addressing the cultural and historical impact of an abstract practice in two dimensions.

Image: Clare Woods: Doublethink
London  6 September - 5 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.

Image: En Plein Air
London  19 July - 31 August 2019

En Plein Air

Simon Lee Gallery, London, is pleased to present En Plein Air, bringing together works by artists who seek to reinterpret the artistic tradition of painting outdoors for a contemporary audience. The plein air approach has been prevalent since the mid-19th century, although it gained traction in the 1860s as a practice essential to the development of the Impressionist movement. While artists had long painted from observation to create preparatory sketches or studies, during this period the plein air method led to a naturalistic style that threw out the academic rulebook in the pursuit of formal and compositional spontaneity. The artists included in En Plein Air are united by a desire to refresh the audience’s interpretation of outdoor painting, whether via landscapes or portraits, photography or painting, figuration or abstraction, and in this way, the exhibition explores scenes of the outdoors in relation to contemporary studio practice.

Image: Marilyn Minter
London  6 June - 13 July 2019

Marilyn Minter

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present the European premiere of New York-based artist Marilyn Minter’s video work My Cuntry ’Tis of Thee (2018). This is the artist’s debut exhibition with the gallery and her first solo presentation in the UK in thirty years.

Image: Mel Bochner: Exasperations
London  5 June - 13 July 2019

Mel Bochner: Exasperations

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings on velvet by American artist Mel Bochner. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

For nearly 60 years Bochner’s intellectual and material analysis of painting, photography and sculpture has yielded ground-breaking works that explore the intersection of linguistic and visual representation. As a leading figure within the conceptual and post-minimal art movements of the 1960s, he experimented in complicating the relationship between image and language. 

Image: Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo: Argo
London  4 April - 1 June 2019

Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo: Argo

Simon Lee Gallery, London is pleased to present a series of new paintings by Indonesian artist Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo. In these works, he pours volcanic ash and resin on plexiglass to create abstract compositions profoundly connected with his homeland. This will be the artist’s first solo show in the UK since 2010.

Image: Dexter Dalwood: What is Really Happening
London  1 - 30 March 2019

Dexter Dalwood: What is Really Happening

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Dexter Dalwood, his second to be held in the London gallery.

‘In this modern world where everything plays out fast and it plays out in the open at incredible speeds and just when it seems like we are all in on it and interconnected….’

― NBC news anchor intro.

Dalwood’s paintings celebrate and interrogate the history of the medium. They demonstrate an awareness of the continued significance of painting as a means of communicating the ways in which we experience our everyday existence. He crafts narratives of memory that bring together the past, present and future in a single image, forging a bridge between our interpretation of what has already come to pass and that which has yet to happen.

Image: Metal
London  17 January - 23 February 2019

Metal

Simon Lee Gallery, London is pleased to present Metal, a group exhibition of sculptures in metal produced between 1968 and 1990. The exhibition comprises works created by some of the most prominent and innovative artists of the twentieth century, pioneers of the Minimalist and Arte Povera movements. The exhibition links together artists working in industrial materials such as aluminium, iron, and steel, who challenge the viewer’s relationship to space through various methods of intervention, proposing unexpected ways of seeing and interacting.

Image: Josephine Pryde: In Case My Mind Is Changing
London  30 November 2018 - 12 January 2019

Josephine Pryde: In Case My Mind Is Changing

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photography, together with some models in 3D, by Josephine Pryde, her second to be held in the London gallery.

Image: Mai-Thu Perret
Viewing Room, London  30 November 2018 - 12 January 2019

Mai-Thu Perret

As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present a solo presentation of ceramic works by gallery artist Mai-Thu Perret. Known for her multi-disciplinary practice that engages installation, performance, sculpture, textile, and the written word, Perret derives inspiration from such avant-garde art movements of the twentieth-century as Dada, Constructivism and Bauhaus design, exploring the ways in which modernist form and artisanal genres, including craft, fashion and theatre, collide.

Image: Yun Hyong-keun
London  25 October - 24 November 2018

Yun Hyong-keun

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a survey of paintings and works on paper by Yun Hyong-keun. The Korean artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery examines the connection between his painting and drawing practices across the full breadth of a career profoundly connected with the history and culture of his native country. Yun is currently the subject of a retrospective at The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, Korea, the first major solo exhibition of the artist at a national institution in Korea.

Image: Ryan Mrozowski
Viewing Room, London  25 October - 24 November 2018

Ryan Mrozowski

As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present a concise solo exhibition by New York-based artist Ryan Mrozowski. His latest work – paintings in acrylic on linen, covered in natural and botanical motifs – explores optics, repetition and the depiction of nature, examining perception and the ways in which we experience pattern.

Image: Family Guy
Viewing Room, London  3 - 20 October 2018

Family Guy Organised by Kenny Schachter

As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Family Guy. Art dealer and collector Kenny Schachter’s latest foray into the murky waters of curatorial practice positions his own work and that of his wife, Ilona Rich, and children, Adrian, Kai, Gabriel and Sage Schachter, alongside the artists his family grew up with, including Vito Acconci, Sarah Lucas, Rachel Harrison, Rudolf Stingel, Paul Thek, Franz West and Christopher Wool. All of these artists have played an intrinsic role in the lives of Schachter and his family, providing daily inspiration and directing them towards novel artistic languages and new means of communication.

Image: Gary Simmons: Green Past Gold
London  13 September - 20 October 2018

Gary Simmons: Green Past Gold

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist, Gary Simmons. This is his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Image: Justin John Greene: Welcome To Our Mess
Viewing Room, London  4 - 28 September 2018

Justin John Greene: Welcome To Our Mess

As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Welcome to Our Mess a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Justin John Greene, his first in the UK. This new suite of paintings offers a panorama of a sun-washed, tragicomic barbeque with scenes set against the background of an oddly utopic neighbourhood, in which themes of conflict and romance are paramount.

Image: Towards Infinity: 1965-1980
London  4 July - 7 September 2018

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.

Image: Leelee Kimmel: Wormhole
Viewing Room, London  4 July - 30 August 2018

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.

Image: Holly Coulis
Viewing Room, London  1 - 30 June 2018

Holly Coulis

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.

The oil on linen works on view depict simple scenes of quotidian life - familiar objects and foodstuffs arranged precisely and playfully on tables and countertops. Reminiscent of early modernist and cubist still life painting, Coulis’s domestic scenes are flattened, and the objects and surfaces are broken down into distinct areas or planes of unvariegated colour that represent different viewpoints. In each painting, there is a play and invention in constructing the space, and often the challenge lies in deciphering the dynamic of the table, whose lines and edges bisect and mirror the shape of the canvas.

Image: Bernard Frize: Blackout in the Grid
London  17 May - 30 June 2018

Bernard Frize: Blackout in the Grid

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Bernard Frize, the fourth to be held in the London gallery. This exhibition brings together paintings from Frize’s most recent series with works made in the decade from 1999 to 2008. As the Centre Pompidou prepares for its first major survey exhibition of the artist’s work, to be held in 2019, the juxtaposition of these works reveals both the consistency of Frize’s project, and his constant innovation.

Throughout his career, Frize has revisited and revised his own works from earlier series. The loops and switchbacks of the trajectory of his career seem to echo those interweaving marks which structure many of the paintings themselves. He has spoken of these structures as devices for the removal of compositional decisions. The paintings proceed in series; the series are determined by the rules which govern them. He continues until the variations, and the possibility to produce new results, are exhausted. Frize’s project is, simply stated, one of reducing painting to its most fundamental elements, of using structure and system to govern and regulate the compositional process and thus absolve the artist from the decision making process, so that there is nothing more to the work than its physical, even technological, method of production.

Image: Joel Mesler: The Alphabet of Creation (For Now)
Viewing Room, London  20 April - 26 May 2018

Joel Mesler: The Alphabet of Creation (For Now)

As part of its Viewing Room programme, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present The Alphabet of Creation (for now) an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist and art dealer Joel Mesler. For his first solo presentation in the UK, Mesler will exhibit new paintings from his ongoing body of work based on the alphabet, in which each painting is devoted to a single letter, drawing on memories from his childhood and his hometown of Los Angeles.

Image: Eric N. Mack: Misa Hylton-Brim
London  12 April - 12 May 2018

Eric N. Mack: Misa Hylton-Brim

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Misa Hylton-Brim, Eric N. Mack’s inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in London. The exhibition features a new body of the artist’s signature large-scale assemblages, which oscillate between painting, sculpture, the readymade and performance, at the same time initiating a dialogue between fashion and art.

Image: Roy Newell
Viewing Room, London  13 March - 14 April 2018

Roy Newell

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.

Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto: Scaffali
London  23 February - 7 April 2018

Michelangelo Pistoletto: Scaffali

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present works from celebrated Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s most recent series of mirror paintings, in which he directs his attention towards the subject of scaffali, or shelves. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Pistoletto is widely recognised as one of the most influential contemporary artists of his generation and a central figure within the Arte Povera movement. From early in his five-decade career the mirrored surface has been an instrumental element of his practice. Initiated in 1962, Pistoletto’s signature mirror paintings use the reflective picture plane to draw both viewer and environment into the work, playing with traditional notions of the painted image as a fixed moment in time.

Image: Jim Shaw: Drawings
Viewing Room, London  

Jim Shaw: Drawings

On show as part of its ‘Viewing Room’ programme, Simon Lee Gallery presents a concise selection of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw. The remarkable variation in scale and visual narrative on display highlights a crucially important part of the artist’s oeuvre, and the works on view trace defining elements in his ongoing artistic practice with humour, skill and insight. Whether as preparatory studies or as works in their own right, these monochromatic works on paper offer an intimate sense of the artist’s creative and conceptual process that mines the collective subconscious of American culture through a mix of the familiar and the absurd.

 

Image: Hans Hartung
London  17 January - 17 February 2018

Hans Hartung

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of late paintings by pioneer of twentieth-century abstraction, Hans Hartung (1904-1989). This inaugural presentation with the gallery celebrates the last, highly productive decade of the artist’s life, which saw him return to many of the themes that had occupied him throughout his career, while expanding his repertoire with an array of innovative painting practices. Hartung’s late painting, much of which was made from the confines of a wheelchair, is amongst the most vigorous of his lifetime, revealing a renewed sense of freedom, energy and ambition despite his advancing age and increasing frailty. Although the artist’s dramatic approach to the medium was remarkable throughout his career, it was not until the 1980s that many of his freest and most experimental works were produced. Distinguished by dramatic shifts in technique, tools, scale and gesture, Hartung’s output over the course of his last years is testament to his rich and constant exploration of the language of abstraction.

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: 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: 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: 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 recognised 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: 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 London.

Emergent images in Weiser’s abstract paintings flicker in and out of focus like analogue TV static. Ghosts of cartoon-like figures puncture the surfaces, shape-shifting as the eye is teased through dense layers of dots and drips, scumbles and scrapes, peaks and troughs.

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 maintained a radical stance and singular vision, utilising recurring motifs such as dust, emptiness, fire, glass, bells and shadows to interrogate the dual nature of time. His overarching investigation is his search for an image, object or assemblage that transcends time and individual experience to evoke a universally existential and perceptual truth. It is a search that is at the heart of his practice, an excavation of history and mythology that is rendered still, silent and impervious to time.

Image: Screen Memory
London  10 February - 4 March 2017

Screen Memory

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce Screen Memory, a group exhibition that reflects upon how multi-generational artists have engaged with the complex notion of collective memory. Working across painting, photography, installation and video, the artists each have very distinct approaches yet collectively reveal the paradoxical ways in which individual and shared memories are retrieved and intersect.

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…
Image: Toby Ziegler: Post-Human Paradise
London  5 October - 5 November 2016

Toby Ziegler: Post-Human Paradise

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Toby Ziegler, his fourth exhibition with the gallery.

Matisse’s Large Reclining Nude (The Pink Nude), 1936 provides the starting point for Ziegler’s new series of paintings and a new two channel video work (all 2016). Ziegler was drawn to the painting’s embodiment of a shift from figuration to abstraction. The development of Matisse’s painting between May and October 1935 was documented in a series of 22 black and white slides that illustrate the painting’s evolution from illusionistic to two dimensional space. Through this surviving documentation we can see how Matisse edited, cropped, flattened and stretched the body in its context to greater effect in the painting, retaining the human figure, whilst tightening and streamlining the motif like a piece of typography or a logo.

Image: Yun Hyong-keun
London  6 September 2016

Yun Hyong-keun Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue, 1990-1993

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a concise survey exhibition of paintings by Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun, one of the leading figures of Dansaekhwa, in his first posthumous solo presentation in the UK.

The series of large Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue oil on linen works included in the exhibition date from between 1990 – 1993 and reflect a transformative moment in the artist’s career, when the abstract forms in the work grew larger, darker and fewer in number. The exhibition also includes a smaller scale Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue oil painting from the same period executed on Hanji paper – a Korean paper made from the fibrous skin of the mulberry.

Image: Bas Jan Ader
London  24 June - 24 August 2016

Bas Jan Ader

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of work by Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, one of the most influential artists of his generation. Forty years after the end of his brief career, his concise body of some thirty-five works created between 1969 and 1975 continues to inspire artists, writers, curators and critical thinkers.

Image: Sarah Crowner: Plastic Memory
London  13 May - 18 June 2016

Sarah Crowner: Plastic Memory

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a new series of stitched paintings alongside a ceramic tile mural and floor installation by New York based artist Sarah Crowner, in her first solo show in the UK.

Sarah Crowner draws on art, fashion, graphic design, theatre and performance to create dynamic works that recall 20th century geometric abstraction and modernism.

Image: Keiji Uematsu: Invisible Force
London  8 April - 5 May 2016

Keiji Uematsu: Invisible Force

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new and historical work by Japanese conceptual artist Keiji Uematsu, his first ever in the United Kingdom. 

Uematsu’s highly cohesive body of work spanning over 45 years makes invisible relationships between objects and the spaces they inhabit visible. The ideas of ‘de-familiarising’ space and focusing our attention on the natural forces of gravity, tension, and material attraction, whether through photography, drawing or sculptural installation, underlie his entire practice. 

Image: Jeff Zilm: Some Screen Mods
London  2 March - 2 April 2016

Jeff Zilm: Some Screen Mods

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce Jeff Zilm’s first UK solo exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, London.  

Zilm’s multimedia practice investigates the slippage between technological platforms and ways they are consumed and decoded in the social realm. His best known ‘film’ paintings take as their starting point the physical properties of film stock and cinema as a material medium. Like the Structural filmmakers of the 1960s, Zilm emphasizes the materiality of film and its apparatus. For over a decade the artist has sourced 8mm, 16mm and 35mm black and white films for this ongoing project. Using a homemade bath, he chemically destabilizes the emulsion so that he can extract the filmic image and optical sound track from the reels of celluloid. The film, once fully extracted and finally in a liquid state, is then transcribed in its entirety onto a single canvas. 

Image: Gary Simmons: Post No Bills
London  15 January - 20 February 2016

Gary Simmons: Post No Bills

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings, wall work and sculptures by New York based artist Gary Simmons, in his third solo show at the gallery.  

In his new body of work Simmons continues to excavate politics, music, race and class within American and British culture.  

Image: Jim Shaw
London  19 November 2015 - 19 January 2016

Jim Shaw

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings (all 2015) by Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw. Material wealth, innocence and guilt, man's re…
Image: Heimo Zobernig
London  13 October - 14 November 2015

Heimo Zobernig

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Heimo Zobernig. Heimo Zobernig’s work crosses media, from architectural interventio…
Image: Faux Amis
London  8 September - 7 October 2015

Faux Amis

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present ‘Faux Amis’, a group exhibition that centres on the dialogue between the work of gallery artists and their chosen ‘false friend’.

For this, the first exhibition to cover both the ground and the new first floor spaces of the London gallery, Simon Lee Gallery artists are invited to exhibit alongside, and in dialogue with, the work of an artist of their choice which they find forges a relevant, interesting, distracting, misleading, or stimulating relationship with their own practice. The resultant selection of works not only highlights the interesting discourses that can exist between artists of divergent practices and generations, but also suggests new readings of the individual works on display.

Image: Sherrie Levine
London  9 June - 25 July 2015

Sherrie Levine African Masks After Walker Evans

I don’t think it’s useful to see culture as monolithic. I’d rather see it as having many voices, some conscious and some unconscious, which may be …
Image: Five Decades
London  9 June - 9 July 2015

Five Decades Sculpture and Works on Paper: Koji Enokura, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Noboru Takayama

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present ‘Five Decades: Sculpture and Works on Paper: Koji Enokura, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Noboru Takayama’…
Image: Angela Bulloch
London  1 May 2015

Angela Bulloch New Wave Digits

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new sculptures by acclaimed artist Angela Bulloch. Stacked columns of polyhedra, formed in steel, corian or MDF, populate the gallery space. Conceived and designed within a digital imaging program, this new body of sculptures, with their stylized geometry, electronic glow and manufactured surface sheen, might seem to channel New Wave Science Fiction - a genre typified by its imaginative, futuristic and often inaccurate notions of science and technology. Just as that genre’s writers accelerated the age’s visions of modernism, these geometric stacks suggest Brancusi’s Endless Column as if refracted through vector graphics, reinforcing a sense of ‘retro-futurity’. The temporality is confusing. Today, when much sculpture seems to be looking back toward the purity of minimalism, these works seem to refer to a later moment, when culture took imaginative leaps forward, postulating a world of stark angles and sawtooth synthesizers.

Image: João Penalva
London  27 March - 25 April 2015

João Penalva

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new work by the London–based Portuguese artist, João Penalva, his third with the gallery. W…
Image: Hugh Scott-Douglas
London  3 February - 3 March 2015

Hugh Scott-Douglas Consumables

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Hugh Scott-Douglas' first exhibition at the gallery, the artist's first solo show in London. Hugh Scott-Douglas' work situates…
Image: Dexter Dalwood
London  18 November 2014 - 24 January 2015

Dexter Dalwood London Paintings

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present 'London Paintings', Dexter Dalwood's first exhibition since joining the gallery. London, as a setting and subject matter, has …
Image: Mel Bochner
London  14 October - 14 November 2014

Mel Bochner Going out of business! (and other recent paintings on velvet)

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Mel Bochner. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery, and the first presentation of his paintings in London since the critically acclaimed exhibition Mel Bochner: If the Colour Changes at The Whitechapel Gallery in 2012. 

Image: Ran Huang
London  5 September - 5 October 2014

Ran Huang An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced - Ran Huang’s first solo exhibition in London. The exhibition i…
Image: Elective Affinities
London  11 July - 27 August 2014

Elective Affinities

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Elective Affinities, an exhibition which brings together a group of sculptures which share an interest in narrative and prioritise content, reference and resonance over pure form. Proposing an alternative to the drive toward abstraction and the evacuation of content, the works in this exhibition insist on their relationships to their sources and antecedents and combine physical transformation with continuity of meaning. Whether through performance or materiality, as replicas or relics, they force the recognition of the ideas and processes by which they are made.

Image: Larry Clark
London  1 - 6 July 2014

Larry Clark

A large selection of unique Larry Clark photographs will be on sale to fans and followers of the artist's work at Simon Lee Gallery in London. The photographs date f…
Image: Bernard Frize: Colour Divides
London  23 May - 6 July 2014

Bernard Frize: Colour Divides

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Bernard Frize, his third with the gallery. Unusually for Frize, this exhibition consists of p…
Image: Valerie Snobeck
London  28 March - 17 May 2014

Valerie Snobeck LE MONDE, LE CONTINENT, LA FRANCE, ETC..., ETC..., LA RUE DE BIZERTE, MOI

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Valerie Snobeck’s first UK exhibition, Le monde, le continent, la France, etc...,etc..., la rue de Bizerte, moi which ope…
Image: George Condo
London  11 February - 22 March 2014

George Condo Headspace

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of new paintings by renowned American artist George Condo. This is the artist’s first solo presentation of…
Image: David Ostrowski
London  28 November 2013 - 31 January 2014

David Ostrowski YES OR LET'S SAY NO

Harmony Korine: What kind of kid were you? David Ostrowski: I was a real mama’s boy, a late bloomer and one of those boys, who look like girls. I had to take …
Image: Jeff Elrod
London  15 October - 23 November 2013

Jeff Elrod

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present the first UK exhibition by the Texas and New York-based artist, Jeff Elrod (b. 1966). Following an acclaimed exhibition at …
Image: Claudio Parmiggiani
London  11 September - 9 October 2013

Claudio Parmiggiani

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of the work of renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani to be held at our London gallery. The exhibition will bring together works in a wide variety of media, with a range of iconographic subjects and from a span of some thirty five years. What links them is the artist’s search for an image, an object or an assemblage which transcends time and individual experience to evoke a universal existential and perceptual truth. It is a search which goes to the heart of Parmiggiani’s practice.

Image: In Lines And Realignments
London  26 June - 28 August 2013

In Lines And Realignments

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present In Lines and Realignments, a group exhibition curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Thom O’Nions. The exhibition brin…
Image: Matias Faldbakken
London  15 May - 20 June 2013

Matias Faldbakken SACKS/TRUNKS

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Matias Faldbakken, his third with the gallery. In the 8 years since his participation in the …
Image: Hans-Peter Feldmann
London  5 April - 8 May 2013

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a new solo exhibition with the influential German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. The exhibition follows the success of Feldmann’s recent travelling solo survey at the Serpentine Gallery in London and BAWAG Contemporary in Vienna (both 2012), which is currently on view at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.

Feldmann has had a life-long fascination with, and an obsessive attitude towards, collecting everyday images and ephemera which he often assembles in the form of books, posters, postcards, paintings and installations. His works present a blend of readymade material and minimal artistic intervention, achieving unexpected, humorous outcomes that often verge on the absurd and challenge our aesthetic sensibilities.

Image: Jim Shaw
London  12 February - 12 March 2013

Jim Shaw

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw.

Shaw graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the late-1970s as part of a pioneering creative scene including Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler. His multidisciplinary practice proves as influential today as when he first burst onto the scene, as a founding member of cult proto-punk band Destroy All Monsters.

Image: Sherrie Levine
London  28 November 2012 - 28 February 2013

Sherrie Levine

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by the American artist Sherrie Levine. This body of work continues to develop the themes of reproduct…
Image: Toby Ziegler
London  10 October 2012

Toby Ziegler The Cripples - Q-park 3-9 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AF

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present The Cripples, an off-site installation by British artist Toby Ziegler. Finding inspiration from repeatedly reproduced images s…
Image: Heimo Zobernig
London  9 October - 9 November 2012

Heimo Zobernig

9 October – 24 November 2012 Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Heimo Zobernig, the gallery’s second with the artis…
Image: Josephine Pryde
London  7 September - 7 October 2012

Josephine Pryde Night Out

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present NIGHT OUT, our first solo exhibition with British artist Josephine Pryde. The opening of NIGHT OUT coincides with Fashion&rsqu…
Image: João Penalva
London  20 July - 20 August 2012

João Penalva The Prize Song

Two rings hang in front of a deep black background; hands, powdered and bandaged, reach up to them, but the rest of the body is invisible in the extreme close-up of …
Image: Paulina Olowska
London  13 April - 13 May 2012

Paulina Olowska Mother 200

For her first solo exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, Paulina Olowska will show a group of new paintings which continue her exploration of feminist and socially engage…
Image: Alex Hubbard
London  2 March - 2 April 2012

Alex Hubbard Eat Your Friends

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present EAT YOUR FRIENDS, an exhibition of new videos and paintings by American artist Alex Hubbard, his first solo exhibition at the g…
Image: Toby Ziegler
London  20 January - 25 February 2012

Toby Ziegler

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition of new work by British artist Toby Ziegler. This group of paintings and sculptures deal with idea…
Image: Merlin Carpenter
London  3 November - 3 December 2011

Merlin Carpenter Tate Café

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present TATE CAFÉ, an exhibition of new works by Merlin Carpenter. TATE CAFÉ follows Intrinsic Value (2009), the artist'…
Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto
London  13 September - 29 October 2011

Michelangelo Pistoletto Lavoro

‘A Mirror Painting is a means to orientation in the world, of encouraging conscious experience of phenomena as experienced from the first person point of view,…
Image: Rebus curated by Mario Codognato
London  21 July - 21 September 2011

Rebus curated by Mario Codognato Vedovamazzei, John M Armleder, Mircea Cantor, Merlin Carpenter, Matias Faldbakken, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sherrie Levine, Sislej Xhafa, Heimo Zobernig

Almost 100 years after Duchamp's urinal and after Puni hung a hammer on one of his canvases, rebus considers the recontextualization and re-appropriation of daily use objects or images as an effective practice for delivering a subversive and critical message.

The use of industrially manufactured items rather than handmade goods or, as in the tradition of art, of objects, surfaces and photographic images made directly by the artist, represents a method and a system which in waves is ever present through the last Century to the present day. The object in question can be presented by itself, assembled with other objects, incorporated into a “traditional” painting or sculpture, manipulated, distorted, or framed within a purpose-made structure. In all these cases and any other variation, it is the context of the exhibition space which above all causes the work to be seen, enjoyed and consumed as a work of art.

Image: Sherrie Levine
London  9 June - 16 July 2011

Sherrie Levine The Desert

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce our third solo exhibition of work by Sherrie Levine. Sherrie Levine came to prominence as one of a generation of artists who,…
Image: Gary Simmons
London  8 April - 31 May 2011

Gary Simmons Shine

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition of the renowned American artist Gary Simmons. For Gary Simmons, the act of erasure has been a ce…
Image: Larry Clark
London  10 February - 2 April 2011

Larry Clark What Do You Do For Fun?

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition of the renowned American photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark. Larry Clark holds a seminal pos…
Image: João Penalva
London  8 December 2010 - 29 January 2011

João Penalva

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to announce its first solo show by the renowned London-based, Portuguese artist João Penalva. João Penalva is known for…
Image: Angela Bulloch
London  13 October - 27 November 2010

Angela Bulloch Discrete Manifold Whatsoever

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present our first solo collaboration with the celebrated artist Angela Bulloch.

For this, her first solo exhibition in the UK since 2005, Bulloch will show an entirely new body of work that develops and de-constructs the ‘pixel box’ sculptures which have become her signature. 

Image: Matias Faldbakken
London  19 May - 3 July 2010

Matias Faldbakken Known To Few, Unknown To Fewer

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present new works by Matias Faldbakken in his second solo show with the gallery. Faldbakken employs vandalism and a destructive attitu…
Image: Enrique Martínez Celaya
London  1 April - 12 May 2010

Enrique Martínez Celaya The Open

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present a new body of work by the Cuban-American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, for his first solo gallery show in the UK. …
Image: Bernard Frize
London  10 February - 24 March 2010

Bernard Frize Red, Yellow And Blue

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Red, Yellow and Blue, its second show of new paintings by highly regarded French artist Bernard Frize. The title of the show, …
Image: Donald Judd
London  25 November 2009 - 29 January 2010

Donald Judd Progressions 1960s & 1970s

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present Donald Judd: Progressions 1960s and 1970s, a solo show of the late American artist’s three dimensional wall mounted works…
Image: Marnie Weber
London  4 September - 4 October 2009

Marnie Weber The Truth Speakers, The Sea Of Silence

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce its forthcoming exhibition Marnie Weber: The Truth Speakers, The Sea of Silence. This will be the gallery’s first solo s…
Image: Sherrie Levine
London  29 May - 29 July 2009

Sherrie Levine

29th May – 31 July 2009 “I consider myself a still-life artist, with the bookplate as my subject. I want to make pictures that maintain their reference …
Image: Claudio Parmiggiani
London  29 April - 22 May 2009

Claudio Parmiggiani

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present a new body of work by Italian conceptual artist Claudio Parmiggiani, one of the first exhibitions of his work in the U.K. During his time at the Istituto di Belle Arti di Modena (1958-1960), Parmiggiani frequented the studio of Giorgio Morandi, whose work was to have a profound impact on him. The spirit of Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni was also apparent early on in his manipulation and presentation of objects, for example the arrangement of a globe and a pickle jar containing a crumpled map in 1968. He has never allied himself with any particular group, but he shared with some of his contemporaries, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giulio Paolini, a progression from conceptual works, including installations, photo-works and books, towards a use of assemblage. In 1970, he exhibited his first ‘Delocazioni’, using powder, smoke and fire to make shadows and imprints on paper and board, combined with the subtle interplay of the architecture of the space created a sense of absence and uncertainty. The spirit of these early installations were to form the backbone of Parmiggiani’s practice.

Image: Merlin Carpenter
London  1 April 2009

Merlin Carpenter The Opening

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce Merlin Carpenter’s Intrinsic Value as its forthcoming exhibition. This marks the fifth show in a series where the artist…
Image: Jim Shaw
London  13 February - 13 March 2009

Jim Shaw The Whole: A Study In Oist Integrated Movement

13 February – 28 March 2009 Simon Lee Gallery is proud to announce its forthcoming exhibition of new work by the LA-based artist Jim Shaw. His layered practic…
Image: Hans-Peter Feldmann
London  27 November 2008 - 27 January 2009

Hans-Peter Feldmann Art Exhibition

Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present its first solo exhibition of the German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. His measured and witty method of assembling found objects and imagery from everyday life has extended artistic communication beyond the traditional practice. Since the 1970’s he has played an influential role for many of his peers and has been a prominent figure for a younger generation.

Image: Toby Ziegler
London  15 October - 23 November 2008

Toby Ziegler The Liberals

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present its second solo show by British artist Toby Ziegler. The artist's work confronts art historical models in a digital age, and re…
Image: John M Armleder
London  25 June - 29 August 2008

John M Armleder Scrambled & Poached

25 JUNE - 29 AUGUST 2008 John M Armleder has played a vital role in shaping postmodern European and international art practice over the last 40 years. As a co-found…
Image: Larry Clark
London  3 February - 3 March 2008

Larry Clark Los Angeles 2003 - 2006

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition of new photographs by the renowned American photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark. Los Angeles …
Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto
London  23 November 2007 - 26 January 2008

Michelangelo Pistoletto

23 November 2007 - 26 January 2008 Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of recent works by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Pistoletto is one of Arte Povera&…
Image: Bernard Frize
London  10 October - 10 November 2007

Bernard Frize Longues Lignes (souvent Fermé)

Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present new works by the celebrated French artist Bernard Frize. It was in the mid 1970’s, at a time when the medium of painting…
Image: Sherrie Levine
London  20 June - 20 August 2007

Sherrie Levine

20 June – 17 August 2007 Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of selected works by Sherrie Levine. The exhibition is a survey of some of Le…
Image: George Condo
London  7 February - 21 April 2007

George Condo

07 February - 21 April 2007 Following a controversial reception of the Dreams and Nightmare of the Queen, currently on display in the Wrong Gallery at Tate Modern, …
Image: Christopher Wool
London  11 October - 22 December 2006

Christopher Wool

11 October - 22 December 2006 Simon Lee proudly presents new paintings and works on paper by Christopher Wool. Christopher Wool has punctuated the art world with w…
Image: Toby Ziegler
London  7 September - 4 October 2006

Toby Ziegler

Simon Lee is proud to present a solo exhibition of new works by Toby Ziegler; his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Ziegler's highly evolved, individualistic a…
Image: Larry Clark
London  8 December 2005 - 8 January 2006

Larry Clark

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 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: George Condo
London  12 October - 14 November 2004

George Condo Religious Paintings - London

Condo’s new series of paintings investigate the collision of public and private values in a world where we have been led astray. Taking as his objects of scrut…
Image: Alighiero E Boetti
London  4 September - 4 October 2003

Alighiero E Boetti Early Works - London

Simon Lee is pleased to present an exhibition of early works by Alighiero e Boetti. Pasquale Leccese has selected sixteen works that highlight the development of the…
Image: Donald Judd
London  25 February - 25 May 2003

Donald Judd

The new gallery will open with an exhibition of work by the late Donald Judd, one of the foremost and acclaimed practioners of Minimal art of the late 1960s and 1970…