Exhibitions

Past
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…