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Art What!: Lehmann Maupin at Art Basel Hong Kong

LARI PITTMAN, Vanitas #3 (Semper), 2021. Cel-vinyl and lacquer spray over gessoed canvas on titanium and wood pane. 56 x 74 inches/142.2 x 188 cm.
© Lari Pittman Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo by Evan Bedford

HONG KONG – For Art Basel Hong Kong, Lehmann Maupin will present a selection of never-before-seen works by Lari Pittman, McArthur Binion, and Lee Bul, alongside signature works by Ashley Bickerton, Mary Corse, Shirazeh Houshiary, OSGEMEOS, Angel Otero, Tony Oursler, Helen Pashgian, Do Ho Suh, and Cecilia Vicuña.

Central to the gallery’s presentation are paintings and sculpture by celebrated South Korean artist Lee Bul, whose work was the subject of the recent solo exhibitions Lee Bul: Beginning at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, and Lee Bul: Utopia Saved at Manege Central Exhibition Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia. On view at the fair for the first time will be Study for Light Tower (2019), a stainless-steel sculpture from the artist’s celebrated Aubade series, which weaves historical narrative with utopian ideals and surreal, futuristic forms. Works from the Aubade series were prominently exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale, and most recently at the 2021 Gwangju Biennale.

In advance of a major exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York in September, the gallery will showcase a single painting from McArthur Binion’s newest series titled Modern:Ancient:Brown (2021). The work is a carefully-constructed grid composition, combining collage, drawing, and painting to create minimalist patterns over an “under conscious” of the artist’s personal documents and photographs—in this case the address book Binion kept from the 1970s to 1990s while living in New York. The painting borrows its title from the Modern Ancient Brown foundation, established in 2019 by Binion to support the intersection between the visual and literary arts in the Detroit community. Binion’s upcoming exhibition follows the recent publication of McArthur Binion: DNA (DelMonico Books, 2021), a monograph edited by Diana Nawi with contributions from Grace Deveney, Michael Stone Richards, and Franklin Sirmans.

The gallery will also present large-scale paintings from Lari Pittman’s newest body of work, which continues his investigation of history and humanity through the decorative arts and references traditional vanitas paintings from the early 17th century. Created in 2020 against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, works like Vanitas #3 (Semper) reflect on the meaning of everyday life by highlighting flowers and jewelry to communicate hope, rebirth, and new beginnings. Pittman’s decades-long career was the subject of the solo exhibition Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence, which debuted at the Hammer Museum in 2019 and will travel internationally this year.

Also on view will be two new paintings from Ashley Bickerton’s Flotsam series, which was the subject of his recent presentation at Lehmann Maupin New York. The series takes inspiration from both organic and human-made debris that has made its way into global waterways and washes up on beaches the world over. These works are meticulously constructed by overlaying ocean-born detritus over a painted textured base comprised of cardboard and discarded clothing on plywood. At their core, the Flotsam works are contemporary pictures of the global landscape today. Bickerton will have a solo exhibition at the gallery’s New York location in early 2022.

Lehmann Maupin will also exhibit new works by London-based Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary. In paintings such as Fission and Psyche (both 2019), Houshiary layers water, pigment, and line drawing over canvas in an intense method that often takes several months to complete. Through this process she creates a platform for water to express itself, allowing free and organic movement without control by the artist’s hand. In addition to her solo exhibition currently on view at Lehmann Maupin in New York, work by Houshiary is also included in Artists and the Rothko Chapel at The Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston.

Lehmann Maupin will be exhibiting at Art Basel Hong Kong, Booth 1D29 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, from 19th to 23rd May 2021. More information available on their website

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