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Ben Brown Fine Arts is thrilled to be returning to Art Cologne for the ninth consecutive year, with a curated show NOW.
We will present three new quilted Asafo flags by celebrated American multi-disciplinary artist Hank Willis Thomas. This presentation follows his inaugural exhibition, The Beautiful Game, in the London gallery. The function and aesthetic of Asafo flags, which have been made from the colonial period to today by the Fante people of Ghana, developed in relation to African contact with Europe starting in the 18th century.
We are proud to present a brand new monumental painting by American artist Ena Swansea, alongside others produced within the last year. These mesmerising oil, acrylic and graphite works have captivated London audiences throughout Swansea's first solo exhibition in our London gallery.
Yoan Capote will return to Art Cologne with Isla (after Géricault), an impressive fishhook painting, which we will exhibit alongside sculptures in wood and bronze.
Other sculptural work will include painted bronze sculptures by Gavin Turk. Turk pioneered a new British trompe l'oeil when he first began casting bronze sculptures that he then painted to look like ephemera or urban waste. While Butter Box, 2017, is an exquisitely detailed sculpture that resembles a Styrofoam box from Hong Kong's wet markets, Injuries also Occur in the Language, 2005, refers to Europe's pervasive football culture.
In advance of his upcoming solo exhibition in our Hong Kong gallery in May, Awol Erizku will present two new paintings from his Black Panther Coloring Book series alongside _HOW THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?, _2017, a silkscreened American flag with a black panther printed heavily across the stars and stripes. Requiring no translation, the work stems directly from what the artist describes as the current 'political turmoil' and the atmosphere of 'racism and bigotry' that he feels has aggressively resurfaced in the US.
Finally, we will present three new, unique ceramics sculptures by Gert and Uwe Tobias on which the artists have hand-painted surreal hybrid creatures and eerie flora, as well as a group of intricately detailed, uncanny portraits in mixed media on paper.