Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...
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David Zwirner is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong for a seventh consecutive year. This year's booth will feature four new works by artist Carol Bove, who will be present at the fair with the gallery. Bove's attendance at David Zwirner's booth follows those of Jeff Koons (2018), Luc Tuymans (2017), Michaël Borremans (2016), and Neo Rauch (2015).
Carol Bove (b. 1971, Geneva, Switzerland) is known for her large-scale painted-steel sculptures that incorporate a variety of techniques and processes. Her resultant works are characterised by distinct, smooth surfaces or intricate folds that belie their material construction. Ranging from multiple welded pieces to single units, Bove's multifaceted sculptures push forward and explore steel's formal and poetic possibilities. As the artist notes, 'One of the things I experience with steel is that it's very expressive, but it's not emotional. There are all these kinds of feelings that it can express without necessarily being about emotions like angst or happiness or joy; I think they're about the urgency of survival, or the power of illusion.'
The four new works presented at David Zwirner's booth highlight Bove's playful and incisive engagement with materiality and form. The artist has specifically designed the front half of the booth with an emphasis on shifting scales, creating dynamic relationships between the sculptures through their placement—facilitating the way the works are perceived by the viewer. As the artist notes, 'The ability to understand your space and body is through your eyes.' Characterised by compositions of various types of steel, these 'collage sculptures,' an ongoing body of work begun in 2016, are assemblages that combine theoretical and art-historical influences across time periods and disciplines, much like the Chicago Imagists of the 1960s, whose collagist aesthetic combined disparate styles and techniques. To create these works, the artist combined stainless-steel tubing that has been crushed and shaped at the studio, with highly polished black disks. One particular work, The Golden Game, marks the first time the artist has used multiple disks in a single work. Luminous colour is applied to the crushed element of the composition, transforming the steel—a material commonly associated with inflexibility and heft—into something that appears malleable and lightweight, like clay, fabric, or crinkled paper.
Following Bove's presentation at ABHK, the artist will have her first solo exhibition in Asia at David Zwirner Hong Kong in fall 2019. Her work will also be included in the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff.
Additional artists to be presented at David Zwirner's booth include Josef Albers, Francis Alÿs, Harold Ancart, Michaël Borremans, Marlene Dumas, Liu Ye, Kerry James Marshall, Giorgio Morandi, Oscar Murillo, Alice Neel, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Josh Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, Franz West, Jordan Wolfson, Rose Wylie, and Lisa Yuskavage.
In January 2018, David Zwirner opened its first Hong Kong gallery with the inaugural exhibition Michaël Borremans: Fire from the Sun, featuring new works by the Belgian painter. With interiors by New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf, the new gallery consists of ten thousand square feet on two floors of H Queen's, located in the city's Central district. David Zwirner Hong Kong will present new works by German artist Neo Rauch, in an exhibition opening March 26, 2019.
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