Since opening its doors in New York in 1996, Lehmann Maupin has thrived, becoming one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the world, with four locations—in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and a forthcoming space in London opening spring 2020. Led by gallerists Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin, the gallery seeks to provide radical and challenging exhibitions that have resulted in numerous first exhibitions for many international artists in New York and Asia.Read More
Lehmann Maupin represents artists and estates with distinctive practices, from Hernan Bas’ figurative paintings depicting androgynous young men to Tony Oursler’s experimental artworks incorporating video into sculptures and immersive installations.
In her interview with Ocula Magazine in 2013, Lehmann said that ‘the artist's message has to go beyond the group message.’ Converging interests among the gallery’s artists include an emphasis on personal narratives within the wider context of historical and contemporary conditions: take McArthur Binion’s abstracted grid tiles in oil stick, meticulously drawn over raw materials ranging from the artist’s personal documents to historical photographs of lynching, or Catherine Opie’s candid portraits of marginalised communities within contemporary America. Others interrogate the ever-shifting nature of identity, from Shirazeh Houshiary, who rose to prominence as a sculptor in Britain in the 1980s and has also gained a reputation for her monochromatic paintings that explore the ideas of the cosmos and the individual, to Do Ho Suh, who considers the notion of home as both a physical and immaterial entity through fabric reconstructions of his former homes in various cities.
Many of the artists represented by Lehmann Maupin respond to political, social, and economic currents of the contemporary world. In her collaged paintings, drawings, and installations, Mandy El-Sayegh draws from widely circulated materials such as newspapers and advertisements to capture the complex realities of humanity, while the artist duo Gilbert & George explores conditions of urban life—from sexuality and religion to racial tension and violence—in their performances, paintings, and installations.
Lehmann Maupin has introduced a number of significant international artists working today to the United States; Kader Attia, Lee Bul, Tracey Emin, Nicholas Hlobo, Do Ho Suh, and Adriana Varejão held their first solo presentations in New York or the United States through the gallery. The same is true of its outposts in Asia—bringing artists who are less known in the region to the local audiences—such as New York-based artist Nari Ward’s solo exhibition CORRECTIONAL at the gallery’s Seoul location in 2018.
Exhibition view: Robin Rhode & Nari Ward, Power Wall, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (3 April–18 June 2020). Courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Owen Wong.
As Hong Kong gradually opens up after months of lockdown, this lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions taking place throughout the summer.
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The Look of Meaning and a Look at Meaning: A Conversation Between Lari Pittman and Laura Hoptman Friday, March 6, 2020, 10–11 AM, Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24 th Street, New York
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On 29 August 2018, at the Asia Society in Hong Kong, artist Marilyn Minter gave an evening lecture. The artist was visiting the city on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong (30 August–27 October 2018), which took place at Lehmann Maupin's space in the Pedder Building. During the lecture, the artist introduced her recent paintings...
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