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Continuing the gallery’s commitment to the Asia Pacific region, Lisson Gallery’s programme this Autumn spans activity at West Bund Art & Design fair and off-site, with the unveiling of new works by a number of gallery artists across Shanghai.
Highlights at West Bund Art & Design fair this year include a new Time Waterfall work by Tatsuo Miyajima at the Lisson Gallery booth, alongside a major off-site project at Columbia Circle to coincide with the fair; a selection of new stainless steel works by Anish Kapoor, presented for the first time by Lisson Gallery and marking their premier in Asia; a selection of panel pieces and films by Julian Opie; alongside work by Christopher Le Brun, Channa Horwitz, Shirazeh Houshiary, Jason Martin, Laure Prouvost, Pedro Reyes and Jorinde Voigt.
A new poetic and mesmerising work by the renowned Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima will greet visitors at the fair. Time Waterfall-panel #12 (2018) displays a continuous flow of falling, randomly generated numbers that confronts viewers with the experience of the passing of time and the constant flux of life, encouraging us all to 'Keep changing. Connect with everything. Continue forever.' A similar work, Time Waterfall – panel #8 (Blue) (2018), was recently unveiled at the British Museum’s newly refurbished Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries in London. Miyajima will open his largest solo exhibition in Asia to date at the new Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum in Spring 2019.
Off-site, Lisson Gallery and Miyajima will present a new project as part of the Art Review Asia Xiàn Chǎng project at the fair. Designed specifically for the historic site of Columbia Circle, the work entitled Count Down Dialogue (2018), consists of 27 neon digits, each fixed to one of the pillars around the pool area. Reflecting into the water, the numbers–from 9 to 1 in green, pink and blue neon–switch on and off while counting down.
Back at the fair, new works by Anish Kapoor will be a highlight of the Lisson Gallery booth, premiering this new body of work in Asia. This new Namibia series (2018) sees the artist working with stainless steel, offering a lens for seeing the universe as it really is, where light is warped on its way through space and our intuition is turned inside out. Kapoor will also be significantly represented in the Minimalism: Space Light Object at the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, opening 16 November.
The booth will also present new work by the 2013 Turner-Prize winner, Laure Prouvost, ahead of her presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale representing France. Prouvost will present a new large-scale tapestry, combining imagery symbolic of her practice.
The work of Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, will also be presented at the booth with Clime (2014), a glowing, scintillating abstraction. This marks the first time Le Brun’s works have been presented by Lisson Gallery in Mainland China.
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes will present a new figurative volcanic stone sculpture, Encounter (2018) at the fair, presented for the first time at his exhibition in March 2018 at Lisson Gallery. Continuing his exploration into the history of sculpture, this work presents two perfectly-bonded hands, alluding to the artist’s aspirations for societal harmony.
The instantly recognisable work of Julian Opie will be showcased at the booth, including the panel work, Shoulder Bag (2018). This work is from a recent series that will also go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne from 8 November, as part of a new solo exhibition. The Fosun Foundation will also unveil their Opie commission on 6 November.
About Lisson Gallery
Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Today the gallery supports and develops over 50 international artists across two exhibition spaces in London and two in New York. Established in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail, Lisson Gallery pioneered the early careers of important Minimal and Conceptual artists, such as Art & Language, Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long and Robert Ryman among many others. In its second decade the gallery introduced significant British sculptors, including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Anish Kapoor, Shirazeh Houshiary and Julian Opie, to the public for the first time. In addition to a number of renowned artist estates, including Roy Colmer, the Leon Polk Smith Foundation and the John Latham Foundation, the gallery represents leading international artists such as Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, John Akomfrah, Susan Hiller, Lee Ufan, Liu Xiaodong and Tatsuo Miyajima. It is also responsible for raising the international profile of a younger generation of artists led by Cory Arcangel, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ryan Gander, Haroon Mirza, Laure Prouvost, Pedro Reyes and Wael Shawky.
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