Established in Mayfair, London in 2002, Simon Lee Gallery is committed to representing artists of diverse generations whose practices range from sculpture and painting to video and photography and who share a broad interest in an exploration of the conceptual.Read More
With a primary location at 12 Berkeley Street, London, the gallery opened its first outpost in Hong Kong in 2012, followed by a New York location two years later. The three spaces operate on an independent programme, showcasing works by both gallery artists and others outside the roster.
Simon Lee Gallery represents an international range of estates and emerging and established artists, many of whom share an interest in exploring the conceptual. As the gallery founder Simon Lee said in a 2014 interview with Ocula Magazine: ‘Whether it is painting, sculpture, video or photography— there is an over-arching conceptual approach. But we represent figurative painters and abstract painters, and artists who have very diverse practices. … I think that rigor and quality is what defines the artists that are part of this gallery.’
Among the senior artists are Christopher Wool, who is renowned for his text-based works and abstract paintings; George Condo, whose paintings feature characteristically distorted figures; Yun Hyong-keun, a leading Dansaekhwa artist who used a colour palette of primarily umber and ultramarine to create his architectural paintings; and Keiji Uematsu, a conceptual artist associated with the Japanese Mono-ha movement.
A younger generation of artists represented by the gallery include Glaswegian painter, France-Lise McGurn, whose atmospheric, figurative practice delivers a wholly immersive experience, launching the viewer into a three-dimensional world of the intimate and relatable. Bolivian – American, Donna Huanca whose interdisciplinary practice evolves across painting, sculpture, performance, choreography, video and sound; Mai-Thu Perret, a Swiss artist known for engaging with literature and feminist discourses in her wide-ranging works encompassing installation, ceramic, and textile; England-born and New York-based Hugh Scott-Douglas, who explores diverse printing technologies, from the analogue to the digital; and American born Eric N. Mack, who’s work grapples with the schism that exists between fashion and art through the use of accumulated, found and sourced materials.
Following the inaugural exhibition of its current London space in 2003—a selection of works by Donald Judd from the 1960s through to the 1980s— the gallery has gained a reputation for providing a significant international audience for its artists, the gallery also regularly punctuates its programme with historical exhibitions and curated group shows, which present shifts in contemporary art practice and thought, whilst broadening the dialogue with artists outside of the gallery’s core programme.
The gallery is a regular fixture in international art fairs. It regularly participates in all three Art Basel; fairs, Hong Kong, Basel and Miami, Frieze London, FIAC, Dallas Art Fair, Art021, West Bund and Taipei Dangdai, amongst others. In 2020 , for the first time, the gallery will present works at The Armoury Show in New York.
Exhibition view: Mai-Thu Perret, Flowers in the Eye, Simon Lee Gallery, New York (15 September–17 October 2020). Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.
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