Umar Rashid, Lu Yang, and Acaye Kerunen's New Galleries
Galleries ramped up new signings in September, with artists joining Almine Rech, Jane Lombard, Perrotin, Victoria Miro, and more.
Portrait of Umar Rashid, 2022. Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Claudio Rocha.
Los Angeles-based artist Umar Rashid (also known as Frohawk Two Feathers, and in rap circles, Hi-Fidel) joined global gallery Almine Rech last week. Rashid is best known for figurative works on paper depicting the fictitious Frenglish Empire.
After completing a BA in Cinema and Photography at the Southern Illinois University of Carbondal in 2000, Rashid went on to develop a playful visual language rooted in art history (from Egyptian hieroglyphs to Persian miniatures) and story-telling.
Almine Rech, who now represents Rashid in Europe and China, will present his work at Paris+ and Art Basel Miami this year.
Rashid's solo show at MoMA PS1, Umar Rashid: Ancien Regime Change 4, 5, and 6, continues through 13 March 2023.
In another recent signing, New York's Jane Lombard Gallery announced U.S. representation of Lu Yang, showing the Shanghai-based artist's film DOKU - the Self (2022) in a solo booth at The Armory Show.
Since 2015, Lu Yang (sometimes stylised as LuYang) has explored themes of life, death, reincarnation, sexuality, spirituality, and imported sub-cultures through a non-binary digital avatar called Doku, who she described in an Ocula Converation as 'a real life reincarnation'.
Bernar Venet joined French mega-gallery Perrotin, adding to his representation by Waddington Custot in London. During the 1960s and 1970s, Venet became a pioneering figure of conceptual art. His monumental minimalist steel arcs now tower over outdoor spaces from Paris to Auckland.
Perrotin will present one of Venet's large-scale works at Paris+ next month, and host an exhibition of his work across its three Paris locations from March next year.
In a statement, Venet described the move as 'a crucial decision for me, opening a new chapter in my career full of dynamism, shared enthusiasm, risk-taking in my current projects, and confidence in my future work.'
Over the weekend, it was announced that Acaye Kerunen, who represented Uganda at this year's Venice Biennale, is now jointly represented by Pace, Blum & Poe, and Galerie Kandlhofer. She will debut with Blum & Poe at Art Basel Miami Beach in December, and with Pace at Frieze London next month.
Other artists finding new representation this month include Romanian-American painter Hedda Stern—once a member of the influential New York School–who is now represented by Victoria Miro in partnership with The Hedda Sterne Foundation; and fellow American painter Pat Steir who joined Hauser & Wirth.
Awol Erizku is now represented by Sean Kelly, Jacob Hashimoto by Miles McEnery, Gideon Appah by Pace, Hyun-Sook Song by Sprüth Magers, Christine Safa by Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Jane Dickson by Alison Jacques, Elaine Stocki by Night Gallery and Carlos Aires by Madrid's Sabrina Amrani.—[O]