Highlights at Shanghai Art Fairs | West Bund Art & Design | ART021
WEST BUND 2018
8-11 NOVEMBER 2018
STAND A108 | SHANGHAI
At Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac's first booth at West Bund Shanghai highlights will include new works by Elizabeth Peyton, Lee Bul and Adrian Ghenie, alongside recent works by Robert Longo, Yan Pei-Ming, Antony Gormley and Tony Cragg.
Robert Longo's Untitled (Tiger Head 2), (2011) is a monumental charcoal drawing of a tiger's head, with its gaze intensely directed towards the viewer. It conveys an extreme sense of stillness, outside any spatial or temporal dimension. Longo was recently included in the travelling exhibition PROOF: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo, which opened at Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia in 2017, followed by The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany this year.
In Adrian Ghenie’s Favela (2018), just as in his other recent works from this series, wild creatures appear in opposition to the corrugated iron fence and yellow gas pipe that symbolise human presence and urbanisation. The artist's most recent body of work Jungles in Paris, its title inspired by Henri Rousseau, was exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais earlier this year.
9-11 NOVEMBER 2018
STAND C07 | SHANGHAI
For the sixth edition of Art021 Contemporary Art Fair in Shanghai, the gallery is featuring a solo presentation of recent portraits by Alex Katz. The artist's distinctive approach to the female figure, reduced to the essentials, has made him one of the most iconic American portrait painters of the 21st century, and amongst the widely exhibited artists of his generation.
Alex Katz began painting fashion models in the 1980s, often shown wearing designer clothing, as in his ongoing Black Dress series. CK 13 (2017) forms part of his recent paintings of Calvin Klein models in the brand's iconic underwear. As Katz describes, 'Fashion is of the moment, and art is supposed to be forever. Using fashion was a way to get to the present tense, because fashion exists in the present tense'.
Alex Katz's cutout sculpture of three female bathers titled 'Chance' exemplifies the artist's unique figurative language, characterised by crisply articulated figures, often dramatically cropped and reduced to the essentials. Katz is inspired by films and popular culture, his large-scale canvases and sculptures rendered in a high-impact style that reveals the influence of billboard advertising.
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