Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce its inaugural presentation for the Taipei Dangdai art fair (Booth E10). The gallery with locations in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul will present new and historic works by Kader Attia, Hernan Bas, McArthur Binion, Heidi Bucher, Alex Prager, Angel Otero, Tony Oursler, Lee Bul, Do Ho Suh, David Salle, Suh Se Ok, Nari Ward, and Erwin Wurm. The gallery’s roster of international artists exemplifies its commitment to artists who are pushing the boundaries of their chosen mediums.
French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, celebrated for his nuanced exploration of the repercussions and collective trauma, both psychological and physical, of colonialism around the world, will present new sculptural work. In 2017, Attia was awarded the prestigious Joan Miró Prize for his practice deeply rooted in anthropology, history, and politics. Central to his work is the notion of repair, and how societies address violent or repressive histories in order to heal, as exemplified in his recent solo exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Scars remind us that our past is real. The recent Gwangju Biennale in South Korea prominently features two large commissions by Attia, and his work is presently included in the Shanghai Biennale as well.
American-artist McArthur Binion, featured in the last edition of the Venice Biennale, will present recent paintings. Over 40 years, Binion has developed a rigorous style that combines collage, drawing, and painting to create autobiographical abstractions, inserting personal references and ephemera into his signature grid format. This complex and laborious method of painting makes his a singular vision from the later half of the 20th century. Binion, an alumnus of the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, currently has solo exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and his first exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York will commence in January 2019.
Korean-artist Lee Bul, whom recently closed her critically acclaimed career retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London that went on to Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin through January 2019, will present new multi media works. In her most recent series, Lee Bul combines organic and architectural elements. Using specialized paint that contains fragments of mother of pearl, a living organism itself, Lee Bul roots her otherworldly visions within biology. These natural elements are collaged with Retrofuturistic imagery, exposing the inseparable nature of biotechnology and the augmented human body, as well as the human desire to transcend intellectual, physical, and spiritual limitations.
The gallery will also present mixed media works from the estate of Heidi Bucher, who received critical acclaim for her retrospective at Parasol unit in London this year, and will have her inaugural exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in New York in April 2019. Bucher’s latex on canvas works, molded from familiar domestic spaces like her home and studio, offer poetic visualization of the complex relationship between humans and the spaces they inhabit. Bucher’s work is interestingly aligned with Do Ho Suh, a longtime artist in the Lehmann Maupin program, who is also included in the fair.
Do Ho Suh, born in Korea, but now based in London, will show new fabric-based works informed by architecture. Suh is an artist whom can legitimately claim status as a “global citizen,” using this perspective to comment on ideas and issues related to mobility, identity, and displacement. Recently, a monumental sculptural installation depicting a traditional Korean house that appears to have fallen from the sky was commissioned and unveiled in London, and the artist won critical acclaim for his installation commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London and presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year. This summer, Suh had concurrent exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and Towada Art Center, Japan.
Angel Otero, has completed a new painting for the fair, rendered in his unique style of painting using painted fragments, collaged together. Otero begins each painting by reproducing varied reference images in thick oil paint on a large plate of glass. Once nearly dry, the artist scrapes a skin of paint from the glass surface, allowing chance to play a role in abstracting the images through the process of removal. Through his experimental techniques and physically engaging processes, Otero pushes the boundaries of his materials, drawing much of his inspiration from the inherent qualities of oil paint.
Together, these and the other artists included in Lehmann Maupin’s inaugural presentation at Art Taipei Dangdai will showcase the diverse, and internationally relevant artists represented by the gallery, whose work is shaping contemporary culture today.