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Wael Shawky's 'Drama, 1882' is now open at the Egyptian Pavilion at La Biennale di VeneziaShawky's commission presents a...
04/17/2024

Wael Shawky's 'Drama, 1882' is now open at the Egyptian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

Shawky's commission presents a filmed rendition of an original musical play – directed, choreographed, and composed by the artist – around Egypt’s nationalist Urabi revolution against imperial influence (1879-82). The year 1882 was when this revolt was crushed by the British, who then went on to occupy Egypt until 1956.

In part inspired by the Biennale Arte 2024 theme 'Foreigners Everywhere', Shawky said: "There was a revolt led by the Egyptian Colonel Ahmed Urabi and his army against the Egyptian monarch, calling him a traitor because he fell prey to the British and French. The interesting thing about this discourse is the idea of the foreigners – what does it mean to be ‘foreigners’? Who were they? They were the occupiers – it was not the idea of immigrants that we have today."

Sung in classical Arabic by professional performers, the work marks a departure for Shawky, who often insists on 'erasing' drama from his films by working with puppets, marionettes, or children. The film is accompanied by vitrines, sculpture, paintings, drawings and a mirror relief made in Murano https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/nSicTE

Wael Shawky, 'Drama, 1882' was commissioned by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for the Egyptian Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Images © Wael Shawky. Courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Lia Rumma, and Barakat Contemporary

Today in Venice, the British Council unveils John Akomfrah's commission for the British Pavilion at the 60th Internation...
04/16/2024

Today in Venice, the British Council unveils John Akomfrah's commission for the British Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Akomfrah’s most ambitious commission to date, Listening All Night To The Rain, explores post-colonialism, environmental devastation and the politics of aesthetics. The work draws its title from 11th century Chinese writer and artist Su Dongpo’s poetry, which explores the transitory nature of life during a period of political exile.

Organised into a series of song-like movements or ‘cantos’, the exhibition, curated by Tarini Malik, brings together eight interlocking and overlapping multimedia and sound installations into a single and immersive environment that tell stories of migrant diasporas in Britain. The exhibition is the result of decades of extensive research by the artist and his team, using historical records to contextualise our experience of the present day.

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Portrait of John Akomfrah by Jack Hems, courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and British Council

Tune in on 25 April for an online in-conversation event with artists Varda Caivano, Dexter Dalwood, Pam Evelyn and Elino...
04/15/2024

Tune in on 25 April for an online in-conversation event with artists Varda Caivano, Dexter Dalwood, Pam Evelyn and Elinor Stanley, moderated by writer and Associate Editor of Art Monthly, Chris McCormack.

The artists will discuss their work in group show 'Accordion Fields', on view through 4 May at Lisson Gallery London, as well as their wider practices.

Thursday 25 April, 5pm BST via Zoom.

Register and find more info here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/lFpPul

04/12/2024

Watch the recording of this special in conversation event between artists Sarah Cunningham, Andrew Pierre Hart and Tim Stoner, moderated by art critic and writer, Hettie Judah.

The artists discuss their works in Lisson Gallery's group exhibition 'Accordion Fields', as well as the importance of landscape, sound and light in their painting practices.

In this clip, Andrew Pierre Hart discusses how he explores the symbiotic relationship between sound and painting. The artist calls the twilit, nebulous territory he populates with musicians and performers ‘Roho’, and considers this speculative cosmos a remedy for a damaged world.

Accordion Fields is on view until 4 May at Lisson Gallery London.

Watch here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/Mvn7XT

Film by Jon Lowe.

04/10/2024

From national pavilion commissions by John Akomfrah and Wael Shawky and Carmen Herrera and Olga de Amaral in the main Biennale di Venezia exhibition, to major solo and group exhibitions with artists including Yu Hong, Laure Prouvost and Hiroshi Sugimoto...

Find Lisson Gallery's complete guide to our artists' activity in Venice here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/yd6JV5

Last chance to see 'Sean Scully: Wall of Light Land' and 'Cheyney Thompson: Intervals' at Lisson Gallery Beijing, closin...
04/10/2024

Last chance to see 'Sean Scully: Wall of Light Land' and 'Cheyney Thompson: Intervals' at Lisson Gallery Beijing, closing Saturday 13 April.

Scully's exhibition builds upon recent bodies of work, including his Wall of Light and Landline painting series, while also featuring two recent small-scale sculptural works made from rough-hewn stone blocks.

Thompson's first show in mainland China presents a selection of paintings from seven different bodies of work, all of which were produced in past year and scaled specifically to the proportions of the gallery.

Find out more here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/lzhNsC

Just a few days left to catch Elaine Cameron-Weir's inaugural Lisson Gallery exhibition, 'A WAY OF LIFE', closing this S...
04/10/2024

Just a few days left to catch Elaine Cameron-Weir's inaugural Lisson Gallery exhibition, 'A WAY OF LIFE', closing this Saturday at 508 West 24th Street, New York.

Through works using materials such as stainless steel, iron, varnish, soot and leather, the show explores themes around the concept of end-times, as seen through personal mortality and revelation as well as the larger theater of historical change.

Plan your visit here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/gH8krS

04/06/2024

"'Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper' features fifteen acrylic-on-paper compositions from 2018–22, all untitled, and most never-before shown. Making their public debut are some of the last works she produced. Like Mark Rothko’s paintings on paper, the subject of a traveling survey recently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Herrera’s are not studies for canvases. They are wholly realized compositions, complete visual statements unto themselves...

"One particularly striking example from 2012 is a bifurcated image with two narrow, tar-black, horizontal bands disrupting a blaring white plane on either side of the composition. The dark bands traverse the field toward the center in equal measure, but do not quite align. A visual tension arises in the area where the bands nearly touch, and activates the otherwise austere composition."

– David Ebony reviews 'Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper' for The Brooklyn Rail.

The exhibition continues for one more week at Lisson New York https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/eTplEo

Minneapolis Institute of Arts has announced the largest solo exhibition in North America to date by Anish Kapoor, openin...
04/02/2024

Minneapolis Institute of Arts has announced the largest solo exhibition in North America to date by Anish Kapoor, opening this September.

'Anish Kapoor: Reverie and Rupture' will feature more than 40 works from the 1970s to the present, surveying the material and philosophical strategies that have inspired Kapoor as he has expanded the territory of global abstraction and transported viewers to the limits of personal perception.

Find out more https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/A1vp4a

Shown here: Anish Kapoor, At the Edge of the World II, 1998, Fibreglass, pigment, 3 x 8 x 8m , Dimensions variable. Photography by Jack Hems © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved DACS/ARS, 2024

03/28/2024

Watch now: the artists in 'Accordion Fields' discuss their works in the exhibition, which continues in London through 4 May.

Hear Varda Caivano, Sarah Cunningham, Dexter Dalwood, Andrew Pierre Hart, Elinor Stanley and Tim Stoner talk more about their painting practices and their works included in this show, which brings together eight cross-generational painters who initially cultivated their artistic talent in London.

Explore here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/rSy6Jm

Our London galleries will close for the Easter holiday at 6pm on Thursday 28 March, reopening with our regular hours on Tuesday 2 April.

03/25/2024

Online now: your Art Basel Hong Kong preview

Lisson Gallery is delighted to return to Art Basel Hong Kong with a presentation highlighting new and historical work by a range of its artists, including Olga de Amaral, Christopher Le Brun, Ryan Gander, Rodney Graham, Carmen Herrera, Anish Kapoor, Li Ran, Liu Xiaodong, Otobong Nkanga, Julian Opie, Yu Hong, Zhao Gang and more.

Find us at booth 1C19 from Thursday, and explore your preview here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/3vwDcA

The Asian Art Initiative of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, has announced further details of the first major exhibition...
03/21/2024

The Asian Art Initiative of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, has announced further details of the first major exhibition in Europe of contemporary artist Yu Hong.

Opening in Venice on 20 April, 'Yu Hong: Another One Bites the Dust' will feature new figurative and narrative paintings that respond to the architectural and cultural context of the Chiesetta della Misericordia, a deconsecrated Romanesque-Byzantine church founded by Augustinian friars in the tenth century. Conditioned by this architectural site, the works in the exhibition upend the epic themes of sacred art while embracing painting’s capacity to portray the human condition—the sorrows, absurdities, and transcendence of bodily existence.

In addition to further details on the works to be shown, the Asian Art Initiative has announced details of a specially commissioned immersive soundscape by American composer Nico Muhly which will accompany the exhibition, as well as a public events programme and catalogue.

Explore the show further here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/RH5Jhc

Shown here: 1- Yu Hong, Make a Wish, 2023 Acrylic on canvas, 340 x 140 cm © Yu Hong, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Laure Prouvost's first major exhibition in Australia, 'Oui Move In You', opens at ACCA Melbourne this Saturday.Continuin...
03/21/2024

Laure Prouvost's first major exhibition in Australia, 'Oui Move In You', opens at ACCA Melbourne this Saturday.

Continuing the ACCA International series of solo exhibitions by influential artists on the international stage, Prouvost's show encompasses new commissions and a survey of existing work over the past decade, transforming the Centre's unique architecture into a labyrinthine and other-worldly environment.

Acknowledging the radical, experimental, and pathfinding figures who came before her, 'Oui Move In You' conceptually explores the roles and legacies of grandmother and grandfather, the maternal spaces of mother and child, and contemporary social spaces in which humans commune with the natural world.

Join Prouvost for a Floor Talk of the show with its curators, Max Delany and Annika Kristensen, on Saturday 23 March, 3–4pm.

Find out more https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/dYzsz9

Shown here: Laure Prouvost, Above Front Tears Oui Float, 2022, installation view, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. Courtesy the artist, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels; carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Madrid; Lisson Gallery, London, New York and Shanghai. Photograph: Annar Bjørgli

"The guy is old school—a rockabilly fan perhaps by his clothing... Driving around Vancouver I have seen many characters ...
03/19/2024

"The guy is old school—a rockabilly fan perhaps by his clothing... Driving around Vancouver I have seen many characters like this idling on balconies. The building is of a type quite specific to Vancouver – it is what is called a ‘Vancouver Special’ – a sturdy and cheap modernist house of between one to three bedrooms, built in Vancouver and the suburbs from the Sixties to the Eighties. I modelled my set on a pristine example.”

– Rodney Graham, 2018.

Last chance to catch 'Rodney Graham: Paintings and Lightboxes' at Lisson Gallery Los Angeles, closing this Saturday. The gallery's first exhibition of work by the artist since his passing in late 2022 looks specifically at some of the paintings and lightboxes he was working on in the last years of his life that reference a plethora of Graham’s wider interests including filmmaking, literature, music, comedy and art history.

Plan your visit https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/exYUcE

From 23 March, UCCA Beijing Great Hall will host the solo exhibition 'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine', surveying Sugimot...
03/15/2024

From 23 March, UCCA Beijing Great Hall will host the solo exhibition 'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine', surveying Sugimoto’s works from 1974 to the present.

The exhibition highlights the artist’s philosophical yet playful inquiry into our understanding of time and memory, and the ambiguous character of photography as a medium suited to both documentation and invention. Whilst best known as a photographer, Sugimoto has recently added architecture and sculpture to his multidisciplinary practice and has been the art director and producer of several theatre and stage performances.

Find out more https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/W0nK3B

Shown here: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lightning Fields Composed, 012, 2009, Gelatin-silver print, 58.1 x 280 cm, 22 7/8 x 110 1/4 in © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy Lisson Gallery

03/14/2024

Watch now: Elaine Cameron-Weir walks us through her current New York exhibition, 'A WAY OF LIFE'.

In her first Lisson Gallery show, Cameron-Weir explores themes around tradition and subculture, conformity and self-definition, repeatable gesture and singular occurrence. In this walkthrough, the artist expands on the exhibition's central subjects including the concept of end-times, her use of the 'threshold', and questions around the commodification of rebelliousness or individuality.

Watch in full https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/u01gG1

Film by Oresti Tsonopoulos.

“As I build these surfaces, I create spaces of meditation, contemplation and reflection.”Olga de Amaral’s 1985 'Riscos e...
03/14/2024

“As I build these surfaces, I create spaces of meditation, contemplation and reflection.”

Olga de Amaral’s 1985 'Riscos en Sombra' is currently on view in ‘Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bringing together two extraordinary bodies of work separated by at least 500 years, the exhibition explores the striking connections between artists of the ancient Andes and those of the 20th century.

Amaral’s work is displayed alongside textiles by three other distinguished modern practitioners — Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney — alongside pieces by Andean artists from the first millennium BCE to the 16th century. Each of the four modern artists developed innovative approaches to an ancient medium through deep study of Andean techniques. Shown together, these ancient and modern weavings reposition the place of textiles in global art history.

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Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Hyla Skopitz.

03/12/2024

Event: Join us on 20 March in London for a special in conversation event with artists Sarah Cunningham, Andrew Pierre Hart and Tim Stoner, moderated by art critic and writer Hettie Judah.

The artists' work is currently on view in 'Accordion Fields' – a group exhibition at Lisson Gallery of cross-generational painters who initially cultivated their artistic talent in London, studying at one of the city’s prominent arts schools and often in direct dialogue with one another.

🗓️ 20 March from 6pm. RSVP and explore the show here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/iy5Epj

Now open in New York: Elaine Cameron-Weir, 'A WAY OF LIFE'. The exhibition features floor-based and suspended sculptures...
03/08/2024

Now open in New York: Elaine Cameron-Weir, 'A WAY OF LIFE'. The exhibition features floor-based and suspended sculptures, as well as wall-hung objects, that explore themes around tradition and subculture, conformity and self-definition, repeatable gesture and singular occurrence. Among the central subjects of the exhibition is the concept of end-times, as seen through personal mortality and revelation as well as the larger theater of historical change.

What, if anything, might be held up for worship here is not entirely clear, but the show’s title, 'A WAY OF LIFE', infers that these objects carry with them evidence of work, leisure and purpose- ways to spend time, and quantify or judge a life.

On view until 13 April 2024 https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/aJokro

'Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper' opens today in New York, featuring a selection of works all made within the last te...
03/07/2024

'Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper' opens today in New York, featuring a selection of works all made within the last ten years of her life.

This selection of works speak to another ongoing preoccupation in Herrera’s oeuvre: the persistent tension between symmetry and asymmetry as two distinct modes of her geometric abstraction. While some achieve perfectly balanced, stable arrangements, others convey a dynamic sense of movement and imbalance with sharp zigzags and wedges, oblique slants or rectilinear forms placed askew.

On view until 13 April 2024

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Now open in Shanghai: Allora & Calzadilla’s debut solo show in China sees the Puerto Rico-based artists explore the noti...
03/06/2024

Now open in Shanghai: Allora & Calzadilla’s debut solo show in China sees the Puerto Rico-based artists explore the notion of Gǎnyìng or “sympathetic resonance” – a concept originating in ancient Chinese cosmology also used in contemporary language to signal the everyday entanglement of forces and beings.

The artists employ this notion of universal and temporal reverberation to connect significant historical moments with current global and climate crises, amounting to an intersection of philosophy, history, and ecology, held together formally in graceful and paradoxical balance.

The Aeolian Charts series of watercolor works on paper consider the poetic potential inherent in climate modelling and the visualization of global, atmospheric phenomena. Each Chart plots the path of shifting wind movements using methods normally applied to predictive weather forecasting, though with the textual and numerical data replaced here with noteworthy world events from maritime and climatological history in distant time periods and territories. These works are tied together by the artists’ 2020 work Penumbra, a digital shadow animation that recreates the effect of light passing through foliage in the Absalon Valley of Martinique. Projected in the gallery at an angle based on a continuous, real-time simulation of the sun’s location over Shanghai, the animation is complemented by a musical composition by the Grammy-award-winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang.

On view through 13 April https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/FoIGAR

Now open: find us at booth A3 at Frieze Los Angeles through Sunday, where our presentation highlights new and historic w...
02/29/2024

Now open: find us at booth A3 at Frieze Los Angeles through Sunday, where our presentation highlights new and historic work by artists including Olga de Amaral, Kelly Akashi, Sarah Cunningham, Dexter Dalwood, Rodney Graham, Van Hanos, Carmen Herrera, Anish Kapoor, Pedro Reyes, Hiroshi Sugimoto and more.

Explore our presentation here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/ra0ggy

'Accordion Fields' is now open across both of our spaces in London, presenting work by eight cross-generational artists....
02/26/2024

'Accordion Fields' is now open across both of our spaces in London, presenting work by eight cross-generational artists.

Across a thirty-year span, the artists have witnessed a multiplicity of socio-political shifts, including London’s evolving relationship with the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, and an evolution in the position of British painting on a global stage. With works in the show spanning densely layered landscapes to compressed portraits and composite re-imaginings of past events, the participating artists together produce a symphony of painterly styles, exploring the indeterminate, liminal and multi-dimensional notions of space.

With artists Varda Caivano, Sarah Cunningham, Dexter Dalwood, Pam Evelyn, Andrew Pierre Hart, Elinor Stanley, Tim Stoner & Joseph Yaeger

Plan your visit here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/RI4cme

Next up in New York: Elaine Cameron-Weir's first exhibition with Lisson Gallery, 'A WAY OF LIFE', features floor-based a...
02/26/2024

Next up in New York: Elaine Cameron-Weir's first exhibition with Lisson Gallery, 'A WAY OF LIFE', features floor-based and suspended sculptures, as well as wall-hung objects, that explore themes around tradition and subculture, conformity and self-definition, repeatable gesture and singular occurrence.

Among the central motifs of Cameron-Weir's show are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the concept of end-times, as seen through personal mortality and revelation as well as the larger theater of historical change.

🗓️ Opening 7 March at 508 West 24th Street https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/3BdvBN

Shown here: Elaine Cameron-Weir, pupil of couture / 4horsemen hairshirt (SS 2024 apocalypse collection), 2023, stainless steel, horse leather trench coats, cow leather, studs, hardware, sand. Installed: 365.8 x 487.7 x 134.6 cm, Installed: 144 x 192 x 53 in © Elaine Cameron-Weir, courtesy Lisson Gallery

Opening next week in Shanghai: Allora & Calzadilla’s exhibition ‘Gānyìng’. For their debut solo show in China, the Puert...
02/16/2024

Opening next week in Shanghai: Allora & Calzadilla’s exhibition ‘Gānyìng’. For their debut solo show in China, the Puerto Rico-based artists explore the notion of Gānyìng or “sympathetic resonance” – a concept originating in ancient Chinese cosmology that is also used in contemporary language to signal the everyday entanglement of forces and beings.

Drawing upon wind and ocean currents throughout human and more-than-human history, the artists present Aeolian Charts (2023), a new series of watercolour works on paper which consider the poetic potential inherent in climate modelling and the visualisation of global, atmospheric phenomena.

On view from 23 February 2/F, 27 Huqiu Road, Shanghai.

Plan your visit https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/kW1P-d

Shown here: Allora & Calzadilla, Aeolian Chart, 2023, Watercolour on paper, 127.6 x 208.3 cm, 50 1/4 x 82 in © Allora & Calzadilla

Just two days left to see our New York exhibitions by Leon Polk Smith and Tony Bechara, closing Saturday 17 February.At ...
02/16/2024

Just two days left to see our New York exhibitions by Leon Polk Smith and Tony Bechara, closing Saturday 17 February.

At 504 West 24th Street, 'Leon Polk Smith: 1940–1961' traces Smith's work over these formative years that would define his approach to geometric abstraction, while at 508, Tony Bechara presents a suite of brand new acrylic paintings created using a method developed by the artist over the past five decades.

Plan your visit here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/-yW82H

Lisson Gallery is delighted to share further details and the title of John Akomfrah’s commission for the British Pavilio...
02/15/2024

Lisson Gallery is delighted to share further details and the title of John Akomfrah’s commission for the British Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2024, announced today by the British Council.

Titled 'Listening All Night To The Rain', Akomfrah’s commission continues his investigation into themes of memory, migration, racial injustice and climate change with a renewed focus on the act of listening and the sonic. The exhibition, conceived as a single installation with eight interlocking and overlapping multi-screen sound and time-based works, is seen as a manifesto that encourages the idea of listening as activism and positions various progressive theories of acoustemology: how new ways of becoming are rooted in different forms of listening.

Read more here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/rCMojU

Now at the Royal Academy of Arts, ‘Entangled Pasts, 1768–now’ brings together over 100 major contemporary and historic a...
02/12/2024

Now at the Royal Academy of Arts, ‘Entangled Pasts, 1768–now’ brings together over 100 major contemporary and historic artworks as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.

Among the works included is John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (2015) – a three-screen film installation that explores what Ralph Waldo Emerson called ‘the sublime seas’. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources and newly shot footage, Akomfrah’s piece focuses on the disorder and cruelty of the whaling industry and juxtaposes it with shots of African migrants crossing the ocean in search of a better life, but instead, facing brutality and death at the hands of those in authority.course for the future.

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Installation via of John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, 2015 in ‘Entangled Pasts, 1768–now’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London © Smoking Dogs Films, courtesy Royal Academy of Arts

02/08/2024

Up next in London: 'Accordion Fields' is a group exhibition of cross-generational painters, taking place across both of our London spaces.

The show's eight artists, whether born or based in the UK or internationally, initially cultivated their artistic talent in London, studying at one of the city’s prominent arts schools and often in direct dialogue with one another. Across a thirty-year span, they have witnessed a multiplicity of socio-political shifts, including London’s evolving relationship with the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, and an evolution in the position of British painting on a global stage.

With artists:
Varda Caivano
Sarah Cunningham
Dexter Dalwood
Pam Evelyn
Andrew Pierre Hart
Elinor Stanley
Tim Stoner
Joseph Yaeger

🗓️ Opening 22 February, 6–8pm.

Explore here https://lissongallery.visitlink.me/c6l6uR

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