Lehmann Maupin is pleased to return to West Bund Art & Design for the 2019 edition (Booth A115). The gallery with locations in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul will present works by a diverse group of artists including McArthur Binion (United States); Heidi Bucher Estate (Switzerland); Lee Bul (South Korea); Mandy El-Sayegh (United Kingdom); Liza Lou (United States); Marilyn Minter (United States); Angel Otero (United States); Helen Pashgian (United States); Lari Pittman (United States); Do Ho Suh (Korea and United Kingdom); and Erwin Wurm (Austria).
Included in the presentation will be recent work by Light and Space artist Helen Pashgian. Working amidst the Light and Space artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s, Pashgian emerged as a key figure in advancing the techniques necessary to harness the art-making potential of industrial materials including plastics, epoxies, and resins. Though she has exhibited frequently in California, including a solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2014, at this stage in her career she is receiving wider recognition. Lehmann Maupin will open the artist’s first exhibitions in Asia, with a joint presentation of the artist’s work at the gallery’s locations in Hong Kong and Seoul, opening November 12 and 14, respectively. As famed Light and Space artist James Turrell summarized, “Helen Pashgian is a pioneer of the Los Angeles ‘Light and Space’ movement… [She] had the ironic stance of working in such a light drenched arena while maintaining the position of being an underground artist… [Her] efforts are now known.”
Recently on view at Lehmann Maupin Seoul, the gallery will also include one of Liza Lou’s newest works, Clear After Rain (2019). For decades, Lou has confronted the inherent challenges of working with beads, transforming the limitations of this nontraditional fine art material into an investigation of the potential of a single form. The culmination of a new era in her practice, this latest series represented at the fair can be classified as both painting and sculpture: a formal non-binary true to the nature of her materials and philosophical line of inquiry about the nature of an artistic practice. On November 22, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York will open Lou’s monumental Kitchen (1991-96) installation as part of the long-term collection exhibition, Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019, on view through 2021.
Additional works of note include paintings by Lari Pittman. The Los Angeles-based artist is renowned for his densely layered, richly patterned, and chaotically charged paintings, an idiosyncratic style developed during his time at Cal Arts where he learned to undermine aesthetic hierarchies and embrace the decorative and applied arts. Pittman’s paintings appear as an amalgamation of multiple perspectives and picture planes, overlaid with his personal codex of iconography that is equally brutal and banal. Presently, the artist is featured in a major retrospective at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence, on view through January 2020.