Gary Simmons: This has to be the place
Hauser & Wirth London
May 26 – July 29, 2023
23 Savile Row
London W1S 2ET
Gary Simmons is known for using icons and stereotypes of popular culture to create works that deal with personal and collective experiences of race and class. For the first exhibition of the artist with Hauser and Wirth in London Simmons will present a selection of brand new paintings and sculptures. In these new works, Simmons continues to use image erasure as a powerful and recurring theme, a formal and aesthetic breakthrough technique that has informed much of his work and has deep cultural significance.
Used as a form of action painting, Simmons wipes the surface of his work while the paint is still wet to blur the image so that it simultaneously appears and disappears. Tropes of erasure and ephemerality suggest the fleeting nature of memory and rewritten histories, especially in relation to the politics of race. The first comprehensive study of Simmons’ work,Gary Simmons: Public Enemy,will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from June 13 to October 1, 2023, and will be the most in-depth presentation of Simmons’ work to date, spanning thirty years of the artist’s career.
©2023 Gary Simmons, Hauser & Wirth
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