Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Gary Hume: Small Paintings 1991-1997 as the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.
The exhibition is the first to focus on Gary Hume's small-scale works and will consist of 20 oil paintings ranging in size from 9 x 12 inches to 17 x 23 inches. Like the large glossy paintings for which the artist is best known, these works are all executed on panel, using enamels in subtle and unusual color combinations.
The paintings included in the exhibition were produced over the past seven years and have never been exhibited before. There are examples from his series of Door paintings which he first exhibited in Freeze, a group exhibition of young British artists curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Also included are a number of paintings with collaged figurative elements which can be seen as transitions between the earlier Door paintings and the figurative imagery he currently uses. The newest subjects include portraits, plants, flowers, disembodied eyes and tear drops.
Gary Hume's work has been widely exhibited internationally and was the subject of one-person museum exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, the ICA in London and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. He represented Great Britain in the 1996 Sao Paulo Biennale. Recent group exhibitions include Site Santa Fe 1997 and Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the Royal Academny of Arts in London. Gary Hume was awarded Great Britain's 1997 Jerwood Foundation Painting Prize and was short-listed for the Tate Gallery's 1996 Turner Prize.
Gary Hume: Small Paintings 1991-1997 will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through February 28th, 1998. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm.
For further information or photographs please contact Jeffrey Peabody at (212) 243-0200.