Go See – Berlin: Gary Hume at Sprueth Magers through August 21, 2010

July 24th, 2010

Gary Hume, Big Bird, 2009. All images courtesy of Sprueth Magers.

Gary Hume’s first solo exhibition in Berlin in over 15 years is currently on view at Sprueth Magers. The show consists of a selection of new works, including Big Bird (2010), a major large-scale six-panel painting, in addition to a group of six paintings, four sculptures and five works on paper. Painted in Hume’s trademark bright palate, the series of six paintings relate to his earlier American Tan series which explored cheerleaders as an emblem of American society. Elegantly simplistic in appearance, yet endlessly complex in its meaning, Hume’s imagery conveys a potent sense of discontinuity at the heart of representations of beauty.

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Gary Hume, The Spunk, 2009

Gary Hume, The Tumble, 2009

Gary Hume, The Bridge, 2009

Hume attended Goldsmith’s College in London, and is strongly connected with the Young British Artists group who came to prominence in the 1990s. Hume’s paintings are often distinguished by a bright palette, reduced imagery, simplified forms, and a somewhat melancholic beauty. Hume first garnered acclaim with his ‘Door’ paintings, life size representations of hospital doors recreated with premixed gloss paint bought from a hardware store. These paintings attracted the attention of collector Charles Saatchi, who included them in the 1997 exhibition Sensation, a controversial show which visited London, Berlin and New York.

Gary Hume, Tennesse, 2009

Gary Hume, Kentucky, 2009

Gary Hume, Carolina, 2009

Gary Hume was born in Kent in 1962 and lives and works in London and Upstate New York, USA. Hume represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 1996, the same year he was nominated for the Turner Prize. Solo shows include São Paulo Bienal (1996), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1999), the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (1999), Fundação La Caixa, Barcelona (2000), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2004) and the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004). Group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001), Kunsthalle Basel (2002), Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk (2004) and Tate Britain, London (2004).

Gary Hume, Sculpture 3, 2009

Gary Hume, Sculpture 2, 2009

Gary Hume at Sprueth Magers Berlin, Instalation View

Related Links
Exhibition Page [Sprueth Magers]
Guardian Article [The Observer]
Interview [Royal Jelly Factory]

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