25 July – 29 August 2020
10 – 12 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
Hammer Projects: Math Bass
29 September 2018 – 17 March 2019, Hammer Museum, LA
Working across an array of mediums, including painting and sculpture, Math Bass (b. 1981, New York) employs a distinctive language of brightly colored abstract shapes and images to explore notions of multiplicity and regeneration. Bass's stylized forms - including cigarettes, pink dots, and bones doubling as speech bubbles - are arranged and rearranged in endless combinations to deliberately evade fixity, offering the possibility of multiple readings in a single viewing. These recurring images are often installed to mirror one another across two- and three- dimensional works, seemingly trapping the viewer's body between their manifold worlds.
Playing with bodily and architectural scale for this latest addition to ongoing series of paintings titled Newz! (2012-), Bass has replaced their usual raw canvas with the smooth and polished finish of wallpaper. A textured design offers the illusion of large-scale canvas playfully juxtaposed with usually unprimed quality of the previous works. Such tension is repeated in the multiple starts and stops of the painting's simultaneous actions. A flirtatious leg rises and remains suspended in motion; a crocodile opens its jaws only for its growl to emerge in a bubble of sleepy z's. The disrupted momentum further highlights Bass's interest in testing the established meanings of objects and signs, even when they are the artist's own.
As the title of the series suggests, Bass's work concerns itself with the repetition of information and the slipperiness inherent to the process through which that information is filtered. Rather than definitively refuse the viewer's desire for resolution, however, it extends the invitation to inhabit a liminal space in which definition and hierarchy are playfully subverted to allow for new possibilities of experience.