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
24 June – 27 August 2017, Yuz Museum, Shanghai
“I’m interested in how an object can become an image of itself, and in how an image can inform an object. We are constantly negotiating our movements through space, and performing towards and around other bodies and objects. I am looking to find moments where the body appears and disappears, when it cannot be certain what is underneath.”
— Math Bass
Yuz Museum is glad to present the Yuz Project Space of Art exhibition of Math Bass “Serpentine Door” from June 24th to August 27th, 2017, the artist’s first solo exhibition in China. Eighteen pieces of her recent paintings and sculptures will be exhibited in the gallery, illustrating a visual space with her unique symbols and colors.
During her artistic exploration, Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass has been building a body of crisp and highly stylized artworks and language system. Painting on raw canvas, she presents an assortment of recognizable objects (fire, smoke, alligators, matchsticks, letters) and simple geometric shapes (circles, zigzags) by using bright even colors and sharpened edges, leaving strong instant impression which continues to resonate visually, and creating moments of perverse tension. The familiarity of these forms is offset by the conflation of themselves and the ambiguity of their relations, impelling us to rethink our perception and relation to things around us.
In this exhibition, Bass not only engages with familiar symbols from the ongoing “Newz!” series, featuring her constant focus on information and communication, but also creates new forms drawn from her experience in Shanghai. While doing a site visit to Yuz Museum last year, Bass took a trip to Yu Garden where she encountered with a series of doorway, which was intended to frame out one’s viewing experience of the Garden. She incorporated the silhouette of the doorway in a diptych titled “Serpentine Door”, showing her strong interest in frames, thresholds, vantage points, and positive and negative space. The four large paintings that are specially made for the glass atrium are also inspired by the idea of multiple vantage points in the museum space, hung back to back as two images sharing across four separate planes, which are endowed with different functions. One side deals with a grid of symbols that act as a ledger to become familiar with the lexicon before entering into the main exhibition space, where as the counter side, aminimal landscape with the binary symbols for A and B, can be read from outside of the museum through the window.
The lexicon of images in Bass’s paintings becomes a theatre of symbols, continually shifting and repeating, which addresses image production and consumption through a language that may suggest the viewers to “read” the paintings.