We are delighted to welcome you to this year's edition of Art Basel and hope to see you in Hall 2.1, Booth R16 where we will present new works by three gallery artists that all share an interest in desire, the elasticity of “reality”, perception and representation: Ridley Howard, Linder and Tony Matelli.
Ridley Howard, b. 1973, US. Lives and works in Athens, GA, US.
Ridley Howard experiments with how the elemental forces of painting, colour, shape and design coalesce into something with emotional resonance. His paintings display a cool yet personal relationship to both subject matter and image where simple depictions of people, architectural spaces and landscapes are infused with a specific painterly sensibility. The works incorporate the vernacular of vastly different genres of painting, among them high renaissance, pop art and abstraction. Subtle and deceptively straightforward, the paintings invoke a sense of monumentality while retaining a lingering intimacy and stillness.
With links to American figurative painting as well as to geometric abstraction Howard paints with exquisite care, imbuing his works with a lingering sense of time, of moments that are captured but not frozen. Windows, abstract shapes, sunglasses, and screens open to other realities, where flatness and vastness are entangled. There is also a play with scale in his work, where canvases range from monumental to miniature in size, further complicating the artist’s depiction of intimacy, where tightly cropped compositions often leave out details that would direct the viewer’s sense of narrative.
Linder, b. 1954, UK. Lives and works in London, UK.
Linder is an internationally celebrated artist who applies the principles of collage to the visual languages of graphic design, popular culture, fashion and fine art in the production of photomontages, performances and installations. For four decades, the core of Linder’s work has been the continuous exploration of desire, cultural expectations and the female body as commodity. She is renowned for her radical feminism and has since the beginning of her career been engaged in creating new, alternative images that destabilise the normative ideas of sexuality, interconnection and how the gaze affects our reading of these images.
Linder’s low-tech photomontages – she uses a surgeon’s scalpel, glue and printed media from 1910 onwards to create her work - elegantly fuse disparate photographic elements together.
The new works presented at Art Basel 2022 is a series of photomontages based on a set of German photographs published in the 1940s, with titles inspired by the late surrealist artist and writer Ithell Colquhoun’s Tarot Deck.
Tony Matelli, b. 1971, US. Lives and works in Brooklyn, US.
Tony Matelli’s hyper-realist sculptures make its viewer question what can be accepted at face value; in his work the mundane and common is often elevated into an object of desire, and materials which the eye at first accept as organic, living matter, prove at a closer inspection to be hand-painted, cast bronze objects.
In the works presented at Art Basel 2022, Matelli combines shapes from classical sculpture, with its connotations of history, culture and class, sometimes artificially aging them through various forms of distress, with hyper-realistic perishables cast in painted bronze.
Made of materials that do not age the works relate to both eternal youth and the passage of time, playing with the juxtaposition between the old and new, the decaying and the alive. The duality is poetic but also formal.
Additional works available by Uta Barth, Martín Soto Climent and Xavier Veilhan.
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