Beatriz Milhazes: Joá
25 November 2005 - 14 January 2006Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Milhazes's paintings are saturated with colour and loaded with designs loosely derived from flora and fauna motifs. Her sources range from native Brazilian popular culture and baroque religious art of the Americas to geometric abstraction and Op Art. She occupies a unique position between Western and Latin American traditions.
Claire Barclay: Silver Gilt
20 October 2005 - 12 November 2005Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by British artist Claire Barclay. In her work Barclay explores different craft and industrial processes, arranging objects in an intuitive and poetic way. Barclay assembles both common and precious materials into beautiful and menacing installations which often leave the viewer with a heightened sense of awareness.
15 September 2005 - 11 October 2005Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by German artist Stephan Balkenhol. Balkenhol is well known for reintroducing the human figure to contemporary art during a climate when Minimalist and Conceptual trends prevailed. He is influenced by a long lineage of woodcut, in particular traditional Nordic techniques as well as German Expressionist methods. While Balkenhol's choice of wood has varied, his treatment of the surface has remained raw and spontaneous throughout his career. This has allowed his work to remain simultaneously fragile, strong and elegant.
7 June 2005 - 16 July 2005Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by American artist Mark Grotjahn. Grotjahn's paintings and drawings blur the boundaries between abstraction and representation. The artist combines numerous artistic languages and practices in his work. He believes in a contemplative approach to making art where external influences and internal logic amalgamate to produce work that is intuitive, intricately detailed and exceptionally beautiful.
29 April 2005 - 28 May 2005Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Swedish artist Mamma Andersson. Mamma Andersson's paintings of landscapes and interiors are at once comforting and ominous. Her paintings of cold landscapes containing white birch trees and soothing scenes of schoolchildren in their classrooms are often imbued with a sense of mystery and magic. The viewer is instantly made aware that within the familiar scenes depicted by Andersson, something forgotten or foreboding is lurking in the background. Scenery becomes ghost-like
and surreal, figurative images become frightening yet calming.