29 November 2007 - 19 January 2008David Shrigley, the Glasgow-based British artist returns to Stephen Friedman Gallery for his fifth exhibition.‘GOD IS IDLE' - exclaimed a monumental wall painting included in David Shrigley's recent solo exhibition at the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden. In Shrigley's world we might very well assume that God is idle; dark, troubling, parodic and often contradictory thoughts and actions spiral wildly out of control.
12 October 2007 - 17 November 2007Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of historical work by Greek born American artist Lucas Samaras. Lucas Samaras's original and versatile approach to art making has had a profound impact on developments in contemporary art, creating works which have anticipated dominant trends in painting, sculpture and photography. In this exhibition, rare and early works by the artist are presented alongside ‘Doorway' - a mirrored room environment conceived in 1966 and produced here for the first time.
Paul McDevitt: Solitary Figure
1 September 2007 - 29 September 2007Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present new work by British artist Paul McDevitt. Paul McDevitt's intricate drawings, made from biro, coloured pencil and acrylic spray, explore the realms of fantasy. His compositions resemble anything from comic book illustrations to antique etchings and computer-generated graphic design. His subject matter draws on a multitude of oddly connected ideas. For this exhibition, McDevitt presents his first three-dimensional works which are accompanied by new drawings and a new animation.
6 June 2007 - 14 July 2007Tara Donovan is known for her dramatic yet delicate sculptures, drawings and installations created from vast quantities of mass-produced materials. In previous works she used everyday articles such as paper plates, styrofoam cups, drinking straws, toothpicks and tar paper. A recent work, Bluffs (2006) - a structure reminiscent of crystals or stalagmites - was made entirely from transparent plastic buttons. Held together by nothing more than gravity or hot glue and assembled with interminable patience, Donovan's sculptures mesmerise with ingenious simplicity.
Donald Moffett: Fleisch
20 April 2007 - 19 May 2007Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present 'Fleisch', a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by American artist Donald Moffett. Moffett is known for his richly textured monochromatic paintings. In his work, Moffett often amalgamates the traditional medium of oil on canvas with sculptural elements and, more recently, video projections, while his topics explore social observations and political landmarks.
Thomas Hirschhorn: Substitution 2
9 March 2007 - 7 April 2007Thomas Hirschhorn is widely regarded as a leading artist of his generation. Best known for his sculptural constructions produced from disposable mass manufactured goods, Hirschhorn gathers together references and imagery culled from popular media alongside the work of radical theorists such as Gilles Deleuze and Georges Bataille. In recent works such as ‘Concretion' (2006) an overabundance of graphic images and sensationalist news headlines amplifies Hirschhorn's current preoccupation with war and its corruptions.
Memory and Obsession
24 January 2007 - 24 February 2007Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present 'Memory and Obsession', a group exhibition featuring selected work by artists Tara Donovan, Tom Friedman, Robert Gober and Mark Manders.
Memory and Obsession brings together new and important works by four leading international artists who make sculpture and drawing. By looking at their individual approaches to making art, the exhibition reveals a shared tendency towards the obsessive and a collective interest in personal histories.