Tonico Lemos Auad
23 November 2012 - 26 January 2013Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Tonico Lemos Auad. Brazilian born and London-based, Auad's work is inspired by both his cultural heritage and by notions of chance, faith and superstition. Following recent inclusion in the Folkestone Triennial, Além da Vanguarda Bienal Naïfs do Brasil and ‘House of Cards' at Waddesdon Manor, this will be the artist's second solo exhibition in the gallery. For this presentation, Auad will create a ‘planted archaeology' with recognisable forms and everyday materials subverted under his hand.
9 October 2012 - 10 November 2012Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Tom Friedman. Furthering the artist's exploration and transformation of the familiar and the everyday, the exhibition promises an exciting range of materials and themes elevated beyond their original form and executed with mesmerising skill. Painstakingly created, the works reveal deeper intricacies from every viewpoint as the delicate nature of the material is revealed. Styrofoam, wood, wire, paper and stainless steel are all transformed by the artist turned alchemist.
Wayne Gonzales: Works on paper
1 September 2012 - 29 September 2012Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of works on paper by American painter Wayne Gonzales. This is the first time that the artist's unique gouaches have been the focus of a show in London and offers unparalleled new insights into Gonzales' practice. Conceived as finished works, they explore the artist's trademark language working across the spectrum of the figurative and the abstract.
9 June 2012 - 28 July 2012Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce its summer exhibition, Shapeshift, a group presentation in two gallery spaces. The exhibition brings together the work of four contemporary artists: Sarah Braman, Iran do Espirito Santo, Jim Hodges and Erin Shirreff. Although diverse in their formal undertakings, these four artists are united in the subtle, powerful and poetic ways in which they handle their chosen materials.
Mira Schendel in conversation with Max Bill, Naum Gabo, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Roman Opalka & Bridget Riley
27 April 2012 - 30 May 2012Mira Schendel is recognised as one of the most significant Latin American artists of the late 20th century. Her work, which encompasses a broad range of media, is underpinned by a philosophical and spiritual interest in the formal properties of language. Under Schendel's hand - one undoubtedly shaped by the persecution and political unrest so prevalent in the first half of the 20th Century - language is presented not just as a communicative device, but rather a wider visual metaphor for human existence.
15 March 2012 - 23 April 2012Presented here will be eight new large-scale paintings that continue the artist's ongoing exploration into life as a child growing up in China. The paintings form part of a semi-biographical series depicting a unique and provocative portrait of the enduring legacy of China's one-child rule. Introduced in 1979, just five years after Li Tianbing was born, this decree continues to pervade contemporary Chinese life and is questioned on a global scale. Li Tianbing's paintings, a beautiful fusion of portraiture and abstraction, are a thought-provoking articulation of the human consequence of such legislation.
David Shrigley: Arms Fayre
8 February 2012 - 10 March 2012Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce ‘Arms Fayre', a solo exhibition of new work by acclaimed British artist David Shrigley. Presented here for the first time is a group of ceramic sculptures, the artist's most recent taxidermy curiosity and a brand new animation made especially for this exhibition.