Jan 29, 2017

Adrian Ghenie: 'New Paintings' at Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery hosts Adrian Ghenie’s first solo show in New York for 4 years
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Adrian Ghenie: 'New Paintings'

Now widely recognised as one of the leading artists of his generation, Adrian Ghenie’s first solo show in New York in almost four years at Pace Gallery continues his movement away from the figurative paintings of his early career and more towards abstraction.

The show comes off of the back of a successful 2016 for the artist, as his work continued to soar in value at auction. In October, the artist set a new personal record, after his painting Nickelodeon sold for $9 million at the Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Christie’s. In mid-November two of his paintings sold for a total of over $5.3m at Christie’s in New York.
‘New Paintings’ exhibits 12 new paintings and five collages and illustrates the progression of Ghenie’s works towards greater and greater abstraction. Yet there is still the underlying figurative connection and reference to history that makes his work so emotive. Now, in his latest work, Ghenie chooses to incorporate the present, touching on the political and social upheaval in Europe as a subject matter.

Five collages provide the viewer with an insight into his creative process. Since 2014 Ghenie has increasingly relied on the collages as studies for his ambitious large-scale canvases.

The three self-portraits in the show, with his face obscured in yellow, pinks and oranges unsettle the senses. Building on his 'Pie Fight' series and evolving from his ‘self-portrait as Van Gogh’ series, these confounding pieces add further weight to those who connect his work to that of Francis Bacon.

Recent Paintings will be on view from January 19 through February 18, 2017, at 510 West 25th Street in New York.