September 30–December 23, 2017
Sprüth Magers is delighted to announce that, after extensive renovations, its London gallery will reopen on Grafton Street on September 29th, 2017. It takes over the building with an expanded exhibition space occupying three floors. The gallery opens with a debut exhibition of new works by Gary Hume. It is his first solo exhibition in the UK since his retrospective at Tate Britain in 2013, and is also the first time that his paintings on paper will be exhibited publicly.
Gary Hume’s new body of works on paper mark a critical shift in his practice. Emerging from preparatory sketches, they revealed themselves as a unique and compelling body of work that has led the artist to develop an entirely new painting method. The use of domestic gloss paint is indicative of Hume’s practice, yet its effect on the paper ground enables a distinctive interplay between light, depth, and texture that stands in stark contrast to his characteristic aluminium paintings. The paper warps beneath the density of the paint, forming an undulating surface that departs from definitive flatness of his earlier works and creates a diffused reflection of light favouring ambiguity and openness. The formal properties of the new material prevent the artist from being able to scrape back the paint and rework an image as he can with aluminium. Without room for revision, the paintings on paper are much more akin to the medium of drawing, and develop only through the artist’s clear perception of the finished image. They are set in very thin aluminium tray frames, and their sculptural surface is unmediated by glass.