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STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY

11 & 25-28 Old Burlington St, W1S 3AN
020 7494 1434

www.stephenfriedman.com
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ANDREAS ERIKSSON : MAPPING MEMORIES, TRACING TIME
Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2020
From 16 June 2020, the gallery relaunches its March exhibition of Andreas Eriksson, 'Mapping Memories, Tracing Time', which brings together a new series of large-scale handwoven tapestries. Rendered in subtle hues of undyed yarn, this body of work offers a unique window onto the artist’s rural surroundings in Medelplana, Sweden.

ONLINE VIEWING ROOM | YINKA SHONIBARE CBE, 'JUSTICE FOR ALL'
Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2020
(Also viewable from the street) www.stephenfriedman.com/viewing-room
In light of the events of the past month and the Black Lives Matter movement, Stephen Friedman Gallery has been amplifying its artists voices in solidarity with the cause. To mark the reopening of the gallery, a monumental work by acclaimed British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE will be presented in the UK for the first time. The sculpture will be installed in the gallery’s Viewing Room, making ‘Justice for All’ visible from the street and giving the work the public focus it deserves. Lights will remain on during the night to make the sculpture available to the public 24/7.

ANDREAS ERIKSSON
Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2020
Andreas Eriksson's presentation at Stephen Friedman Gallery comprises a new series of large-scale handwoven tapestries and a majestic oil and acrylic painting. The Swedish artist is known for his subtly textured paintings of the natural world, describing them as “existential landscapes”. This new body of tapestries expands the artist’s formal language and demonstrates the connections between these two distinct practices.
 
Rendered in subtle hues of undyed yarn, this body of tapestries offers a unique window onto the artist’s rural surroundings in Medelplana, Sweden. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, these meditative works can be interpreted as patchwork topographies or details of organic forms such as trees, earth and rock formations.
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YINKA SHONIBARE CBE : JUSTICE FOR ALL
Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2020
In light of the events of the past month and the Black Lives Matter movement, Stephen Friedman Gallery has been amplifying its artists' voices in solidarity with the cause. To mark the reopening of the gallery, a monumental work by acclaimed British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE is presented for the first time in the UK. The sculpture is installed in the gallery’s Viewing Room, making ‘Justice for All’ visible from the street and giving the work the public focus it deserves. Lights remain on during the night to make the sculpture available to the public 24/7.
 
Shonibare explains, “I wanted to think about Justice, especially in the light of George Floyd’s tragic death. This particular work was exhibited at Singapore’s Old Parliament House earlier this year. Justice has to be equally applied. People of African origin do not seem to have fair justice. Those injustices have always been there and things have to change. Some of these issues I've explored in my work have been going on for thirty years and I’m sad to think that those things are still going on."
 
‘Justice for All’ re-configures British sculptor F.W. Pomeroy’s Lady Justice (1905- 1906), which stands upon the dome of London’s imposing Central Criminal Court (otherwise known as The Old Bailey). Instead of her habitual golden garb, Shonibare’s Lady Justice is depicted wearing a brightly patterned, ankle-length garment, apparently fashioned from ‘African’ batik. With both hands outstretched, Lady Justice wields a sword in her right hand and balances the scales of justice in her left. In place of a head, she sports a hand-painted globe, featuring a map of the world. Shonibare’s oeuvre investigates notions of imperialist authority and power. Seducing us with its colour and beauty, Shonibare re-interprets Lady Justice for an interior setting, whilst retaining the dramatic impact of the iconic public sculpture.
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JONATHAN BALDOCK : FACECRIME (SUSPECT)
Jul 1 - 31, 2020
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present a new installation ‘Facecrime (suspect)’ by British artist Jonathan Baldock in Gallery Two. This monumental installation comprises precariously stacked ceramic columns. Evoking both ancient ruins and a surreal vision of the future, these hand-crafted forms reflect the artist's interest in myth, folklore and narratives associated with ‘outsider' practices. Baldock’s prevalent use of Yves Klein blue makes the work shimmer and glow with a spiritual, alchemical quality.

Click to enlargeLUIZ ZERBINI : FIRE
Nov 19, 2020 - Jan 9, 2021
Brazilian artist Luiz Zerbini presents his second exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, following his acclaimed solo show at South London Gallery in 2018. Juxtaposing organic and geometric forms, Zerbini’s paintings explore the relationship between colour, light and movement. Inspired by the Amazon and Mata Atlântica rainforests, the exhibition reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in the relationship between nature and humanity in and around Rio de Janeiro.
 
Across his career, which spans over three decades, Zerbini has developed a complex visual vocabulary at the intersection of figuration and abstraction. He first emerged within the generational (and global) ‘return to painting’ of the 1980s, centred in Rio de Janeiro around the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts and subsequently defined by the landmark exhibition ‘Como vai você Geração 80?’ (How Are You Doing, 80s Generation?, 1984).
 
The exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery follows Zerbini's major presentation in the group show 'Trees' at Fondation Cartier pour l'artcontemporain, Paris, in 2019. There the artist transformed the main gallery into an urban jungle, combining a large-scale herbarium — complete with a living fig tree — with hyperreal paintings of the rainforest and symbols of Brazilian modernity.
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