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STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY

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

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THREADBARE
Apr 13 - May 15, 2021
Works by Jonathan Baldock, Huguette Caland, Jeffrey Gibson and Tau Lewis.
Challenging issues such as identity, gender, sexuality and race, the works in ‘Threadbare’ explore the transformative and performative qualities associated with textiles through their inherent connection with the body.

MARINA ADAMS : WORKS ON PAPER (2016–2021)
Jun 4 - Jul 10, 2021
American artist Marina Adams presents the first instalment of her two-part solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery in June 2021. Thirty paintings on paper, all measuring 12 x 9 inches, are exhibited together in the gallery’s Viewing Room. Spanning over five years of her artistic practice from 2016 to 2021, these works reveal Adams’ bold exploration of colour and form on a condensed scale. This is Adams’ first solo exhibition at the gallery following the announcement of her representation in April 2020 and culminates with ‘Wild Is Its Own Way’, a presentation of large-scale paintings in September 2021.

MARINA ADAMS: WORKS ON PAPER (2016 – 2021)
Jun 4 - Jul 10, 2021
American artist Marina Adams presents the first instalment of her two- part solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery in June 2021. Thirty paintings on paper, all measuring 12 x 9 inches, are exhibited together in the gallery’s Viewing Room. Spanning over five years of her artistic practice from 2016 to 2021, these works reveal Adams’ bold exploration of colour and form on a condensed scale. This is Adams’ first solo exhibition at the gallery following the announcement of her representation in April 2020 and culminates with ‘Wild Is Its Own Way’, a presentation of large-scale paintings in September 2021.
 
Investigating the power of paint, line and colour, Adams sketches compositions in charcoal before allowing experimentation whilst working. Her paintings are a study in contrasts and unlikely pairings. Adams approaches her work with a startling minimal colour palette deployed with maximum energy. She brings into play meticulous organisation offset by improvisation. Adams observes and absorbs her environment to depict powerful abstract images with a subtle strength and passion.
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YINKA SHONIBARE CBE : AFRICAN SPIRITS OF MODERNISM
Jun 4 - Jul 31, 2021
Drawing on themes of human hybridity and transformation, these new works juxtapose icons of European Classical antiquity with African artefacts from Picasso’s own collection. The exhibition comprises quilts that explode with colour and polymorphous forms; three hand-painted sculptures depicting mythological creatures and a new series of African masks that explores the artist’s own identity as a “post-colonial hybrid”. These new works are accompanied by an historical archive which captures Paris’ burgeoning interest in African art during the 1920s.
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Click to enlargeLEILAH BABIRYE
Jun 4 - Jul 31, 2021
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Leilah Babirye’s first solo exhibition in the UK and Europe in June 2021, following the announcement of her representation in April 2020. This much anticipated show brings together the largest ceramic works produced by the artist to date, alongside towering wooden sculptures, masks and vibrant works on paper. Babirye’s powerful works are a testimony to her fiercely intelligent approach to the transformation of found materials. Her oeuvre examines the legacies of British colonialism in Uganda and traditional clan systems, encompassing progressive ideas regarding alternative forms of kinship, community and LGBTQI activism.
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