Gary Hume “Destroyed School Paintings”

Matthew Marks Gallery 522 W 22nd St.

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Matthew Marks presents Gary Hume: Destroyed School Paintings. The exhibition features fourteen new paintings and six new sculptures.

The paintings were inspired by news photographs of schoolrooms destroyed in recent conflicts in the Middle East. The contrast between the naive rendering and innocent subject matter of the wall decorations and the brutal destruction surrounding them is at the heart of Hume’s new work. Their distressing poignancy compelled Hume to bring these found images out of the news cycle and into the realm of more lasting contemplation through painting, initiating a deeper, more empathetic experience of the ravages of war.

In contrast to the paintings, the sculptures in the exhibition are painted a ghostly white. Hume’s familiar Wonky Wheels, the basis of these works, appear here both restrained and energized by elements suggestive of human interaction.

Gary Hume (b. 1962) lives and works in London and Accord, New York. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, and Tate Britain in London. He represented Britain at the São Paulo Biennial in 1996 and the Venice Biennale in 1999.



from September 13, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-09-12 from 18:00 to 20:00


Gary Hume

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