Search
SIMPS92354 - 'Darkening' (2018)

Lorna Simpson Darkening

Opens on Thursday 25 April, 6 – 8 pm 25 Apr – 26 Jul 2019

Using Black to Paint Light:
Walking Through a Matisse Exhibit
Thinking about the Arctic and Matthew Henson
(an excerpt)

The unanticipated shock: so much believed to be white is actually – strikingly –
blue. Endless blueness. White is blue. An ocean wave freezes in place. Blue.
Whole glaciers, large as Ohio, floating masses of static water. All of them pale
frosted azuls. It makes me wonder – yet again – was there ever such a thing
as whiteness? I am beginning to grow suspicious. An open window.

I am blue.
I am a frozen blue ocean.
I am a wave struck cold in midair.
The wave is nude beneath her blue dress.
Her skin is blue.

About

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘Lorna Simpson. Darkening,’ the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York. Debuting a suite of new large-scale paintings, the exhibition finds Simpson returning to and building upon themes and motifs at the center of her practice: explorations focused on the nature of representation, identity, gender, race, and history. For more than 30 years, Simpson’s powerful works have entangled viewers in an equivocal web of meaning, drawing upon techniques of collage through the use of found materials, often culled from the pages of vintage Jet and Ebony magazines. In ‘Darkening,’ Simpson continues to thread dichotomies of figuration and abstraction with vast and enthralling tableaux that subsume spliced photos and fragmented text, abstracted beyond comprehension. Equally arresting and poetic, the paintings engage viewers with layers of paradox, capturing the mystifying allure of an arctic landscape in inky washes of blacks, grays, and startling blues.

Selected Images

Darkening

1 of 4

Installation Views

SIMPS inst 16 TB.tif

Films

Events

Thu 25 Apr 2019, 6 pm

Opening reception: ‘Lorna Simpson. Darkening’

New York, 22nd Street

Join us for the opening reception of works by Lorna Simpson in New York. Over the past 30 years, Simpson has continued to probe questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender,...

Stories

Current Exhibitions

APPLE69690 The Ethics of Desire

7 Jul – 8 Sep 2019

St Moritz

Hauser & Wirth is proud to inaugurate the gallery’s first summer season in St. Moritz with an exhibition of modern...

Self-Portrait - László Moholy-Nagy

22 May – 7 Sep 2019

London

Hauser & Wirth is proud to present an exhibition of works by László Moholy-Nagy coinciding with the centenary of the...

TYSON94199 Ikebana - Waterfall Stage ( Boss Level)

22 May – 7 Sep 2019

London

Hauser & Wirth London is proud to present ‘Life Still’, an exhibition of new paintings by Keith Tyson. The series of...

KUITCA GUILLERMO-web-hires-cropped

18 May – 18 Aug 2019

Los Angeles

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present the gallery’s first Los Angeles exhibition with acclaimed Argentine artist...

SOTOJ91948

29 Apr – 26 Jul 2019

New York, 69th Street

Renowned as art history’s leading kinetic artist, Soto explored the dematerialization, or ‘disintegration’ of the...

Be the first to know updates about Hauser & Wirth