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2016.03.24 Thu, by
David Zwirner | 2016 Art Basal Hong Kong

March 24 – 26, 2016
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center

David Zwirner is pleased to participate in the fourth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong (Booth 1C21), and 2016 marks the sixth year the gallery has exhibited in the city. On view will be new paintings by Michaël Borremans, who will be attending the fair. The gallery is also participating in Encounters, with a presentation of sculptures by Isa Genzken.

Other artists presented include Francis Alÿs, Raoul De Keyser, Marlene Dumas, Donald Judd, Yayoi Kusama, Giorgio Morandi, Oscar Murillo, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Yutaka Sone, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, and Jordan Wolfson

Michaël Borremans,

Michaël Borremans, “The Promise V”, 2016, Oil on canvas, 12 7/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 1/4 inches (32.5 x 26.2 x 3 cm), Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

Michaël Borremans,

Michaël Borremans, “Sirtaki”, 2016, Oil on wood, 8 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches (22.5 x 32.4 cm), Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

About Artist
Michaël Borremans‘s drawings, paintings, and films present an evocative combination of solemn-looking characters, unusual close-ups, and unsettling still lifes. There is a theatrical dimension to his works, which are highly staged and ambiguous, just as his complex and open-ended scenes lend themselves to conflicting moods—at once nostalgic, darkly comical, disturbing, and grotesque. His paintings display a concentrated dialogue with previous art historical epochs, yet their unconventional compositions and curious narratives defy expectations and lend them an indefinable yet universal character.

Isa Genzken,

Isa Genzken, “Skulptur Projekte”, Münster, Germany, Photo by Jason Schmidt, Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Isa Genzken (born 1948, Germany) is widely recognized for her pioneering contribution to contemporary sculpture. With a career spanning four decades, the artist’s oeuvre also includes paintings, collages, drawings, films, and photographs, and frequently incorporates seemingly disparate materials and imagery to create characteristically complex, enigmatic works.

The installation features freestanding floor sculptures belonging to Genzken’s Schauspieler (Actors) series, which debuted as part of her critically acclaimed retrospective organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013). The series, consisting of elaborately outfitted mannequins holding an array of props and accessories, is simultaneously simple and chaotic, static and dynamic.

The Schauspieler (Actors) engage with the architecture of the body, physically addressing theviewer through scale as well as self-portraiture—some of the mannequins wear the artist’s own clothing. Examples on view include Schauspieler III, 1 (2015)—a group of seven mannequins dressed in found and fabricated elements—and Untitled (2015)—two mannequins wearing neon-colored police vests. Positioned by the artist, the relationships and activities of the figures remain unknown, and their highly charged configurations add a psychological dimension to the work.

Isa Genzken,

Isa Genzken, “Schauspieler III, 1″, 2015, Woman mannequin on glass stand, foam, cardboard, ear phones, Ramones t-shirt, black coat, spandex shorts, and broom; woman mannequin on glass stand, green hood, blue and black striped sweater, scarf, floral pants, and plaid bag; male mannequin on glass stand, welding mask, mesh t-shirt, red spandex unitard, doll, and aluminum foil and black tape on feet; male mannequin on glass stand, felt hat, black trench coat, leather jacket, black vest, Adidas sweatshirt, red leggings, and red and white striped broom; boy mannequin on metal stand, Superman baseball cap, black leather jacket, florescent yellow shirt, and brown leather shoes; boy mannequin on metal stand, Superman baseball cap, zip-up sweater, florescent yellow t-shirt, purple, and pink and blue slippers; girl mannequin on glass stand, tweed baseball cap, blue headphones, bead necklace on chain, florescent yellow Nike zip-up jacket, brown trousers, and black leather shoes, 76 1/2 x 119 x 113 inches (194.3 x 302.3 x 287 cm),Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Isa Genzken,

Isa Genzken, “Untitled”, 2015,Male mannequin on glass stand, police hat, head phones, police mesh vest, and navy button-down shirt; male mannequin on glass stand, purple wig, police mesh vest, and navy button-down shirt, 75 x 50 x 22 inches (190.5 x 127 x 55.9 cm), Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Marlene Dumas,

Marlene Dumas, “Love your neighbor”, 1994, Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 118 1/4 inches (100.3 x 300.4 cm), Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

Yayoi Kusama,

Yayoi Kusama, “The Weeds”, 1977, Acrylic and pencil on paper, 16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (41.9 x 54.6 cm), Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York

Giorgio Morandi,

Giorgio Morandi, “Natura morta (Still Life)”, 1948, Oil on canvas, 13 7/16 x 17 13/16 inches (34.1 x 45.2 cm), © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

Francis Alÿs,

Francis Alÿs, “Untitled (Study for Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River)”,2007-2008, Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood, Diptych: Painting 1: 14 x 11 x 1 inches (35.6 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm), Painting 2: 7 x 5 1/8 x 7/8 inches (17.8 x 13 x 2.2 cm), Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London