Exhibitions Closing This Week at Almine Rech, Massimo De Carlo, Royal Academy of Arts and more

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Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Almine Rech

César Piette: Homework

2 September - 25 September, 2021

Almine Rech London is pleased to present Cesar Piette’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, from September 2 to 25, 2021. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist is launching NFTs, offering the 3D modeling software files as original sketches through the Foundation platform.

The high-resolution paintings of hyper-plastic reality by César Piette might feel like obvious eye candy at first, but it’s the complexity of the concept behind them that makes them a sweet food for thought. Determined to continue practices firmly rooted in art history, the artist is painting pictures of still lives, landscapes, and portraying people, through representational, narrative-free visuals. But unlike Dutch Golden Age painters that looked at the objects in front of them or through camera obscura, the French artist is constructing his reference imagery through 3D modeling software, utilizing its capability to render realistic-looking objects and settings.

Lari Pittman, Diorama 9, 2021, © Lari Pittman, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Levy Gorvy, Paris. Photo: Evan Bedord.

Lari Pittman: Dioramas

31 August - 23 September, 2021

Opening on the 31st of August, Lari Pittman: Dioramas will debut in London at 40 Albemarle Street a suite of new paintings that reflect on the continued political and personal resonance of the past. Through a group of large-scale canvases to more intimate works, acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Pittman draws on the rich history of the decorative arts, yielding optically dazzling compositions of interlocking forms and motifs that are dense with pictorial references and symbolism.

Installation view, Caninana, Thomas Dane Gallery. © Patricia Leite. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery, Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York. Photo: Ben Westoby.

Patricia Leite: Caninana

3 June - 25 September, 2021

For her inaugural solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, Patricia Leite presents a new series of oil on wood paintings informed by the landscape of São Paulo’s Barra do Una. Leite’s paintings frequently involve the layering of pigment to ruminate on temporal and evanescent states such as qualities of light, ephemeral atmospheres and momentary sensations. In this new body of work, Leite examines a particularly biodiverse ecosystem, portraying the abundant flora, fauna, waterfalls and seascapes of the region.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Massimo De Carlo

Portraiture One Century Apart

1 July - 25 September, 2021

MASSIMODECARLO is delighted to announce Portraiture One Century Apart, the gallery’s first exhibition connecting Milan, London and Paris with one show in three spaces at once. Starting in July 2021, MASSIMODECARLO London, Milan and Pièce Unique in Paris will each present a selection of works by 1920s’ masters of twentieth-century art, face to face with twenty-first-century figurative artists. The exhibition will create a constellation of dialogues: 27 artists of different generations, from seven different countries – from the 1970s to the mid-1990s – will grace the walls of MASSIMODECARLO’s three European outposts.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

23 May - 26 September, 2021

David Hockney RA is one of the most important British artists of the 20th century – and he remains one of the most inventive.

Throughout his career, he’s investigated new technologies and explored different ways to make art, beginning with his iPhone in 2007 before adopting the iPad and Stylus in 2010.

This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been ‘painted’ on the iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production.

As Hockney himself notes: working on the iPad requires the ability to draw and paint. Each work – which has been printed far larger than the screen on which it was created – allows you to see every mark and stroke of the artist’s hand.

Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.

Opening exactly a year after the works were made during the global pandemic, this exhibition will be a reminder of the constant renewal and wonder of the natural world – and the beauty of spring.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Cardi Gallery

Marco Tirelli

25 June - 25 September, 2021

Cardi Gallery is proud to present the first major solo show in the UK of Italian contemporary artist, Marco Tirelli (b. 1956, Rome). Featuring over 150 works in an allegorical journey developed over four storeys of Cardi Gallery’s London space, this exceptional museum-scale retrospective includes drawings, paintings, photographs, and small sculptures, many of which produced for the exhibition.

Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Sid Motion Gallery

Sid Motion Gallery x Press 24 – Charlie Billingham & Aimée Parrott

28 August - 24 September, 2021

Sid Motion Gallery is pleased to launch Press 24 with an exhibition of recent prints and paintings produced there. Press 24 is a print room set up by Charlie Billingham in the neighbouring studio to the gallery space. With community and collaboration at the core of its ethos, Press 24 invites fellow artists and creatives to use an etching press as a playground; experimenting and celebrating all things print based.

For the launch, Sid Motion Gallery hosts an exhibition that starts in the gallery space and extends through to the print room itself – exposing the press at the heart of its activities. The exhibition is a celebration of the possibilities within print. It brings together new work by Charlie Billingham and Aimée Parrott – who have both used the press over the last 6 months.

EMMA STONE-JOHNSON SUNLIGHT IS ON MY TONGUE, 2021 Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas 180 x 180 cm 70.9 x 70.9 in Image © The Artist, Courtesy of Pontone Gallery

Emma Stone-Johnson: Elegant Complexity

26 August - 26 September 2021

Pontone Gallery is thrilled to present a collection of paintings by British artist Emma Stone-Johnson. Elegant Complexity marks Stone-Johnson’s debut exhibition in London and her first with Pontone Gallery. Born in Brighton in 1982, Stone-Johnson works in oil, acrylic, pigment and ink on canvas to investigate abstraction with a subtle, liquid palette of diffuse and tonal colour. Her lyrical handling and delicacy of controlled touch makes for pictures which are complex networks of sinuous and dynamically gestural marks.

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